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Is Your Home Ready For Winter?

21 Signs Your Home Is ready For Winter

Republished from original post on RisMedia’s HouseCall Blog

Shorter days, cooler temperatures, Halloween – these are all signs that winter’s right around the corner. While the weather is still suitable for working outside, put on your work boots and gloves, head outside and give your property a once-over. Then, work your way inside the home to check its winter-readiness.

Here are 21 signs that your home is ready for winter.

  1. You’ve cleaned out the gutters. This step prevents leaves and debris from blocking drainage.
  2. Checked that downspouts are directed away from the home and free of blockages.
  3. Put away outdoor furniture. Leaving it outside and under the influence of the weather will cause it to age quicker, or it may even get damaged in storms.
  4. Drained and stored garden hoses. Once freezing temperatures hit, any water remaining in the hose (and the home’s spicket and pipes) will freeze and expand, causing them to burst.
  5. Winterized the air conditioning unit.
  6. Tested smoke and CO detectors. Working detectors are critical, as the early-warning systems will alert your family to problems.
  7. Hired a professional to evaluate the insulation. Not sure what’s lurking beneath your walls or attic? A pro can tell you where insulation is failing and where it needs a boost.
  8. Boosted wall and attic insulation where it’s lacking. Retrofitting homes with energy-efficient injection foam insulation is cost-effective, and the job will help keep your family warm all winter long.
  9. Sealed air leaks around doors and windows.
  10. Trimmed tree branches and other landscaping.
  11. Inspected the furnace. Every furnace requires annual maintenance to keep it in good working condition.
  12. Installed a new air filter on the furnace. A dirty filter stops air movement in the furnace, a factor critical to efficient operations.
  13. Purchased a programmable thermostat.
  14. Readied portable humidifiers (or finally installed that whole-house humidifier you’ve been eyeing).
  15. Inspected the roof, replacing worn or missing shingles.
  16. Installed storm windows. If your home only has single-pane windows, storm windows are essential for blocking the cold from coming inside.
  17. Checked the siding, identifying and repairing cracks or damaged areas.
  18. Shifted ceiling fans to clockwise mode, so they’ll push heat at the ceiling down toward the floor.
  19. Weatherized the attic to prevent ice dams. Stopping snow on roof from melting – and potentially damaging the roof – involves three steps: ventilating, insulating and sealing the attic.
  20. Performed a final lawn mowing with leaves on the ground to nourish the lawn throughout winter.
  21. Stored summer equipment such as the lawn mower, leaf blower, etc. for the season. With a little attention to detail around the home’s interior and exterior, you’ll be ready for winter’s brutal assault and rest comfortably inside of your well-insulated, tightly sealed cozy home.

Anita Alvarez covers home improvement, small business, marketing and other topics as a regular contributor to national publications and brands like Popular Mechanics, Angie’s List, Murphy Oil Soap, Green Living Ideas and USA Insulation. In addition, her experience includes writing business stories for The Content Standard, RichlandSource, and other publications.

Buyer’s Remorse- Which items cause buyers the most remorse?

Buyer’s Remorse. Watch Out, It’s a Real Thing.

I sometimes have menu envy when my husband orders something “better” than me when we are out to dinner. That can be bad enough, but the feeling certainly fades quickly. Eating half his meal usually solves that problem. Imagine buyer’s remorse associated with a big ticket item like an appliance or a car. Then with the biggest ticket item – your home! Buying a home is emotional and complex, but in the end it is a financial and lifestyle choice that you must live with for a long time. Perhaps examining the most common sources of home buyer’s remorse can help you avoid a pitfall. surveyed REALTORS® to find out which items caused their clients the most remorse. Here’s what they found as reprinted from REALTOR® Magazine.

  1. Buying too big of a home. Buyers may think at the time having a big home is what they want, but after moving in, they may later regret the expense and upkeep of maintaining a big home. Cooling and heating bills can be much higher and just cleaning the place can become a much bigger chore. Also, if the room size is big, buyers may find their furniture a mismatch and too small. Buyers should bring a tape measure to verify their furniture would work in the space and also to consider the utility bills.
  2. Awkward layouts. The kitchen island is often a desirable amenity among home buyers – it can add prep space, after all. But the housing experts cited say, “kitchen islands can be a mistake if you don’t take your ‘work triangle’ into account.” Buyers are encouraged to walk around the kitchen and consider their usual prepping and cooking patterns.
  3. Not considering what’s missing. Architects and re-modelers sometimes will remove something from a room to give it a more modern, cleaner feel. For example, eliminating the bathtub in favor of just a shower.
  4. Pools. For some home buyers, the pool can become a selling-point that later turns into a source of regret. Pools can be costly and some buyers may fail to consider all of the additional costs. For example, there’s regularly monthly maintenance and cleaning as well as pools in seasonal areas often are opened and closed by a professional.
  5. Falling for fads. “Today’s popular ice-white appliances, steel countertops, and Edison bulb light fixtures are yesterday’s saloon doors, linoleum, and brass hardware,”® notes. “If you buy a house just for its trendy look, you may end up regretting it when the styles change, especially if you have to sell the outdated design.” Experts recommend buyers look for timeless features – classic, well-designed homes.

Home buying requires brutal honesty. Go in to your purchase with eyes wide open and rely on your REALTOR® to answer any questions or concerns you have. Your REALTOR® can help put into perspective any doubts you have so that today’s decision keeps on being the right one for you.

Source: REALTOR® Magazine and

Posted by: Claire Belby

The Hottest Color for Home Interiors in 2015


The Hottest Color for Home Interiors in 2015

Gray interiors are growing in popularity, holding the edge on most popular hue for the second year for home interiors, according to the Paint Quality Institute.

“It’s understated and sophisticated,” according to the Paint Quality Institute in a 2015 color trends report. “And most tints and shades of gray are ‘chameleon’ colors that change appearance when the light changes, so they provide enormous visual interest.”

Part of the gray appeal is that the color can go with just about any other color, an easy on the eyes neutral that home buyers will appreciate too. Gray paired with other neutrals – like white, off-white, beige, taupe, soft blue, or black – can also provide a tranquil color scheme for an interior space, particularly for family rooms and bedrooms, according to the Paint Quality Institute.

Many shades of gray are popular too, from silver tints to gunmetal, charcoal, and slate.

“Grays that contain traces of warm hues like red, yellow, or brown seem cozier, and partner best with warm companion colors,” the Paint Quality Institute notes. “On the other hand, grays that have hints of blue or green seem cooler and more austere, so they are inherently more compatible with colors on the cooler side of the spectrum.”


By: Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Reprinted from REALTOR® Magazine. Originally published August 10, 2015

Late Summer Housing Remains Active

Late Summer Housing Remains Active
Housing data released this week by the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of REALTORS® (MIBOR) shows continued increases in pending sales, closed sales, new listings and sales prices. While all numbers are up, the pace of increases has slowed as we close out summer in central Indiana.

Pending sales increased 4.7 percent in the monthly comparison of August 2015 to the same period last year. In the quarter ending in August, pending sales climbed 7.8 percent. Closed sales increased by 3.9 percent as well in August and by 12.0 percent in the three-month review. New listings rose 4.7 percent in August after a decline the month before.

Sale prices also saw increases in both the one- and three-month reviews. The average sales price increased by 2.8 percent in August and 4.2 percent in the three-month review. Median sales price had a similar jump of 2.7 percent in August and 5.2 percent rise for the three months ending in August. Months of inventory stands at 4.9 months indicating the length of time it would take to sell all available inventory. A more balanced inventory level benefiting both buyers and sellers is closer to six months.

“Buyers and sellers should be encouraged by August housing activity. We are off the pace of the heavy activity we saw all spring and early summer and that’s to be expected in August,” said Kathy Hall, 2015 MIBOR president. She continued, “An unexpected jump in new listings in August is very encouraging however. We know tight inventory has been an issue all year so late summer optimism by sellers eager to list their homes demonstrates we still have a very active marketplace.”

By: MIBOR, Claire Belby

Indy-area Housing Market on the Move!

Local Housing Market Most Active Since 2006
The Indy-area housing market is definitely on the move. It’s been nearly a decade since this many homes sold in central Indiana. In fact in July, closed sales were 14.1 percent higher than one year ago which produced the highest number of closed sales in central Indiana since 2006.

Pending sales, which represent a situation where the purchase agreement is signed but the transaction hasn’t closed, also increased 10.6 percent from July 2014 to 2015. Historically, most pending sales end up closing, so it’s a good sign of activity for the next few months.

All that positive movement goes hand in hand with the fact that new listings decreased by 5.0 percent in July, keeping inventory very low. When inventory is low, buyers need to move fast to make their buying decision and sellers tend to have high expectations that their house will sell quickly because seemingly everyone else’s house is flying off the market.

Local REALTOR® Kathy Hall explains why that dynamic means you need a REALTOR® the most.

Hall states, “low inventory still dogs us and buyers and sellers need help navigating that dynamic. Buyers in this market should take notice of the unchanging low inventory level as it relates to the rise in closed sales. That combination points to the need for quick decision-making on the part of buyers. Likewise, sellers can be encouraged by fast selling times.”

However, she cautions sellers that fast selling times occur when homes are priced appropriately. She encourages sellers to listen to their agent about comps in the area. REALTORS® know the current market conditions and are experts at helping you price your home in the best range for a fast sale.

Call David Morris to list your home (that will sell very quickly in this housing market) or to find the perfect new home in the popular Indy-area.


Posted by: Claire Belby

Indianapolis: Activities to do, Restaurants to try, and Events to attend in the Upcoming Months

Looking for activities to do, restaurants to try, or events to attend in the upcoming months?  Here are some options to consider.

  • Are you ready for some football? Colts vs. Patriots @ 8:30 pm at Lucas Oil Stadium: Sun, October 18- You don’t want to miss Tom Brady’s first game back as the rivalry continues! Get your tickets now.
  • Looking for a new restaurant to try? Check out some Indianapolis local favorites: Cafe Patachou, Bazbeux Pizza, Yats, St. Elmo Steak House, Mama Carolla’s Old Italian, Bluebeard, Goose the Market, Mesh on Mass, Brugge Brasserie, Twenty Tap, 3 Sisters, etc.
  •  Searching for an activity for the kids? Check out the IMAX Theater in the Indiana State Museum August 20-30 and experience Pandas- The Journey Home and Secret Ocean in 3D!
  •  Music fan? Make a short road trip to Noblesville and walk into the giant outdoor amphitheater, Klipsch Music Center, and catch a concert from some famous stars before Klipsch closes for the season: Jason Aldean, Foo Fighters, Brad Paisley, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Dierks Bentley, and Zac Brown Band.
  •  Looking for some exercise? Take a walk, bike ride, boat, or segway along the Canal Walk, which stretches from White River State Park to Indianapolis’ near north side. Hop on the Monon Rail Trailwhich stretches from the northern suburb of Westfield to downtown’s Mass Ave Cultural District where it connects to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Whether it is an event for the whole family or just some alone time by yourself, you won’t be disappointed while exploring the beautiful landscape of Indiana.

Enjoy Indianapolis and take part in all it has to offer! I am always available to serve your real estate needs in the Indianapolis and surrounding areas. Call/Text me if you are looking to buy or sell and need some expert guidance and advice: 317-289-3338