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Your October Home Checklist

by Chris Wylie

Hello October!

Here is your October home checklist:

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This time of year is warm. You start to feel holiday spirit coming along. Most people take to decorations to get their house in order for the season. Thanks to Laura Gaskill from Houzz, you now have a To-Do October Home Checklist that is sure to help you get settled into this wonderful time of year! Hello October, we welcome you! Now get started on this check list and make your home happy with the season. 

 

1. Rake Leaves.

2. Clean Gutters and downspouts.

3. Put up storm windows and doors.

4. Decorate outside spaces. 

5. Shut off exterior faucets and hoses for winter.

6. Sharpen knives.

7. Launder and iron holiday linens.

8. Decorate with layers of warmth.

9. Check safety devices.

10. Swap seasonal clothes. 

11. Start and art wall for school projects.

12. Start planning or making holiday gifts.

13. Savor your favorite fall traditions. 

 

For in-depth information on each task, click here.

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Life Hacks: How They Saved Me Time and Money

by Chris Wylie

When you have little time, and little cash, upkeep on you home and life can be frustrating. I feel your pain. While trying to decide how to organize my house, and make cleaning quicker (and easier) I began to search around for ideas from friends and online. I came upon several sites that actually help you with these tasks! They are called “Life Hacks” and they are miracle workers for sure! They were full of creativity and I could not believe that I had not already thought of some of these awesome ideas I found! These Life Hacks are going to change your life in a positive and shocking way! Not only did I learn new ways to keep up with cleaning, I found ways to organize, kill bugs, and even fix things! Plus so much more. I have provided for you the following links that have made my life easier, home cleaner and saved me money! Enjoy!

Chemistry Life Hacks
 
Life Hacks That Make Things Easier
 
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Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
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Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

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Fill Your New Home with Love First and New Furniture Second

by Chris Wylie

Moving up to a new, larger home is exciting. Finally, you are out of the shoebox apartment or overfull two-bedroom. Each of the kids has their own room, and you could play basketball in the living room. It’s great; there’s just one problem: You have a lot of new space to fill and not much furniture to fill it.

Moving can be an expensive process, and going on a shopping spree right after you move in to decorate your new home might not be the best idea.

Here are a few tips for filling all that new space without depleting your bank account and stressing too much.

Get Used to Your New Home before Buying Anything

No one expects your new house to magazine perfect right after you move in. So, why rush anything? Take some time to get a feel for your new home and decide exactly how you want to decorate. What furniture will work best and where? What style of home décor do you like? It will come to you, and you won’t run the risk of splurging on something you don’t need just because you feel pressured to fill an empty space.

Set a Budget and Stick to It

Don’t go into debt or max out your credit cards trying to fill up your new house. You know what you can spend, so set a budget and stick to it. It’s okay if you only buy a few pieces at a time or need to save up for a month to buy that sofa. You’ll enjoy your new furniture that much more knowing you won’t have any trouble paying the mortgage or the bills that month.

Concentrate on High Traffic Areas First

What rooms in your house get the most use? Those are the rooms you should tackle first. So, rather than concentrate on the formal dining room, take care of the living room, kitchen and bedrooms first. Just approach the process of filling your home one room at a time, but keep the momentum going. It’s a process.

Don’t Overdo It

Buying new furniture for your home is exciting, and it’s easy to get carried away. Try to avoid letting the rush overtake you. Make sure that you don’t make your new, larger home fill just a crowded as your old home by doing too much. Remember, you bought a new home because you wanted more space.

Take Your Time

Buying a piece here and there over the next few months or even years is fine. There’s no rush. If it takes you a while to find that perfect chair or dining room set, that’s perfectly alright. It’s better than being stuck with a piece that doesn’t quite fit. Set aside some money in a dedicated decorating account for all those little pieces that you may stumble upon one day when you’re out shopping. Then, if something grabs your eye, you can buy it guilt free.

Decorating your new home is supposed to be fun, and planning, setting a budget, tackling your house one room at a time and going at your own pace while decorating will ensure that you enjoy the process to the fullest. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you find your dream home.  

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Photo courtesy Tim Samoff at Flickr.com.

12th Annual Fall Home & Garden Show

by Chris Wylie

Waterway Marriott and Convention Center, The Woodlands, Texas

Is your home or exterior area in desperate need of a facelift?  Or perhaps you are just one that likes to stay abreast of the latest trends in interior and exterior design.  Either way, you and your family are invited to come out to the Waterway Marriott this weekend for the 12th Annual Fall Home & Garden Show event. The event offers professional tips and trends to help you create a dream home both inside, and out.

The Home & Garden Show event will be featuring products and resources for big home projects, small projects, and everything in between.  Exhibitors will be representing the finest companies from The Woodlands and the North Houston area.  They will include, but are not limited to, Stewart Land Designs, Texas Solar Outfitters, Built Green Custom Homes, Adooring Designs, Simple Elegance, and many more.  A variety of guest speakers will also be taking to the stage, enlightening your family to the most up-and-coming trends for home design.  Randy Lemmon will be bringing his gardening and landscaping advice, while John Johnston will educate you on how to execute a kitchen remodel.  Throughout the course of the weekend, the event will offer advice and techniques in the areas of updating your home décor, to the latest in cookware, to exciting new home-automation products. 

Admission costs to attend the 12th Annual Fall Home & Garden Show event are $9.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors, and free for children ages 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door, the day of the event. Please bring cash, as it will be the only form of payment accepted.

So this weekend, be prepared to indulge in the latest in home design and remodeling crazes, courtesy of the area’s top home professionals.  Returning for its 12th consecutive year, the Fall Home & Garden Show promises to be more exhilarating, stimulating, and inspirational, than in any of years past!

Saturday August 23rd from 9:00 AM-7:00 PM

Sunday August 24th from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

For more information regarding the 12th Annual Fall Home & Garden Show, please click here.

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Photo courtesy of David Clow/flickr.com.

Integrating Smart Technology into Your Home

by Chris Wylie

The latest trend in home remodeling isn’t a color scheme or granite countertops. It’s turning your home into something out of a science fiction movie.

Smart homes are finally here, and homeowners are surprised at how affordable it is to convert an existing “dumb home” into a cutting-edge, smart home.

Smart homes used to be well beyond the budget of the average consumer, but with increases in technology – and the fact that nearly everyone has a smartphone or tablet – the cost of integrating smart technology into the home has plummeted.  

It won’t be long before smart-technology integration is a requirement rather than a bonus feature– especially in the luxury real estate market.

Why not be ahead of the curve and make the transition now rather than later?

Here are a few things you can do right now for relatively small investment.

Smart Door Locks

How often do you lose your keys, or have to rush home to let in a visiting friend or open the door for a handyman? Or how about all the time you waste digging through your pocket or purse trying to find your keys with a handful of groceries?

Well, once you install a new Smart Lock System you won’t ever worry about any of those things again. For example, the August Smart Lock unlocks as soon as an authorized person approaches the door. You can also unlock – or lock – the door remotely in case your guests beat you home. You can even issue temporary keys to people like contractors or short-term guests. Smart locks like the August Smart Lock typically cost between $150 and $250 and can be installed in a matter of minutes.

Smart Interior and Exterior Lights

For decades we’ve been trying to set it up so we don’t need to get off the couch or out of bed to turn off the lights – with limited success. Now, with just a screwdriver and a few minutes, you can install smart lights switches throughout your home that can be controlled via a smartphone app or your voice. These lights can be set to turn on or off on a preset schedule or when the sun rises and sets. Smart light switches – your best option – run about $50 apiece. If you don’t want to take the trouble to install new switches – or you have a healthy fear of electricity – you can choose to install smart light bulbs by Phillips Hue. You can then control each bulb through your smartphone. You don’t even need a screwdriver.

Smart Thermostats

The most popular thermostat currently on the market is the Nest Thermostat. Programmable thermostats have been around for years, and they are great. There’s only one problem: You have to program them. The Nest Thermostat eliminates that need. It programs itself. All you have to do is set it and adjust it as you normally would throughout the day. It will remember and begin to adjust itself. The Nest Thermostat also gives you the ability to set and monitor it via your smartphone or tablet. A Nest Learning Thermostat is just $249 and can be installed in under an hour.

Smart Appliances

Finally, there are the new smart appliances. These are the most expensive upgrade you can make to your home. There’s just no way to turn a dumb appliance into a smart one. You have to buy new appliances, but if you are in the market for a new refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee maker or washer and dryer, going the smart route is something to consider. Imagine a refrigerator that alerts you via text if you are low on milk or a coffee maker that cleans itself. Or how about a washing machine that tells you if there’s a problem or an unbalanced load? Very cool.

Integrating smart technology into your home will improve your quality of life, and it will also improve the resale value of your home if you ever decide to sell. It’s a feature that is still new and exciting and can help with the marketing of your home. Anything that sets your home apart in a positive way is a good thing. So, given that the cost is so small relative to the possible return, why wouldn’t you take the initiative and smarten up your home? Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Photo courtesy of Stephane at Flickr.com

Home Maintenance for First Time Home Buyers

by Chris Wylie

When it comes to buying a home, especially for a first-time home buyer, the most important thing to them to is the layout, space, comfort, detail and design, and location. Most first-time home buyers get so excited about owning a home that they overlook the important aspects of the home: what lies within and underneath that could cause messy issues that require high amounts of maintenance and could be costly to your wallet. Thanks to Christine Tusher at Houzz, here is “A First-Time Buyer’s Guide to Home Maintenance” for those who are just getting started. Let me break down what she says a first-time home buyer should be looking for after buying a home. This is a list of maintenance that should be done on your home within the first year of owning:

  •     Check your furnace and HVAC filters
  •     Recaulk your windows

Read more here...

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

DIY Outdoor Projects!

by Chris Wylie

We all need a little garden therapy every now and then. For those of you who grow their own veggies and/or are beginning to turn more towards the organic nation- Thanks to Stephanie from Garden Therapy, I have found a few outdoor projects that you can easily make at home. These DIY (Do It Yourself) projects will help you  maintain and take care of your organic garden. These projects will also help you get rid of unwanted pests in your garden, home and backyard. Lets not forget to mention that the ingredients that are used in these projects are completely organic themselves. Read more here...

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Get Your Home In The Summer Mood

by Chris Wylie

Welcome to Summer time! The days are hotter and the nights are more fun! Is your home is the Summer mood yet? Here are some tips to use so that you can get your home and family in the mood for Summer time- that is, if you’re not already. There are fifteen simple ways to get your home ready for the Summer mood brought to you by Houzz.com. Depending upon where you live, most of these will be helpful solutions! Here is a quick run down:

1. Hang outdoor curtains.

2. Collect shells in a big glass vase- try marbles or something shiny for a Texas summer. Read more here...

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

5 Problems With Your Home That Are Only Going to Get Worse

by Chris Wylie

How would you feel if I told you that the problem you just paid $5,000 to fix could have been solved with just a few hundred last year? Pretty bad, right? Let’s be honest, you would be kicking yourself.

Each year, thousands of homeowners across America experience what I just described. They put off fixing a small problem until it became a very big and very expensive problem.  Then, they had to pay the bill. Don’t make the same mistake.

Here are five small issues that could become big problems if you don’t address them quickly.

Poor Drainage

After a good rain, check around your home to make sure that the rainwater is being channeled away from your home and not pooling around the house or overflowing the gutters. If you do notice that water if pooling or overflowing the gutters, check your entire gutter system for clogs, leaks, corrosion and gaps. Poor drainage can lead to foundation problems, rotting siding and even mold and mildew problems if it gets into the walls.

Damaged Roof and Siding

Your roof bears the brunt of any storms, and so, it’s the most susceptible part of your home to water infiltration. Siding has almost as much exposure, and what your roof and siding protect is very expensive to fix and replace. One day, when it’s nice and sunny out, take a pair of binoculars out and inspect your roof shingles or tiles for signs of damage. Are shingles curling or missing? Are tiles cracked and gone? You might also want to get a ladder and climb on the roof to check the flashing. If you notice any problems, have a professional repair them.

The same goes for siding check for damaged siding regularly. Pay special attention to areas around you gutters, windows and eaves. You can seal these gaps with caulk.

If water gets into your attic or into your walls, it can cause structural damage that can cost thousands to repair.

Termites and Ants

These critters might be small, but they can of plenty of damage in a short amount of time. Termites and ants love moist conditions. That’s another reason that making sure the area around your home is draining properly. Experts advise that you should have a professional check your home at least twice a year for signs of termites, but termites and carpenter ants can cause a huge amount of damage in six months. It’s a good idea to inspect your property yourself between inspections.  You can check for termites by poking a screwdriver along the mudsill. If it goes through or in, you have termites. Carpenter ants leave little piles of sawdust in their wake.

Mold and Mildew

Remember a few years ago when everyone was petrified of “toxic” mold. Good luck selling a home if there was even the slightest evidence of mold. Well, since that time, people have come back down to earth about mold and mildew. It’s no longer a death sentence, but it is still something people need to keep an eye out for as it can be evidence of larger problems. Generally a mold and mildew situation occurs when either moisture is trapped in the walls or under carpet or there is a persistent damp environment – like a leaky pipe that goes unnoticed for weeks or months.  If you notice mold and mildew in your home, first cut off the source of the moisture. Then, you can treat the mold and mildew problem. Most small problems – under 10 square feet – can be effectively treated with a solution of one cup chlorine bleach to one gallon of water. Larger outbreaks will require professional assistance. So, it’s always a good thing to catch a mold and mildew problem early. Bleach costs a couple of dollars a gallon. A professional remediation service costs thousands.

Cracks in the Foundation

Oh, no! There’s a crack in the foundation. Don’t worry. It might be nothing. Houses settle over time, and cracks do appear. Most of the time they are no big deal and do not affect the home’s value in the slightest and are not a safety hazard. Still, a crack is something to keep an eye on. As a general rule, vertical cracks are okay. Horizontal cracks are bad. If a sharpened pencil can fit into a crack up to the yellow, that’s not good. If a crack measures over 3/16ths of an inch across, that’s not good. If you have any concerns, you should mark the crack with chalk or a piece of tape and monitor it for a few months. If it continues to grow, call in a professional structural engineer to take a look at the problem before it becomes a major structural issue.

Protect your real estate investment. Don’t let minor issues with your home turn into major, expensive headaches. Keep an eye on these problems areas --- and others that might be specific to your region – and your real estate investment will appreciate – not depreciate. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Photo courtesy of Eric Haney/ Flickr.com

Decorating 101 - Do it Yourself or Hire A Pro?

by Chris Wylie

Some people have the eye for design. They can fill in the blanks just right, place things in certain areas to make the room seem bigger, smaller, darker, lighter, etc. They can choose colors and make each room flow evenly and set any tone. These people are interior designers. They have an act for decorating. On the other hand, most people do not have that creative spark within them. These are the people that hire professionals. Read more here...

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

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