Tuesday, January 16, 2018 / by Peter Hewitt Team Realtor
Shorter days and chilly nights can mean only one thing: it’s time to fire up the fireplace. Before you get too far ahead of yourself, let’s talk about fire safety. It’s boring, possibly even a little overly dramatic at times, but the fact is that before you start that first big scorcher, there are quite a few things that you should know. This goes double if this is your first wood-burning fireplace.
Chimney Safety First
The bit of masonry that goes up and out of your firebox and through the roof is actually a lot more interesting than the bit at the bottom that holds the sparks and flames. It’s a bit more than just a masonry tube. It can pull in extra air if your fire’s too big, it can exhaust fumes and smoke, it can house baby bats if you’ve not used it in a while. There’s nothing that chimney can’t do.
Because of its versatility and the vital role your chimney plays in the function of your fireplace, it’s crucial that it’ ...
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 / by Peter Hewitt Team Realtor
Icicles hanging from power lines, trees and other people’s homes can be absolutely gorgeous, but when those delicate frozen water daggers are hanging from yours, it may make your stomach do a barrel roll. Why? Well, it’s just one of many signs that your home is at risk for ice dams.
What’s an Ice Dam, Anyway?
An ice dam occurs when there’s a disparity in the temperature of your roof that causes snow and ice to melt off of the main portion of the deck, then refreeze at the eaves. This results in a sort of hump that slows or prevents further run-off of that same type of melt — it’s a dam literally created out of ice. It may cover the edge of your roof or spill over into your gutters, but either way it’s not good news. You might also notice icicles forming, this is a sign you absolutely need to get in gear and figure out what’s going on upstairs.
Ice dams are no good for several reasons, including the potential to damage your gutter and r ...
Saturday, November 18, 2017 / by Kelly Houston
Staging a home on a budget isn’t as hard as you may think. As a real estate agent, you can advise sellers on how to instantly boost the appeal of their home using tricks of the trade that cost little or no money and bring a huge return on investment.
Small changes add up to create buyer-friendly rooms that can sell a home fast for a premium price. Below, you’ll find five ways to stage a home on the cheap.
1. Curb appeal entices the buyer to see more
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. The tone set by a property for drive-by visitors will dictate buyers’ emotional reaction. They will either love it or hate it based on their first impression. So, neat and tidy is the recipe here.
Manicure the lawn, trim the bushes and weed all flower beds. If the mulch is faded, add a layer of new mulch to freshen it up. These simple changes will add loads of curb appeal.
Once the yard is in order, hang a seasonal wreath or welcome sign on th ...
Friday, October 20, 2017 / by Peter Hewitt Team Realtor
A slower fall season in home buying may help more lingering home buyers to jump in.
Prices are easing somewhat. For the second month in a row, the median price of an existing home dropped. It reached $253,500 in August, after reaching a record high of $263,300 in June, according to the latest data from the National Association of REALTORS®.
“Median sales prices typically decline a bit heading into the fall,” says Danielle Hale, realtor.com®’s chief economist. “Summer is a big time for home purchases, so that families settle in before school starts in the fall. In the fall, the types of homes that sell are smaller for people without kids. So they tend to be less expensive.”
Existing homes are proving to be a bargain compared to newer homes. The median price of a new home reached $313,700 in July, which is 23.7 percent higher than an existing home.
Home buyers may find attractive mortgage rates this fall. Mortgage rates are still under th ...
Thursday, October 19, 2017 / by Peter Hewitt Team Realtor
Crunchy leaves, crisp air, and pumpkin-flavored everything. Lehigh Valley shines in bright oranges and vibrant reds during the fall months. Make the most of the season by crossing off these must-do activities before the colder temperatures start to creep in.
Explore the haunted history of the Christmas City on a candlelit ghost tour with the Moravian Book Shop’s Historic Haunts of Downtown Bethlehem.
Pick the perfect pumpkin at Grim’s Fall Festival and carve it into a creative jack-o’-lantern.
Test your sense of direction at a local corn maze. How fast can you make it out?
Hike to the top of Hawk Mountain to see the birds in their autumn migration as you admire the stunning fall colors.
Sample Chambourcin wines from across the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail. Did you know that all eight member wineries produce the Chambourcin grape?
Take a scenic train ride with Allentown and Auburn Railroad.
Shop the bounty of local harvests at ma ...