Posted by WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briarwood Real Estate on 6/25/2019

Have you looked at your bathtub or shower lately and thought that it was in need of some work? Maybe you want to do something yourself but don’t know how to do it or even if you can. If you want your tub to look clean and fresh, try renewing the caulk.

Replacing the caulking

This remedy can bring new life to many a surface. If your caulking—that is the rubbery material in the edges and corners of surfaces designed to protect wet areas like tubs and sinks—has changed color over time, it is simple to cut it out and replace it. All you will need is a knife to cut out the old caulk, a fresh tube of caulking in the color of your choice, and a caulking gun. Each of these should be relatively inexpensive and readily available at your local home improvement store. If you have no idea how to use one ask an associate and they will be happy to show you. 

Preparation

First things first cut out the old caulk. Removing caulk can be done partially to take care of a small section that needs replacing or the whole length of caulking to maintain uniformity and a clean look. Once the old caulk is gone, you will need to make sure that you clean and dry the surface to prepare it for new caulking. Insert the tube of caulk into the caulk gun and cut off the tip of the tube. 

How to apply

Slowly apply a line to the prepared surfaces and take your finger along the caulk to ensure that it goes into to crevasse and is smooth on the edges. As you do this, it is important to note that you may wipe up edges that go too far out. But, you do not want to tape or in any other way make sharp edges of your caulk line as this will compromise it causing it to peel away or allowing the water to seep underneath it. Make sure that you completely and carefully follow the instructions on the caulk that you got to ensure that it has the proper time to cure. Final setting up usually takes about 24 hours. 

Value-added

Get ready to enjoy knowing that you have a fresh, clean bathtub that will be good for you, or for anyone else down the road. Replacing the caulking in your house is a cost-effective home improvement that will bring great value for the cost to your home and your sanity when you see it.




Categories: Home Improvements   DIY   bath tub  


Posted by WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briarwood Real Estate on 6/5/2019

The advancement of technology has inadvertently aided the schemes of scam artists, and even though people are now aware enough to avoid being scammed through texts, calls, and emails, technology has only given these scammers new sophisticated ways to maintain their level of menace in the world today through the use of the internet.

Address fraud, a type of identity theft, is one of such ways that scammers dupe people. The change of address process for someone who is moving is unbelievably simple as one fills in a form online or on paper, and all that is needed is mover's name, old address, new address, and signature. 

This change of address form is so that mail redirects to the new address and homeowners that move don't miss any mail. The simplicity of this process is also what makes address scams easy, and frequent because really, all they need is a name, the address, and a forged signature and every single piece of mail redirects to wherever they want it to go. This simplicity gives them access to credit card information and very personal information like bank statements, and health care statements.

In fact, the clutter moving creates makes it hard for them (the movers) to notice any missing mail giving these scammers days, and sometimes even weeks to cause havoc. There are different ways to protect oneself from this kind of fraud and they include;

Make a switch to paperless communication 

Request all important documents like bank statements, insurance statements, and other materials with sensitive information to be sent via email not physical mailbox anymore. As long as you have hard-to-crack passwords and are security conscious, this should deter identity theft and online fraud. 

Protect new information 

Tell as few close friends about the new address as possible. Keep documents containing information about new address away from outsiders. If some of these documents need discarding, it's best to shred them to bits first. 

Update address

Take note that to prevent cases of fraudulent change of address a confirmation card is sent to both the old and new address. The mail should be checked daily to detect and report any suspicious change that wasn't put in effect by the mover. Notify the bank, school, utilities (electricity, phone, tv, gas, etc.), and every other service utility about the move as soon as possible. Don't be put in a vulnerable position when something as little as a loyalty card gets sent to the wrong address, letting all the wrong people know of the recent move.

Be sure to complete your mail change forms correctly before moving and confirm that it is done correctly to avoid being scammed. 




Categories: Real estate   Moving Tips   homeowner  


Posted by WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briarwood Real Estate on 5/29/2019

Renting a one-way moving truck will save you a lot of money when you consider the massive cost of hiring moving professionals. Based on the location of your new home, you could save a substantial amount of money by taking this option.

Fortunately, there are several one-way moving trucks to choose from whenever you are relocating to your new home. Regardless of the location of your new home, there are one-way moving companies that will meet your needs. Below are some about one-way truck rentals that you need to know: 

U-Haul 

The U-Haul rental truck provides a wide range of options to make the truck efficient, easy to load, and drive. The vehicles from U-Haul are lined with ‘rub-nails' for extra protection of your furniture when in transit. The rental rate of U-Haul depends majorly on truck size, the point of origin, place of destination, and the moving date. You are expected to complete your move within a specified number of days. If you have not completed your packing within the set number of days, you can purchase extra days at $40 per day. 

The U-Haul's 10 ft moving trucks are the ideal choice for smaller moves. Students, young couples, and singles moving from one tiny apartment to another can make use of this one-way truck. Some features of U-Hauls rental trucks are:

- Air conditioning

- Automatic Transmission

- Gentle ride suspension

- Fuel Economy

- Driver’s Side Airbag 

Penske 

Penske is a rental company that provides round-the-clock roadside assistance, half-day rentals, flexible cancellation and reservation policies, and unlimited miles on one-way rentals. The company has a reliable, neat, and fuel-efficient truck that is always ready to move at pick-up time. It is worth knowing that they do not require a deposit for one-way reservations. Here are some features of Penske rental trucks:

- Not towing Compatible

- Air conditioning

- Translucent roof and interior lighting

- AM/FM radio, AUX or USB input

- Automatic transmission 

Budget 

If you are tight on budget and you need the rent a one-way truck, the Budget Truck Rental can be your perfect choice. While the cost of renting a truck might be comparatively less, the company does not offer many pick-up and drop-off locations like U-Haul. Budget provides damage waivers, customer’s roadside assistance, and personal accident cargo insurance. Other details of Budget rental truck are:

- Power Steering

- Tie Down Slats

- Power Brakes 

Asides giving you total control, one-way truck rental is also a budget-friendly option. The moving companies and the features of their trucks offered above will provide you with the vital information that you need to know before you opt for one. Call your local trucking company for more details.




Categories: Real estate   Moving Tips   homebuyers  


Posted by WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briarwood Real Estate on 5/21/2019

When looking for a contractor online to work on a project for you, you might end up getting discouraged and afraid to hire one. There are too many stories about homeowners having terrible experiences of theft, delayed jobs, or poorly done work that required another repair.

These experiences happen everywhere but it doesn’t make all contractors bad, there are still great and trustworthy contractors out there. But how can you determine if someone is a good contractor or a swindler out for your money? Below is a list of what you should do to ensure you do not only have the best guy for the job but also that you have someone who seems trustworthy. 

Do Your Research

There are various options available to get a contractor; you can use an internet search or contact local building association in your area to ask for recommendations. You can also contact your insurance company for help and take advantage of the goodwill the contracting company enjoys.

Ask For Referrals

Asking friends and family members for references for a contractor whose services they used reduces your chance of getting duped. Looking at jobs that a contractor completed in the past for relatives or friends gives you an idea on what to expect in terms of work from the contractor. 

Interview A Couple

If you have gotten a few choices, to determine the best man for the job, interview a few. During the interview process ask relevant questions, negotiate prices with each and be sure to read body language. 

Ask Questions

During the interview or after but before signing the contract, make sure you satisfy all issues that need answers. It makes it easier to accomplish when you have a list of questions drafted before the interview session. Ask questions like:

- What is their association membership?

- How long have they been in business?

- Ask for referrals of recent jobs

- How long would they need to execute your project?

- What would the payment style be?

All these questions and more should be on your list. Do not feel like you are asking too much because it’s your money, and you need to be sure about getting value for the money spent.

Ask To See An Itemized Bid

Asking to see an itemized proposal from all the contractors you interviewed allows you compare prices, items required and to determine your best guy for the job. The bid also gives you a clear idea of how much would be needed to execute the project. The itemized proposal should include information on:

- Labor cost.

- Material cost.

- Work permit fee.

- And other miscellaneous expenses.

On seeing the bid, if the amount is more than what you budgeted for, you can easily adjust the scope of the plan to fit your budget.

Working with the steps detailed in this article would serve as a guide for you when next you need the service of a contractor.





Posted by WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briarwood Real Estate on 5/8/2019

If you are not used to the process, moving your home will cost you more than what you budgeted. Your moving costs hinge on how far you’re going, how much stuff you own, and many other factors. However, understanding some of the hidden costs of moving is one of the ways to minimize your moving expenses. Therefore, take a look at the costs and decide if you are paying them or avoid them by considering an alternative. Below are some of the hidden moving costs and how you can avoid them. 

Paying movers to help with packing your belongings

Movers are always ready to help you pack up your belongings for a price. They have specialists as well as a moving team that will assist you in packing your belongings in faster than you could. But, they charge hourly, and you have to pay for their professional service. You can avoid packing cost by doing the packing yourself. You may not be as fast as the professional team, but it is a way of saving your moving cost.

Paying movers to load and unload your belongings

Movers will help you pack and offload your things at a price. The cost may be worthwhile because they are experts that are trained to lift heavy, awkward, and large items. You can also decide to load your belonging at your leisure since many moving companies will drop a trailer or pod container at your home. Also, some movers will even leave their trailer for you to offload your household belongings, giving you the privilege to unload them whenever you feel up to it.

Paying movers according to the weight and quantity of your items

The best way to reduce this cost is to pack only what you need in your new home. Also, check all the things that you have not used for the past three or four years and do away with the ones you don’t need again. 

Stair carry charges

This cost applies when movers take or collect from a higher floor in the house. Also, these charges hold if they have to negotiate steps when moving in and out of your home. The only way to avoid this cost is to make sure that movers don't have to negotiate steps when carrying your belongings. And, what you can do if you are living on a higher floor is to move your items to the main level yourself.

You can realistically minimize costs and avoid several hidden charges once you consider the above tips when moving your belonging to your new apartment. Make sure you ask the movers clearly what all their fees are so that you don't get surprised with an invoice at the end of your move.




Categories: Relocating   Moving Tips   homeowner