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Keeping your home functioning safely and efficiently in the winter

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The winter is upon us again. Here are a few tips to keep your home functioning safely and efficiently: KEEP THE BILL DOWN.
Installing a programmable thermostat will help regulate your usage. Set the thermostat at 68 degrees or below to save energy and money.  In the daytime keep window curtains and blinds open to let in sunlight. Sunlight helps to keep a warmer temperature in your home.  Now is also the perfect time to complete a household check to prepare for colder weather.

THE FURNACE
Have a professional check furnace to ensure the pilot light and burners are working properly. The filter should be changed regularly. THE DETECTORS
Be sure to check carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Make sure they are working properly with adequate battery life. SPACE HEATERS
Space heaters should be away from anything flammable and be off when no one is at home. Make sure space heater is approved for indoors use, to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.  FIREPLACE
Properly inspected the fireplace before startin…

Avoid These Common First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes

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Buying a home for the first time can be cumbersome. You’ve never done it before, so it’s normal to feel a bit overwhelmed. Luckily, we’ve pulled together some of the common mistakes first-time home buyers make. Learn from them, and you may have a smoother home buying process. ·Forgetting About Costs: Your mortgage will probably not be the only cost when it comes to buying a home. Smaller costs like property insurance, taxes, electric and water bills, and other fees may start to pile up. Before buying a house, you may need to look further into your savings to figure out if you can pay for all of these additional charges.
·Looking for a Home Before the Loan: Once you find a house and decide to buy it, you don’t want to spend time wondering if you can afford it. Knowing your budget, and that you are a qualified buyer before you begin your search may make the process easier and more efficient. Once you decide that it’s time to buy a home, get pre-approved for a loan. Contact your Century 21 r…