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Paper house in green grass over blue sky. Concept of constructioIt’s almost summer! With the weather getting better outside, maybe it’s time to start making a list of weekend projects to complete. While you might not be able to tackle some of the hard, long-term projects -- kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, deck additions -- you can do some easy improvements that will make your house more appealing and functional. To help put the list together, here are some common weekend summer projects to consider:

#1 Repaint the interior and/or exterior

If your walls are starting to look chipped, cracked or particularly worn down, now is a good time to refresh them with a coat of paint. Look at the local home improvement store for neutral colors that will make your home easier to sell down the road. You can have one accent wall that’s brightly colored, but you run the risk of detracting from buyer appeal.

For your exterior, it’s probably best to stick with the original color -- unless it’s really unappealing. Then go with neutral colors as well. You should never have more than five major colors going on throughout your home interior and exterior.
Consult a painter if you need help deciding what best fits into your home color scheme.

#2 Remove debris from gutters

Now that it’s nice outside, you should start cleaning out your gutters. They’ve gathered a lot of debris from the fall and winter -- leaves, branches, dirt, etc. -- so get ahead of any rainfall. If they’re near a lot of tree branches, there’s a good chance they’ll gather more before summer is over. So get up on a ladder, use a rake or your hands, and start cleaning them out immediately. If you don’t, the gutters will clog up, which prevents moisture from draining through the downspouts and to the sidewalk. This could lead to potential siding and roof damage. Don’t wait!

#3 Power wash and seal the deck

If you have a deck, there’s a good chance it was worn down by the snow, ice and wind over the winter. To revitalize it for the spring and summer, remove all of the debris with a power washer. You can use a power washer yourself or hire a professional to do it for $200 to $400. Professionals have the experience to safely handle a power washer, and they can do it quickly too. Then you can reapply the sealer. It will shine anew under the sun and be ready for anything the climate throws at it in the months ahead.


Photo courtesy of CD Lawn Care in Baraga, MI


#4 Mulch garden beds

By applying a new layer of mulch in the summer, you can prevent weed growth and give your plants -- old or new -- some new nutrients. Mulch prevents weeds by keeping out oxygen and light. At the same time, it holds in soil’s moisture so that when you water, less evaporates into the air. Be sure to apply only 1-3 inches deep and give trunks or stems 3-5 inches of space so as not to deprive them of oxygen.

You can either invest in organic or inorganic mulch. Organic mulch includes leaves, grass clippings, tree bark pieces or hay/straw. It breaks down over time and adds nutrients to the soil. Inorganic mulch options include rocks, gravel or plastic pieces.


#5 Caulk or weather strip around doors and windows

To keep your home’s indoor temperature consistent and prevent any pests from getting in, think about recaulking or weather stripping your doors and windows. There’s a chance that, over time, the caulk or original weather stripping around these areas has broken down from inclement weather or repeated use. If you don’t do it now, your A/C will turn on more often because air is escaping through leaks around the windows and doors. This is a good preventative measure that pays back in the winter with your heating system too. Recaulking your windows, in particular, also prevents rot and mildew growth.

#6 Clean out the HVAC

Now is a good time to clean out your HVAC system before you start using your central A/C a lot. You need to clean out your A/C unit, including the filter and any components that might have debris or dust buildup. If you have an A/C unit separate from your heating system, then consult your manual for how to clean out the system. This includes parts like the:

Condenser coil

Fan motor
Compressor
Blower compartments (might need a pro’s help)

For those who have an outdoor A/C unit, you need to think about any preventative measures for debris buildup. You don’t want to spend hundreds on A/C repair because you didn’t perform the proper maintenance.


These are only some of the projects you might consider pursuing on the weekends. If you have other areas of your house that need work -- the kitchen, bathroom, den, bedroom or backyard area, for example -- then tend to those areas. What you focus on depends on what’s been hit the hardest over time and how much money you want to spend.

This blog was contributed by HomeAdvisor. Posted on Jun 16 2015 by Andrea Davis.

Posted by Frank Ferrell on June 27th, 2015 7:45 AM
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$145,000.00
654 Lake Villas Drive

Altamonte Springs, FL 32701



Beds: 3 Rooms: 7
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1894
Garage: 0 Built: 1974
 

FOR SALE $145,000 ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, 3/2.5, 1894 SF, BEAUTIFUL LAKE ACCESS/VIEW END UNIT TOWNHOME IN MOVE-IN-READY CONDITION. MAINTENANCE-FREE LIVING.
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Posted by Frank Ferrell on June 24th, 2015 6:23 AM
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104 Northwood Drive

Longwood, FL 32779



Beds: 3 Rooms: 6
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1497
Garage: 2 Built: 1979
 

FOR RENT $1,450: Desirable Longwood/ Lk. Brantley/ Wekiva Area!! This comfortable 3-Bed/2-Bath, 1,500 Sq.Ft. attached home offers you plenty.
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Posted by Frank Ferrell on June 20th, 2015 10:55 AM

Orlando’s housing market is riding its traditional summertime wave of home sales — fueled in part by both low interest rates and more inventory — and posted positive numbers for the month of May. Sales of existing homes increased 10 percent while the median price also increased 10 percent when compared to May of 2014, reports the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association.


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Posted by Frank Ferrell on June 15th, 2015 11:30 AM
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$260,000.00
4221 Watermill Avenue

Orlando, FL 32817



Beds: 4 Rooms: 7
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1777
Garage: 2 Built: 1983
 

Completely remodeled 4/2 pool home in desirable Watermill Community
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Posted by Frank Ferrell on June 10th, 2015 3:57 PM
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$175,000.00
5649 Kalmia Drive

Orlando, FL 32807



Beds: 3 Rooms: 7
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1850
Garage: 1 Built: 1954
 

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Posted by Frank Ferrell on May 4th, 2015 1:20 AM

Orlando area home sales in March jumped 25% compared to March of 2014. The overall median price increased more than 10% in the same March-to-March comparison.

 
Posted by Frank Ferrell on April 21st, 2015 6:14 AM
Posted by Frank Ferrell on April 21st, 2015 5:54 AM
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$215,000.00
2500 Porterview Way

Orlando, FL 32812



Beds: 3 Rooms: 8
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1843
Garage: 2 Built: 1996
 

Stunning one-story brick & block move-in-ready home on oversized fenced corner lot, featuring an open floor plan, arched entries, soaring 10-ft plus ceilings, centralized kitchen, split-bedroom design, two separate living and dining areas, interior Laundry, side-entry Garage, new roof and much more!
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Posted by Frank Ferrell on April 2nd, 2015 10:04 AM


Sales of existing homes in the Orlando area took a big jump last month, with nearly 20% more homes closing in February 2015 than in the same month last year.   Orlando's overall median price rose almost 5% from  February 2014 to February 2015.    The overall median price for February 2015 is $165,000,  4.5% increase compared to $158,000 last year. The year-to-year median price comparison has now increased for 43 consecutive months.


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The overall median price for January 2015 is $155,000, a 3.68% increase compared to the $149,500 median price in January 2014. The year-to-year median price comparison has increased each month since July 2011, and is now 34% higher than the $115,500 recorded for that month.

Posted by Frank Ferrell on February 17th, 2015 6:08 PM

 

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This infographic offers an overview of the home buying process. For more details on this process, click on 9 Steps.

Posted by Frank Ferrell on February 9th, 2015 10:21 AM
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$2,100.00
1909 Applegate Cove

Casselberry, FL 32707



Beds: 4 Rooms: 0
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 2110
Garage: 2 Built: 2004
 

For Rent: 4-bed/2-bath in quiet gated Brookwood community near Tuskawilla amenities and zoned for A-Rated Seminole County schools.
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Posted by Frank Ferrell on February 6th, 2015 10:39 PM
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$1,195.00
3651 Atrium Drive
#U-5
Orlando, FL 32822



Beds: 2 Rooms: 5
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 820
Garage: 0 Built: 1984
 

For Rent: $1,195 Fully Furnished 2nd floor 2 BR 2 BA Condo at Ventura Country Club. First, last and $1,000 security. Available March 1, 2015.
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Posted by Frank Ferrell on February 4th, 2015 10:25 AM

Did you buy a home in the Orlando area last year?

Now is the time for all buyers who bought a home in Florida last year to apply for the Homestead Exemption to help reduce the amount you pay on your property taxes.

If you purchased your primary residence in 2014, you are eligible for the exemption which can
reduce your taxable value on your home as much as $50,000, saving you approximately $750, annually in property taxes! You may also qualify for additional homestead exemptions if you are over 65 years old or have a disability.

The assessed value of your homestead property cannot increase more than 3% per year or the percent change in the Consumer Price Index. Often, this tax savings can now be transferred to a new Florida residence should you move.

In Florida
you need only apply for the exemption one time, and it will automatically renew each year thereafter as long as the home remains your primary residence. Depending on which county you reside in, you can file online, via fax, regular mail or in person at the Tax Appraiser’s office.

You may file for homestead exemption year round, but the deadline is March 1 to receive the exemption in the same tax year of your filing. Applications received after the deadline will be processed the following year.

To learn more about the Florida Homestead Exemption, Save Our Homes, and other property exemptions, call or visit your local county property appraiser or
see the links to property appraiser’s offices listed below by county.

Orange County

Seminole County

Osceola County

Lake County

Polk County

Volusia County

Posted by Frank Ferrell on January 28th, 2015 10:36 PM


With low interest rates and improving job market, buyers aren’t waiting until the spring. They’re buying right now.


If you’ve considered selling your home this year, waiting until the spring to list your home means you’ll face the most competition for a prospective buyer.

Home inventories are currently low, so now is the time to beat the spring rush of housing inventory to the market and list your home today.

Find out how the market is doing right in your neighborhood by clicking on
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Posted by Frank Ferrell on January 27th, 2015 11:27 AM
The overall median price in December 2014 was $170,000, a 6.25% increase over the $160,000 median price in December 2013 and 3% over last month’s median price of $165,000. Orlando’s 2014 annual median home price of $164,000 finished 9.5% higher than 2013's median price of $149,627, thanks to 12 consecutive months of price increases.

Posted by Frank Ferrell on January 22nd, 2015 11:06 PM

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