Sunday, November 30, 2008


1.Is your home ENERGY WISE? Does your home measure up? Windows can make a big difference when it comes to saving energy in your home. Do they need to be replaced? One way to know is if your windows are drafty. If it is yes, then that means it is harder to keep your home warm in the winter, because they let the cold air in. In the summer when you are trying to cool your home, the cool air goes out the windows. This means the heating and cooling cost goes up a lot. The money that you save in energy cost would go a long way to helping you up date the windows. It might even come close to paying for it's self to replace the windows.

Choosing the right windows
* Look for the energy star symbol
* How easy are they to clean from the inside?
* Is the installer licensed and has no complaints against them?

2. The next way would be to add insulation to your Attic and walls

Choosing insulation
* Different parts of the country need more insulation than others, the colder areas need more - that is only reasonable.
* Is the installer licensed and has no complaints against them?

3. Keep drafts from coming around the door, with weather stripping.

When looking for new homes look for the energy star to see if the house will be energy wise or not.

The energy star label was created by the environmental protection agency (EPA) and the U.S. department of energy (DOE) to help consumers quickly and easily identify windows and other products that save energy.

Now it is time for you to do the energy wise things. I would like to hear what you did to make it better for you and your home. Leave a comment. I would like to hear from you.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


1. Find the right property for you.
2. Have the plains made that will be right for the lot. If you do not, it will cost you a lot more trying to put the wrong house on the lot.
3. Have your financing in place ahead of time, be pre-approved.
4. Check out the contractor, are they licenced? Do they have complaints against them with the better business burrow? Get references and check them out. If you do not fallow though, It could cost you a lot - maybe more than money.
5. Make sure that the blue prints of your house plans are all worked out.
6. This is something that will help you stay on time and on budget. Have things picked out ahead of time. What will the out side be made out of, the color. Each and every room needs to have every thing picked out before hand. If this is done you will know what things will cost, what it will look like. You can look for bargains. Think of materials that might be less expensive, but more durable and easy to keep up. For example in the bathroom choose: the toilet, tub, sink, lighting, what is going on the wall and the colors, floor covering, electrical covers (light switches), window treatment, shower curtain, tiles, faucets, crown molding,base boards. Pick every thing from floor to ceiling.
7. Think about how it will be to maintained it. How much will it coast over the years to keep it maintained? Could a different choice be less expensive to maintain?
8. Is it easy to clean? For example: windows, can you clean them from the inside?
9. How energy efficient is your house going to be? This can cost you a lot of money over the years if the house is not energy efficient. What one would you rather have? One that saves you money over the years or one that does not.
10. YOU pay the subcontractors that way you know that it gets done and have the receipts. You do not want to pay twice. ( If the contractor is paid and is to pay the subcontractors,but does not pay them. Then you are the one that has to pay again or the subcontractor can put a lean on your house. That coasts you a lot.)
11. PLAN, PLAN,PLAN, the more you have planned ahead of time the less problems you are likely to have later.
12. Getting the house finished on time and on budget is your goal. It helps the pocket book as well. That is where the planing comes in. You get what you want for the price that you want. The bank likes it better also.

Copyright 2008 Dan and Deanna Finlinson

Saturday, November 22, 2008


What is staging? You hire someone to come in with furniture, art and accessories. The things are placed in a way that makes the best of each and every room. Since they are professionals they know how to help you bring out the best in each room.

Make sure that you give them enough time to do what they need to do. Then plan for the open house after they are done. If you invest in staging, it could help you sell you home for the most that you can get.

It does have a cost, so make sure that it is really going to benefit you. The bigger cities have this service more than the smaller cities. It might not be available in all areas.

This can help to sell the house faster. It is harder to sell an empty house. It is harder for the buyer to envision what the house would look like with out furniture in the house. That is why staging the home is important.

If you think that you would like to learn how to do staging. Check out this website: .

If you like watching tv and need some ideas on what to do with your home, watch HGTV they have all kinds of different shows from buying a home, up dating a room or more, ect. They also have a website go to:

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008


When it is time to update a small bathroom. What is in good condition? What needs to be replaced? How much can you keep out of the land fill by reusing? Starting with the flooring - it is a small space, even if you are wanting to use more expensive tiles. It will not break the bank to make it look nice.

If all that is needed to up date the sink area is a new counter top and faucet, then replace only that. You could even get granite for such a small counter top. They might have remnants for a lot less money so do not forget to ask at the store. Re stain or paint the cabinet and add new hardware to the doors. and it looks like new.

Replacing dated lighting and the mirror can be spiced up by framing it like a picture. Use molding like for base board that is a nice touch.

If the tub looks bad leave it in place and use an insert to cover it up and make it look new. That keeps the tub out of the land fill and is less expensive. What does the tile look like? Is it in good condition but you do not like the color.There is special paint that works on tile paint it the color that you want. This again keeps it out of the land fill.

Now for the walls. Paint is always a good choice. Keep the color light in the small bathroom, it will feel bigger. Do not forget window treatment to set it all off.

I would like to know how it turns out. Please leave your comments.

copyright 2008 Dan & Deanna Finlinson
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1. Every thing takes longer than you think that it will and expect the unexpected.
2. Figure out what the budget is. ( about 1/3 of your income.)
3. Get pre-approved, that way the seller knows you are ready to buy and you know the price range to look in. That way you do not find your dream home and you can not get the money for it because it is to much.
4. Have money saved up for the down payment, closing cost, extras or the unexpected things that might come up.
5. Make a list of the things that are the needs, for example: 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a big kitchen and dinning room, an office (because we work form home and have a big family).
6. Make a list of the the things that wish it would have, but if they are not there it would not be a deal breaker. The example might be a swimming pool, game room, theater room.
7. When looking remember it is not the furnishings and how nice they look, it the house and what condition it is in that you are looking at. How does the house flow? Will it work for your needs and some of your wants.
8. Think 5 years in the future will it still work for you. If you are single, what would it be like having an other person in the house? Are children in the future? Would there be room for them? Are the children growing up and moving out, now it will be to much room?
9. See a place more than one time before you make an offer. You might have missed things the first time around.
10. Once you have found the place that will work for you, go back at different times of the day. You might be amazed at the differences that you find. How would it be to get to work from there, how is the traffic? Are the dogs out and barking? Parking at night.

Have a nice time house hunting. I hope these tips help. I would like to hear from you. Tell me how you did?

copyright 2008 Dan and Deanna Finlinson
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Why you might ask would renters be concerned about foreclosures? The answer is with the economy the way that it is, the land lords are having trouble with paying the mortgages and loosing the property. The renters are paying on time but they are forced to leave when the property is lost by the land lord.

The renters find themselves without a place to live, through no fault of there own making. They have little time to find another place to live. Maybe short on cash for a deposit on another place because they might not have gotten it back from the last place.

We are told to have some savings for such things like this. Be prepared for the unexpected. The economy is hurting a lot of people. Even the ones that you might not expect. This is something that blind sides you and things get worse. It is hard to know what to do for those that are caught in the middle of the mess that the land lord is in with the bank.

It would be nice to see a way out of this economic mess. The government is bailing out the big guys, not so much the little guys. Good luck to us all. We are in this mess together. Lets hope that we can find a way out. For the good of all, not just a few.

copyright 2008 Dan & Deanna Finlinson
Marketing Unscrambled

Monday, November 17, 2008


This blog is to help people with the home that they have now or the home that they want to get. Real Estate tips, remodeling tips, curb appeal tips.

How do you update a room or a home, by making a few changes? Create a new look that is more to your taste.

There are sites that can help you find ideas on different things to do. Think out side the box. Just because everyone else is doing something, it does not mean that you have to do that as well. How do you put your dream into action without breaking the bank? Can you keep it in the budget?

Things that you need to know about finding a real estate agent. If you are going to remodeling or build a new house. How do you choose the right contractor? If you choose the wrong contractor it could really coast you, some times even more than money. Who would do the best job for you?

There are websites that can help in many of these areas. They are good places to get ideas. Look though magazines, the professionals are the ones that put these things together but they can be adapted to your live. They can give a starting point.

copyright 2008 Dan and Deanna Finlinson
Marketing Unscrambled