Friday, June 22, 2018

Prepare Your Home for Summer with these Tips

Real Estate Matters with Tim Bro

Prepare Your Home for Summer with these Tips

Summer is just around the corner which means it’s time to spruce up your home and get ready for the warm weather. Here are five useful tips to get your home ready for the season.

Check cooling units. Check that your air conditioning units are running properly. To save money have it preset to the temperature and times that you’re home.

Secure your pool. Make sure you have proper safety fencing and gates installed around the perimeter. Check that all latches are in working order and secured.

Fix the sprinklers. Run your sprinkler one zone at a time to see if there are any broken heads or cracked pipes. Replace any bubbling or geyser-like sprinklers with a new head. Also, consider a drip system … much more efficient.

Touch-up the paint. Not only does it protect your house from water damage and mold, but also gives your home a fresh look. Before painting, consider pressure washing the exterior walls of your home to remove, dirt, stains, and mildew that paint can’t hide.

Trees and shrubs. Inspect the trees and shrubs on your property and cut any tree limbs or shrubs that touch your house. Summer winds can cause these to rub on your roof or siding, resulting in damage that could be costly to repair.

If you’re considering selling … you’ll need to do some prep work. To get advice on what to do, call Tim Brodowski @ 858-354-2354, Global Luxury Home Specialist.               

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Making Retirement Dreams a Reality

Real Estate Matters with Tim Bro

Making Retirement Dreams a Reality

So is retirement wishful thinking or reality? Shaky finances could derail future retirees’ dreams. After all, Baby Boomers have saved just $164,000 (estimated median) in all household retirement accounts.

Here are some suggestions to turn that dream into reality.

Create a budget. Include income, living expenses, paying off debt, and financial goals – building towards long-term retirement goals.

Have a financial plan. Start saving for retirement and save consistently. Avoid taking additional loans and early withdrawals from retirement accounts.

Participate in employer-sponsored retirement plans. Take full advantage of matching employer contributions and defer as much money as possible.

Housing needs. When the family was growing you may have needed that 3, 4, or 5 bedroom home. But do you need it now? Maybe your new retirement lifestyle warrants a change. Maybe a nice, smaller house or townhome with no yard work and minimal exterior maintenance makes better sense. Freeing your time to travel, spend more time with family and friends, and enjoy your favorite hobbies. Call Tim to help guide you through your downsizing decision.

To make your housing retirement dreams a reality, call Tim @ 858-354-2354, SRES, Global Luxury Home Specialist.  BRE #01224576