Now that it’s officially winter, get your HVAC system ready for winter with these steps. Regardless of where you live every homeowner should be getting their systems in tip top shape. If you’ve not yet gotten started prepping your central heating system, there’s no time like the present.
Furnace Season Basics for Every Homeowner
Being a first time homeowner may mean you have very little experience with home repair. Here are some of the ways to improve your heating system’s safety and performance this year. Here are a few items you may want to put on this weekend’s “to do” list:
Check that your carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarms are in good working order. Furnaces get hot and that makes them a minor risk for fire, especially as they age.
Reverse your ceiling fans. Ceiling fans can help save a bundle on home heating. There’s a switch on most ceiling fan motors that allows you to control which way they spin. In the winter, you’ll want them to turn clockwise at low speed. This will pull the hot air away from the ceiling and push it toward the living area.
Change your filters. Your furnace performs best when the filter is clean. The filter is like a surgical mask for your HVAC system. When too many particles are clogging up the pores, the furnace struggles to bring in a full breath. Ideally, you should change filters when they appear dirty, not when there’s physical material sticking to them. Investing in an electrostatic filter can mean huge savings on replacement filters and gives you a chance to rinse your filter out weekly, so you’ll always have optimal airflow.
Rearrange the furniture. Blocked vents are vents that aren’t living up to their potential. Move furniture out of the way so you can take advantage of hot air coming out of the furnace.
Upgrade your thermostat. Besides being able to turn the furnace up before getting out of bed on a cold morning, smart thermostats can save a lot of energy and money all year long. Since many Americans have their largest utility bills in the winter, this is a great time to make that investment. Products like Nest’s Learning Thermostats, Honeywell’s Lyric and Ecobee 3 are designed to work with popular home assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, too!
it’s a good idea to have a regular inspection to ensure that your HVAC system is ready for winter and it’s in prime working order. Things like cracked heat exchangers are real health hazards. An HVAC inspection and routine cleaning is a very minimal expense and can often be reduced further in price with a longer-term service agreement from a reputable service provider.
These service agreements not only give you peace of mind knowing that your equipment has been carefully inspected and will continue to be at regular intervals, but helps you build a lasting relationship with a high-quality HVAC expert You can find many of these shops in HomeKeepr, just open it up and see who your Realtor has recommended locally!
While you wait for your new HVAC service provider to come and check your furnace, go through our winter maintenance checklist to ensure that you’ve covered all your bases before the cold winds really start to blow.
Shadow Lakes is a community of approximately 300 homes built in the mid 1990s. At the time, the homebuilders were Center Homes (Pulte), Goodman Homes (K Hovanian), Diamond Homes and Ray Morris Homes. Homes range from 1600 square feet to over 3500 square feet.
Walking Distance to Bethany Creek Park and Shadow Lakes Park
Bethany Creek Park is the home of the Allen Veteran’s Memorial and Joe Farmer Recreation Center. The park itself has 4 catch and release pond, hiking and biking trails, a play area, sports courts and tons of picnic areas. Shadow Lakes Park is a 7 acre park next to Shadow Lakes. In addition, a tree-lined walking trail winds throughout the community and provides a picnic pavilion and tables.
The community is located at the intersections of Allen Heights and Bethany Lane east of Highway 75. Moreover, Shadow Lakes is also close to The Villages at Allen shopping center, The Villages at Fairview shopping center, the Allen Outlet Mall and the Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium.
Villages at Maxwell Creek is part of the award winning Allen Independent School District and the residents are served by Chandler Elementary School, Ford Middle School, Lowery Freshman Center and Allen High School, making this community a very desired place to live for families. The community is walking distance to the elementary school and Morgan Crossing city park. Of course, school boundaries are subject to change.
The majority of the homes were built between 1999 and 2002 and range from approximately 1600 square to over 3200 square feet.
The Villages at Maxwell Creek is just minutes from Central Expressway and close to shopping and many other conveniences.
The Villages at Maxwell Creek residents are part of a homeowners association with annual dues of $230.00. This fees covers the management fees and maintenance of the common areas. Fees are subject to change.
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955 Terracotta Drive in Waterford Trails in Allen, TX is now listed for sale.
955 Terracotta Drive Features
This stunning five bedroom, 4 bath Sotherby build home is over 4200 square feet. Its almost impossible to purchase a home this size that also includes 3 car garage and a pool for only $475,000.
955 Terracotta Drive is a well designed floorpan with the master bedroom and guest room on the first floor. Three bedrooms, two full baths, a media room and a large gameroom are located upstairs. In addition, a formal dining room, study and breakfast nook are located downstairs along with the kitchen, family room and utility room.
Sotherby Homes is know for its stunning design elements such as dramatic entryways, arched openings, art niches, rounded corners and bay windows. 955 Terracotta features a solid 8 foot tall mahogany entry door that opens into a beautiful entryway with 21 foot tall ceilings finished with elegant crown moldings. Throughout the home there is 12 foot tall ceilings and 6 inch tall baseboards.
The ornate curved staircase begins with an oak starter step, volute and wrought iron spindles. The upstairs becomes a “catwalk” that overlooks the large family room. One one side of the upstairs there is an enclosed media room and the other side has a large game room with bay windows. The bedrooms are split to provide more privacy.
The neighborhood is just west of Central expressway and south of Stacy Road. Homeowners enjoy the proximity of nearby shopping. The Village at Allen, Watters Creek, and the Allen Premium Outlets are only minutes away.
The homeowners association is managed by CMA Property Management and the dues are $685 per year. The dues cover the maintenance of all of the common area located throughout the community. Half of the community homes were built by Meritage Homes. The other half of the homes were built by Pulte Homes. The homes range in size from 2200 square feet to over 3500 square feet.
Cumberland Crossing in Allen is a luxury community of approximately 470 homeowners. The community is located in the West side of Allen close to Rowlett Creek and is just minutes away from Highways 121 and 75.
Cumberland Crossing is a unique in Allen because it is surrounded by lush woods and has a gentle rolling terrain. Cumberland’s amenities include a trail system that winds through the greenbelt and past a pond that will connect with the city of Allen’s Park & Trail system.
Cumberland Crossing homeowners enjoy a community amenity center complete with a pool, a cabana and a children’s play area. The homeowner association dues are $600 per year for full access to all of the amazing amenities.
Limestone Quarry Park Frisco, a 15 acre park completed in 2007, is located north of Highway 121 between Custer Road and Independence Parkway. The park intersects with the Taychas Trail Park and follows the West Rowlett Creek. The one mile trail is designed for in line skating, bikers, runners and walkers. The trail is also wheelchair accessible.
The park is unique due to the limestone benches and other limestone themed design elements throughout the park. Park amenities include desiginated parking, a covered picnic pavilion, a basketball court, a playground, mosaic art work, hike and bike trails, swings, and a drinking fountain.
Santa Fe Park in East Plano is part of the city wide park system and connects to the trails located at Bob Woodruff Park in Plano. This section is about 1.8 mile long and begins by Springcreek Parkway and ends by Avenue P. There are two drinking fountains and large trees located along the trail. In addition, the park also has benches, 4 grills and picnic tables and a partially covered playground.
Diana Clary Earns NAR’s Military Relocation Professional Certification
Military Personnel and Veterans Benefit from Realtor® Expertise in Military Benefits, the Relocation Process, and Support
Allen, TX March 14, 2017 — Diana Clary with Keller Williams Realty has been awarded the nationally recognized Military Relocation Professional Certification. The National Association of Realtors® awards the MRP certification to Realtors® who help military personnel, veterans and their families find housing that lets them make the best use of their benefits and serves the unique needs of military life.
When military staff and their families relocate, the services of a real estate professional who understands their needs and timetables can make the transfer easier, faster and less stressful. Realtors® who earn this certification know to work with active duty military buyers and sellers, as well as veterans.
“Service members may only have a couple of days to view properties and make an offer, and others might be deployed at the time and need someone who can represent them while they’re away. Working with a Realtor® who understands the singular complications that arise with military service can help make the home buying process simpler, faster and less stressful,” said National Association of Realtors® President Tom Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida. “The MRP certification lets home buyers and sellers know that a Realtor® knows the ins and outs of military housing benefits, such as zero-down payment loans, and the specific needs service members and veterans have when searching for their new home.”
The certification provides NAR’s members with resources to accommodate current and former military service members at any stage of their military career and is an approved elective for NAR’s Accredited Buyers Representative designation. To earn the MRP certification, Realtors must be in good standing with NAR; complete the MRP Certification Core Course; complete a reading providing background information on the military, included acronyms and understanding military culture; and complete two webinars.