Saturday, August 24, 2019

Johnson County Connect Newsletter - How to Save on Your Home, West Nile Virus, Real Estate Stats







Energy Star Recommends setting your Thermostat no lower that 78 degrees

I'm sure you were like me when you heard the Energy Star (a program run by the U.S. Environmental Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy) recommendation of setting your thermostat at a minimum of 78 degrees while your are home and bumping it up to 85 degrees when you are not home, right? They even recommended setting the thermostat at 82 degrees at night.

Sure you can save some money if you follow their recommendation, but who in Kansas can survive and be comfortable with these temperatures inside the house?

I have had a few clients conduct an energy audit on their home and found some simple tasks they can do to save money on the utility bills. The 15 most common recommendations were:
  1. Wash clothes in cold water
  2. Replace older light bulbs with LED's
  3. Turn your water heater down
  4. Upgrade appliances with appliances with an Energy Star label
  5. Install motion sensors on your exterior light fixtures
  6. Schedule yearly HVAC cleanings and change out the filter every other month
  7. Unplug electronics when not in use
  8. Clean out the dryer ductwork
  9. Install dimmer switches
  10. Keep the fridge and freezer full
  11. Install ceiling fans in all rooms
  12. Turn off heat dry on your dishwasher
  13. Plug and caulk air leaks
  14. Make sure attic is properly ventilated and insulated
  15. Replace old leaky windows
Looking for a professional energy audit? Contact Zaarly and get started.



In this issue:

  • Energy Audit
  • What's Happening
  • Home Improvement Idea
  • Did You Know ???
  • Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist
  • New Listings this past week
  • Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist
  • Another Health Warning
  • Interest Rates are Falling!
  • Real Estate Snapshots
  • What is Your Home Worth?
  • Discover More About Your City
  • Interest Rates are Falling!

What another Kansas Health Warning?


Last week I reported about the Blue-Green algae problem in some of the area lakes. This week it is the West Nile Virus. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Northeast Kansas remains high risk for the West Nile Virus.

Remember the three D's when it comes to the West Nile Virus.
  • Dress - where long sleeves and pants
  • Deet - wear mosquito repellant that has DEET as the main ingredient
  • Drain - frequently drain anything that can hold water. Mosquitos don't need much water to lay their eggs.


Home Improvement Idea

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Keeping up with the theme of saving money, replace your thermostat with a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats help regulate the temperature of your home while saving you money.The new thermostat, like a Nest thermostat, will be mercury free and much more energy efficient. You can purchase a programmable thermostat at most hardware and home improvement stores.

Did You Know ???

According to the 2015 census, 580,159 people call Johnson County home?

Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

  • Check for plumbing leaks
  • Replace any worn faucet washers
  • Inspect all electrical cords, wall plates and plugs for damage and wear
  • Check alarm systems (smoke and carbon monoxide) and make sure they are operating properly
  • Make sure all GFCI plugs are functioning properly
  • Replace HVAC filters
  • Make sure attic is properly ventilated
  • Clean dryer vent duct
  • Walk around the home and inspect for critter intrusion
Need help with maintenance items around the home? I have a list of contractors that can help. Let's talk . . .(913) 712-9313.

Interest Rates are Falling!

Mortgage rates have continued to drop from last week. With rates dropping, lenders have been quoting below 3.5% rates on mortgage loans. With the volatility in the world markets, don't expect mortgage rates to stay low forever. Thinking of moving or refincining, take advantage of the low rates. Need help finding the best loan program or rate? Let's talk . . . (913) 712-9313.


JOCO Real Estate Snapshots


To view a Johnson County Real Estate Snapshot including more stats and view listings for sale, go to: JOCO Real Estate Snapshots. Start today and automatically register to win a "Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que Gift Card". Reports are for the past 30 days.

Click her to view over 75 area real estate reports.

STAY INFORMED! Our Real Estate Market Snapshot provides you with relevant, up-to-date market statistics...

  • View Active, Pending, & SOLD homes for sale
  • Average Days on the Market
  • Median Sold Prices and Trends
  • Number of Homes for Sale
  • Easy TO READ report format, viewable via mobile, tables, or home computer
  • Start today and automatically register to win a "Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que Gift Card"


Did you know that the recent real estate activity has affected the value of your home?


Wouldn't you like to know how?

Instantly find out the value of your home . . .


Have a question? Let's talk . . .

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Our mailing address is:
11172 S Lone Elm Rd Olathe, KS 66061


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Johnson County Connect Newsletter - DonorsChoose, Events in the Area, Business Spotlight, Johnson County Real Estate

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Two Ways to Help Your Kids, Grandkids, Nephews or Nieces this School Year

Sure you could start the school year by committing to donating time at your kiddo's school. But if you are like most people and don't have much time or can't commit to a schedule, think about donating supplies to the classroom. A great site to choose is Donors Choose.

Donors Choose is like a kickstarter for the classroom. Teachers who are looking for funds to buy supplies for their classroom will make a request on Donors Choose. Go to DonorsChoose.org, add your school or teacher's name in the search bar and city, state or zip in the location area. Next hit search and start viewing the request. Once you view a request you would like to contribute to, enter an amount and click the Give button.


In this issue:

  • Business Spotlight
  • What's Happening
  • Best Place to Raise a Family
  • Home Improvement Idea
  • Business Spotlight
  • Did You Know ???
  • Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist
  • New Listings this past week
  • Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist
  • Interest Rates are Falling!
  • Real Estate Snapshots
  • What is Your Home Worth?
  • Discover More About Your City
  • Interest Rates are Falling!

Business Spotlight - DIY Woodshop


The DIY Woodshop in Olathe serves as a place where diverse groups of people can have access to vast selections of tools, machines and space. DIY Woodshop
 

Overland Park Named Best Place to Raise a Family

For the fifth straight year, Overland Park was the "Best Place to Raise a Family" in the United States, according to Wallethub. Click here to view the entire list.
 

Blue-Green Algae has been found in Kansas


22 bodies of water have been found to have the dangerous Blue-Green Algae in Kansas by health officials, including two in the Kansas City area. Before you head out to the lake you might want to view the current lake advisories. Current Lake Advisories

Home Improvement Idea

Restore Your Floor's Shine

The versatility and warmth of wood is incomparable to most flooring materials, but regular exposure to foot traffic that tracks in dirt and dust will leave your floors looking dull and distressed. Turn your dull looking floors back to shiny floors by polishing with a product that is specifically designed for hardwood floors. Did you know a wood floor should be polished once a year, and every four to six months in high-traffic areas of the home?

Top 7 Best Hardwood Floor Polish
 

Did You Know ???

If you know of someone who needs assistance to travel in Olathe and is struggling financially, there is help. The City of Olathe has a taxi Coupon that allows rides with 10/10 Taxi. For more information, go to Taxi Coupon.
 

Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

  • Check for plumbing leaks
  • Replace any worn faucet washers
  • Inspect all electrical cords, wall plates and plugs for damage and wear
  • Check alarm systems (smoke and carbon monoxide) and make sure they are operating properly
  • Make sure all GFCI  plugs are functioning properly
  • Replace HVAC filters
  • Make sure attic is properly ventilated
  • Clean dryer vent duct
  • Walk around the home and inspect for critter intrusion
Need help with maintenance items around the home? I have a list of contractors that can help. Let's talk . . .(913) 712-9313. 

Interest Rates are Falling!

Mortgage rates have continued to drop from last week. With rates dropping, lenders have been quoting below 3.5% rates on mortgage loans. With the volatility in the world markets, don't expect mortgage rates to stay low forever. Thinking of moving or refincining, take advantage of the low rates. Need help finding the best loan program or rate? Let's talk . . . (913) 712-9313.
 

JOCO Real Estate Snapshots


To view a Johnson County Real Estate Snapshot including more stats and view listings for sale, go to: JOCO Real Estate Snapshots. Start today and automatically register to win a "Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que Gift Card". Reports are for the past 30 days.
Click her to view over 75 area real estate reports.
 

STAY INFORMED! Our Real Estate Market Snapshot provides you with relevant, up-to-date market statistics...

  • View Active, Pending, & SOLD homes for sale
  • Average Days on the Market
  • Median Sold Prices and Trends
  • Number of Homes for Sale
  • Easy TO READ report format, viewable via mobile, tables, or home computer
  • Start today and automatically register to win a "Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que Gift Card"

Did you know that the recent real estate activity has affected the value of your home?


Wouldn't you like to know how?

Instantly find out the value of your home . . .
Discover More About Your City
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Our mailing address is:
11172 S Lone Elm Rd  Olathe, KS 66061