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I’ve Moved to Houston!!!

6 Mar

Hello Fellow Austin Friends,
No, I haven’t just gotten lazy on posting. I have moved to Houston, and my new blog is under construction. Please save it in your bookmarks:  I look forward to serving you in H-Town!


Procrastination is the Thief of Time…And Money! Don’t Delay Home Maintenance

15 Oct

“Procrastination is the Thief of Time!

Did your mother ever shove this saying in your face when you were a kid and procrastinating on tackling your homework?

Well, Momma was right!

And it turns out home maintenance is no different from that homework you avoided.  The procrastination will cost you more time, stress, and MONEY in the end!

So many of my Sellers in the Austin Real Estate Market get overwhelmed when it is time to sell, and they are preparing their property for the market.  They feel like there is a list a mile long of things they need to do to get their home sold.

Unfortunately, the reality is, even with all this work invested, many times Sellers aren’t even doing anything extraordinary that places them above and beyond the competition; rather they’re just getting caught up on a lot of deferred maintenance!

Save yourself the hassle!  Don’t put off general home maintenance until something breaks and costs you even more money, or you are in a panic trying to GET YOUR HOME SOLD!  Instead, stay on top of your home’s maintenance; that way, when it is time to sell, you can put your time and dollars into ‘extra’ projects that will make your home shine and GET SOLD for TOP DOLLAR!

TO DO (To Get it Done!) Fall List: Protect Your Austin Home

13 Oct

Now that you don’t feel like your skin is going to melt off every time you step outside of your property in Austin, TX, this is the perfect time to tackle a few household projects.  (Don’t forget the Importance of Maintaining Your Property.)  Here are a couple starter projects to get you on your way:

1Caulk: You know, that sealant that keeps moisture on a rainy day out, also stops air leaks that lets your heating and cooling escape. When we have had a year like this, where extreme  dry conditions pervaded it is time to “touch up” around the home. Review areas around windows, doors, and any openings that are entry or exit areas for pipes etc. In most cases, you can touch up the caulk where it has opened up or lost some adhesion. In some cases, in might be better to take a screwdriver and carefully remove any real loose caulk, and then touch up.

2Do you ever bother to look at that outside Air Conditioning condenser? Hot dry climates pack dust in the fins, which causes loss of efficiency and could lead to failure. Get the garden hose out, make up a bottle of 50% water and Vinegar, spray the fins on the condenser and let sit for a moment, then carefully spray off the fins starting at the top and working downward.  Do NOT use pressure that bends the fins; you want good pressure, but not too much!  You will be surprised at the gunk that comes out!

Don’t forget your air filters on the inside: Hot dusty climates make change out every 30 days or so a must; other factors like pet dander, or fall cleaning can kick up a lot of debris in the home as well.

One trick that I have learned from the pros, is that most HVAC units have provisions for more than one air filter. You can buy the cheap fiberglass filters 5 at a time, and a couple of those nice pleated pollen filters too. Then, take the cheaper filter and put it first in the air flow, backed up by the pleated filter, this keeps the pleated filter from catching all the big stuff and choking up.  Change the cheap filter out in 30 days or so, and then change both out 30 days from that, as it helps the more expensive filters last longer and do their job with little waste.

3. Give your trees a ‘haircut:’ Walk around the home and look at any surrounding trees.  Remember to cut branches back 6 feet from the roof if possible to keep them from damaging your roof shingle.  (With the dry conditions and brush fires which have abounded in Austin, TX we should all take a hard look at our dead branches!)

4. Paint: If areas are looking thin or exposed, time to touch up now.  Water behind the paint causes many issues.  In general,  a good coat of paint reduces wood rot and deterioration of the exterior surfaces as well.

5. Do you know where your freeze protectors are for the outside hose bibs? They are cheap this time of year, but the price goes up as the cold front comes in (yes, think back really hard, and you’ll remember those frigid nights last year in Austin), have them on hand. You may be like me, and have to buy new ones each year as for some reason the dogs thing these are “chew toys” mounted on the outside walls.


Do you have a great home maintenance project idea or tip?  Please share in the comments below!  We’d all love to learn from you!


Now, STOP reading and start DOING!

*These Great Ideas Are Courtesy of Austin Pillar to Post!

Why Austin Rocks!

10 Oct

I am so lucky to say that I constantly run across articles showing that Austin is defying the National economic trends.  See for yourself!

So What’s the Deal with Facebook Timelines?

28 Sep

I dunno…but let’s learn together!

I hope you find this article,  “Facebook Timeline: A Complete Overview,” useful courtesy of InmanNext.

Water and Energy Conservation Tips

26 Sep

Hey Fellow Austinites!  My bills were SCARY this summer!  How about yours?  Well, in order to help all of us without a cool green property, here are some tips to help you save some CASH any time of year on both your water and utility bills and be kind to the Earth!

By the way, did you print up your $5 Coupon for Grooming at Woof Gang Bakery yet?

$5 of Grooming at Woof Gang Bakery Austin, TX

23 Sep

Happy Friday Everyone!

In case you didn’t know this about me, I LOVE  A DEAL!!!  Today, I want to share a deal with you!

$5 Off Grooming at Woof Gang Bakery, located in Central Austin.

Woof Gang is a special spot:  Not only do they have fabulous groomers, but they also offer beautiful baked goods for your pup, unique collars and leashes, nutritious treats and dog food, toys galore, and yes, even that Longhorn jersey every dog needs!

Want to visit Woof Gang now?:

So go ahead, click on the coupon link, print it up, and set up your next grooming appointment.  Tell ’em Erica Sent Ya!

…Oh, and if you happen to have a Golden Retriever, you should join my Meetup!

Note: If you have trouble printing the coupon, follow these instructions:

1.  Right click on coupon

2. Select Medium 640

3. Right click on Medium 640-sized coupon in new screen and either save the file and print it through your photo management service OR paste photo in a new blank Word document and print that!