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HVAC Maintenance & Repair Tips for Homeowners

With summer nearly over, I’m sure you (like me) have been reminded just how much we use our air conditioning. Soon, in the winter, you’ll be reminded of how often you use the furnace, too.

It’s one of the major systems in your home, and a surprise issue with one of these systems can be a nightmare if handled improperly. That’s why I wanted to share a video from Angie’s List that I recently saw about proper maintenance of your heating and cooling systems.

If either unit is having issues, did you know you can actually hire technicians who are specially trained to work on certain brands? For example, if you have a Trane system, you can find a tech who is trained specifically to work on Trane products.

Secondly, always remember to get a second opinion when someone recommends that you replace a system because oftentimes a repair will do. You want to be certain of this when it comes to a part of your home that should last 20 years, especially considering the cost of a replacement. 

Unfortunately, as the video points out, there are a lot of people out there who deal with these systems and prey on customers who don’t know any better. If you’re hiring a company, you should investigate them by checking out their web reviews or social media pages. 

Also, be proactive with service on these systems. If you wait until the system is broken down to get it checked out, you are now at the repair company's mercy. 

As always, if you have any real estate questions about the Metro Atlanta area, just give me a call or send me an email. I’d be happy to answer them for you!

The Benefits of Working with a Team Over an Individual Agent

A question I’m often asked by consumers is, “What’s the benefit of working with a team versus working with an individual agent?”

When you think about going to the dentist’s office, what usually happens? First, you walk into the door and are greeted by the receptionist who’s there to ensure that you’re having a pleasant experience. Your teeth are then cleaned by the dental hygienist. From there, the dentist comes in to take a look at the x-rays, oversee the job the hygienist did and make final recommendations on your behalf. 

Now imagine if there were no receptionist and no hygienist. That would mean that the dentist, in addition to making final recommendations, would also have to be responsible for answering the phones, greeting people out the door, and cleaning everyone’s teeth. Does the opportunity for error increase? Of course it does. 

A real estate team is a team of specialists working to the strengths of their personalities. As a negotiation expert, my time is better spent, and should be spent, protecting your wallet not tied up in the behind-the-scenes paperwork. However, the behind-the-scenes work is equally important to ensuring you the smoothest transaction possible. Is there really any aspect of the transaction you are willing to sacrifice?  

My expertise is ensuring that people’s wallets are protected.

My expertise is not the paperwork that happens behind the scenes. How can a single agent call a lender, or an attorney’s office, or a vendor, if they’re out showing a property or at a listing appointment?

When you’re working with an agent from the Homes by Lorie Team, all of the details behind the scenes are being taken care of at a very high level by different people who specialize in making sure they’re covered. Your agent, then, can focus on their expertise in negotiating the best deal for you to protect your wallet. 

If you have any other questions regarding the benefits of working with a team versus an individual, please give us a call. We’re here to help you with all your real estate needs.

How We Sold Steve's House Faster Than Expected

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"The result was we finally sold a house. She was helpful. We had to go through a couple of adjustments to finally sell the house. I think they probably couldn't have gone any faster than what they did. We had to adjust a few times figure out how to attract the right customer. We talked about each time we made a change. She made suggestions, we evaluated it, and we went on. Which is what I expect from a good Realtor."