It was a wonderful experience! Crystal is professional and knowledgeable! She also has a great personality and easy to work with. I highly recommend her.
~ Jennifer S.
Kansas City, Kansas Homes
Kansas City, Missouri Homes
Lake Quivira Homes
Mission Hills Homes
Mission Woods Homes
Overland Park Homes
Prairie Village Homes
Roeland Park Homes
Spring Hill Homes
Westwood Hills Homes
The story of The Heritage Home Team begins several years ago with a young woman who had a passion for personal finance. Crystal wanted to learn how the average American grew their wealth. What her studies always brought her back to was that Americans that owned homes were wealthier and more ‘comfortable’ then Americans that did not own their own home.
But, it’s not just about moving into any home. It’s about finding a home of good quality in a good area that will continue to appreciate year after year. This is what Crystal and The Heritage Home Team pride themselves in: finding a good quality home, in the target price range, in the available time frame.
How does this apply to you, the seller? Whether in a seller’s OR buyer’s market the best way to sell your home is by appealing to potential buyers; to make sure they can see themselves living in your home, not wondering who currently lives there. My job is not only to help you price and market your home aggressively – it is also to view your home through the eyes of a buyer, from the very beginning.
The Heritage Home Team also prides itself in being ‘green’. You’d be amazed at how wasteful a life on the go can be. The Heritage Home Team drives hybrid cars, only prints when needed – and double sided if possible, saves files in electronic format instead of paper format, shys away from prepackaged products, and is learning how to be greener every day. The little things add up!
Summer is winding down and fall is in the air. There are a few things you should do to prepare your house for the upcoming fall months.
1. Turn off that water – hoses and sprinklers
If you leave hoses attached to your outdoor faucets, freezing temperatures can cause the water to freeze and potentially crack your pipes. Turn off any water valves that lead to exterior faucets and stow your hoses until next year.
The same goes for sprinkler systems. Even though your sprinkler system may be underground, the pipes can still freeze.
a. Turn off the water to the main system
b. Turn off the automatic controller
c. Open drain valves to remove the extra water
d. Make sure any above ground sprinklers are empty of water as well
If you don’t want to do this yourself, you can hire someone to come out.
2. Check the seal
Grab some exterior caulk and check the outside of your home. In particular, check: cracks between trim and siding, window and door frames and pipes going into your house.
This is a simple and inexpensive way to prevent moisture from seeping into your home.
Also, check the weather stripping around your doors and windows. If you can slide a piece of paper under your door or window easily….you have a problem and need to replace the weather stripping. You can also place a lit candle near the door or window (just don’t catch anything on fire) and see if the flame flickers, if it does, you have a leak. This can also help reduce your heating bills (seals off the air gaps).
Make sure to clear away any leaves or brush that have built up in your gutters. This will help prevent ice dams. Also, check to see if your downspouts extend at least five feet away from your home. If not, you can add an extension.
You want to make sure your furnace is in tip-top shape for winter. Schedule an appointment with a heating and cooling specialist to have them run a few tests. Also, change your furnace filters (this should be done every two months through the year).
5. Green thumbs
Ok, you don’t need a green thumb to prune your plants, but if you’re bad at keeping them alive, now is your chance to act like you know what you’re doing. You want to make sure all of your tree limbs and bushes are at least 3 feet away from your home. This will prevent damage to the exterior when there are high winds.
6. Heating up
Check your fireplace(s) to see if the flue opens and closes (actually look up into it). While you’re in there, check that there aren’t any nests, branches or trees. You want to see daylight. You should also have your chimney cleaned once a year by a professional chimney sweep to get rid of creosote. Creosote is only applicable to wood burning fireplaces. If it builds up, it can result in a fire you weren’t expecting.
7. Stay on top of it
Check your roof for missing, cracked or buckling shingles, leaky vents and corroded flashing. If you see any of these signs, have a professional come out to fix the problem or give you a second opinion.
If you need a list of recommendations, let us know!