Category Archives: Money Saving Tips

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GREEN TIP: Packing Materials

July 24, 2012
By: cometrealty

Styrofoam packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and foam are useful during a move, but not for the environment.  To go green on your next move, try using old newspapers to wrap fragile items, and then recycle the paper when you unpack. Wrap pieces of furniture and art with blankets to ensure they do not get damaged during the move instead of packing them in foam. If you must use non-biodegradable packing materials, ask around to see if anyone has any from a past move to give…
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TIP: Home Improvements That Pay Off

September 13, 2011
By: cometrealty

Dian Hymer is a nationally syndicated real estate columnist, and author. The temptation is strong: Clean up the yard, declutter the house, and put it on the market without spending time and money sprucing the place up for sale. This is especially the case if you anticipate losing money on the sale. Some real estate agents recommend you do little if anything to get your home ready for sale. This could work if you price the listing to look like a bargain. However, most buyers…
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Four Ways On-line Real Estate Valuations FAIL

August 16, 2011
By: cometrealty

Tara-Nicholle Nelson is an author and the Consumer Ambassador and Educator for real estate listings search site Trulia.com.Q: Knowing that I would be selling my home, I have been following price ranges for comparable properties to my home on a couple of major real estate websites. Now that I am ready to list, all the agents I’ve talked to say that the websites are so out of line that their recommendations are worthless. What a shock! A: Real estate websites have transformed the whole experience consumers have…
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TIMING IS EVERYTHING!

March 9, 2011
By: cometrealty

Timing is everything… Spring forward, fall back! This weekend is Daylight Savings Time (unless you live in Hawaii, or Arizona – two states who don’t need that extra hour of sunshine!) Beginning this Sunday, most of us get an extra hour of daylight added to our day.  I give my house a tune-up on DST weekend. I challenge you to spend one of your extra hours of sunlight making your home healthier for you and your loved ones. The cost of these few items is…
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WINTER 2011 ENERGY & COST $AVING TIPS

February 27, 2011
By: cometrealty

1. Turn down the dial.Set your thermostat to 68 degrees. With each degree you lower, you can save 2-5% on heating costs. Layer warm weather clothing while at home and you won’t even notice the difference. At night or when leaving the home for an extended period of time, lower the thermostat to 55-60 degrees. An automatic thermostat will make this even easier! Just program the temperatures based on your daily schedule. Doing this will knock off 5-20% on your heating bill. 2. Don’t overreact…
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