Posts tagged ‘Pennsylvania Real Estate’

December 11, 2013

Helpful Holiday Tips

The Clock is ticking, time to get your home ready for the holidays. Getting it ready means more than simply decorating, especially if you are hosting a holiday party. Before you deck the halls, take time to get organized. Be the host everyone will be talking about, for all the right reasons!

Holiday Checklist

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AskHomesale.com provides real estate advise and information for home buyers, home sellers, and homeowners alike. Askhomesale.com is part of the Prudential Homesale Family. The Homesale Family of Companies is the leading real estate company serving the Baltimore, Maryland, South Central and Southeastern PA real estate markets.  Prudential Homesale has more than 25 offices with over 1,000 REALTORS®. Prudential Homesale’s footprint includes Maryland real estate offices in Baltimore City, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Westminster, and Timonium.  Pennsylvania real estate offices include York, LancasterWyomissing, Chambersburg, Gettysburg, Harrisburg, and Schuylkill Haven.

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August 12, 2013

Getting your College-Bound Teen Ready

collegeboundWithin the next month many parents will face the tough task of preparing their teen for dorm life for the very first time.  For the majority of students the concept of a home away from home can be overwhelming and a little bit frightening.

Here are some tips to help guide you and your teen through this exciting and trying period:

Emotional Impact…Your kid may appear confident and eager to leave home, but the truth is this can be a difficult transition for both of you.  Getting to know the school before classes begin is a great idea!  The more you know, the more you will feel a part of his/her life.  Plan a trip to see the campus if possible, an online virtual tour is a great alternative if you can’t visit.

On-campus housing can fill quickly; hopefully the room reservation was sent in as soon as your teen was accepted!!  Also encourage them to reach out to their new roommate ahead of time.  Facebook is a great way to connect and to get to know the person before moving day.  Get to know their likes/dislikes, hobbies, about their family, etc.  It’s also a way to organize who is bringing what supplies and furniture so they don’t end up with duplicates.

Small things can be done ahead of time to help kids adjust to their new state of independence.  Sit down and talk to your student about the expenses involved and help establish a budget that will work for everyone!  Sometimes pre-college programs are available and will provide them with a “small dose” of college life.  Talk about the great opportunities ahead and don’t dwell on challenges.  There will be good days and bad days!  The first semester is usually the hardest!  Communicate regularly, but not too much.   Be open to communication, but let them initiate it.  During these calls, pay attention to the names of classmates and professors, remember the course names and other information he/she shares with you.

Parents will also need to discover ways to handle their own separation anxieties!  This is a great time to find a new hobby or activity and develop new routines.  If Friday was always family night, find something else to do; get together with friends or enjoy a date night with your significant other.

A little preparation, good communication, and a little bit of confidence can make the college experience a memorable one for all of you!

Shopping List:

Laptop / Printer / Ink Clorox Wipes / Swiffer
Sheets/Blankets / Comforter Desk Lamp
Backpack / Messenger Bag Mirror
Laundry Detergent / Bag / Quarters Alarm Clock
Small Fridge / Microwave (if allowed) First Aid Kit / Other necessary medicines
Power Strip Storage bins
Shower Caddy A little piece of home (pics, etc.)
Flip Flops! A must for walking back & forth to the shower Car Accessories – gas credit card and AAA card are highly recommended!
Academic Supplies Room Freshener!!
Small Fan / Space Heater (if allowed) Snacks

Do you have a child heading into Kindergarten? Read our blog post on Avoiding Kindergarten Jitters.

August 1, 2013

DIY Projects to cool your home!!

staycoolblogSummer is a great time for some of our favorite activities, like hiking, swimming, relaxing at the beach, or just enjoying the outdoors.  But at times the heat of summer can become a bit uncomfortable…..especially in your home.

Tackle these simple projects to make your home more comfortable for those times you are ready to take a break from the outdoor heat!

A/C Filter – Avoid costly air conditioning repairs by performing some basic maintenance……replacing the air filter.  This should only cost a few dollars and will help ensure that your a/c continues to run smoothly and efficiently.

Install Shades – A door or window shade can help block out a great deal of the sun’s heat.  They are simple to install and can be fairly inexpensive.  Be sure to measure carefully!  Keeping the blinds closed on extremely warm days can greatly reduce your cooling costs!

Shade Trees – Planting trees to shade your home is a great idea if you are planning to stay there for a while.  It seems like an ideal solution to have their canopy for shade, but we know trees do not grow overnight.  However, there are certain types that will grow faster than others!

Drafts – No matter what time of year, drafts can torment every homeowner!  In the summer, drafts can allow the stifling heat into your home, while allowing the cool air to escape!  You can detect leaks by guiding a candle around the frame of doors and windows, watching the flame for signs of a draft.  Once located, simply remove any old/worn caulk and replace it with new, waterproof filler!

Check A/C Ducts – If you have been using your a/c for a few years, chances are some of your duct work may have come loose.  Loose duct fittings can cause a 20% drop in your air conditioner’s efficiency.  Take the time to inspect the ductwork and repair any areas that show “wear”.

Bedding – This might seem like a very minor task to consider, but the difference you will feel with light-weight fabrics is quite noticeable!  Heavier fabrics trap heat making it harder to sleep if you are too warm!  Natural fibers like Egyptian cotton, will allow better circulation and a much more comfortable night’s rest!

Take care of these few DIY projects this weekend………so next weekend you can enjoy yourself whether you are out OR in!!

January 28, 2013

Thinking about your next home project?

winterDoing any type of work on your home can be a thrilling adventure. Conventional thinking has been to tackle home improvement and remodeling projects during the spring and summer months. Well, it is time to change the way you think! One of the best-kept remodeling secrets is to do your remodeling work during the winter months.

  • The Price is Right-Contractors may provide incentives during the winter if their work is slow. You can also beat the typical price increases that occur in the spring for items like lumber, windows, cabinets, etc.
  • Beat the rush-Don’t try to schedule your projects when everyone else is! Right now many contractors have less to do and can schedule and perform your renovations a lot quicker. This is the best time for those interior projects like painting, replacing flooring, updating lights, or replacing cabinets.
  • What about the mess? Don’t be concerned about dust and fumes. With the products and technology available today, contractors are able to contain the mess to their work area. Items such as plastic zip doors, fans with negative pressure, and filters to seal off heat ducts are available to insure that your family won’t be inhaling anything they shouldn’t be!
  • Less Interruption-Many folks plan vacations to escape the long, cold months of winter. That is a great time to have work done at your home. You won’t have to deal with the inconvenience and havoc that remodeling can sometimes cause in your daily life. So go on, relax, enjoy a break. When you return you’ll find only a beautifully, completed home renovation project; no mess and no hassle for you.
  • Outside Project? Yes, if the weather cooperates, you might even be able to cross one of these projects off your to-do list. Outdoor painting may not be such a good idea, but building a deck, porch, or other addition might just be a possibility.

It’s time to “think outside the box”. Get your contractor working during the off-season. You may be able to save yourself money and get your projects done a lot sooner than you thought! Your contractor may even thank you for keeping them working during these slow winter months.

It’s a win-win situation for all!

January 21, 2013

Property Information at Your Finger Tips

While looking at properties, call or text our Home Info 24/7 phone number and get property details before you even leave the curb.

ADAMS & YORK: (717) 801-1845
BERKS: (610) 228-4346
CHAMBERSBURG: (717) 496-0826
CUMBERLAND, DAUPHIN & PERRY: (717) 798-3858
LANCASTER & LEBANON: (717) 715-1835
MARYLAND: (433) 268-0780
SCHUYLKILL: (570) 385-1488

You’re on the go – grocery shopping, taking care of the kids, your morning commute, or just cruising through a neighborhood where you might like to live. Every time you see a home you like, the yard sign has a different phone number to find out more. Try calling that number during the evening or on the weekend, and you may find that the office is closed or the agent is unavailable. At Prudential Homesale, we think it should be easy for you to find out more about any home for sale when it’s convenient for you.

Prudential Homesale’s Home Info 24/7 is your curbside connection. Listen to current information about ANY HOME for sale with ANY COMPANY by using ONE phone number.  Hear estimated monthly mortgage payments, and have the option to connect to your Prudential Homesale real estate agent.

This voice technology is simple enough for even the most basic telephone. But, it also has robust features such as text confirmation and photos for iPhones, Droids and other smart phones. Find out everything you want to know about a property… while you are sitting right in front of it… even without getting out of your car.

Get the info you want…before you drive away. For more information contact your Prudential Homesale agent or activate your phone online at http://www.AllHomesAllPhones.com today!

February 22, 2012

Prudential Homesale Expands into the Maryland Market

Today we are pleased to announce our latest growth:

Expansion into the Maryland market via a partnership with Yerman Witman Gaines & Conklin.  This new partnership in Maryland will be known as Prudential Homesale YWGC Realty

Started in 2007, Yerman Witman Gaines & Conklin has been the fastest-growing real estate company in the greater Baltimore market.  

Prudential Homesale YWGC Realty will have offices at: 
1425 Clarkview Road Baltimore, MD
1011 Light Street Baltimore, MD
108 West Timonium Road Lutherville, MD
411 Malcolm Drive Westminster, MD
14346 Jarrettsville Pike Phoenix, MD 

As in the past, we will use this growth to sustain the programs that we have and to invest in new programs and services for the future. 

This additional partnership will not change our ownership in Pennsylvania or the Homesale name in your area. 

Over time, we believe this growth will further enable us to stay ahead of the competition.  We also anticipate more business and referrals from Maryland as a result of this expansion. 


   Doug Rebert
   Managing Director

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