September Home Maintenance

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Fall Fertilizing

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July Home Maintenance Checklist

Here are few reminders to help with the upkeep of your home.

- Rain Rain Go Away - Earth and mulch around foundations should be graded so that water flows freely away from the foundation to reduce the potential for water in the basement.

- Fertilize - Its time to put Scotts Summer Fertilizer on your lawn.

- Save energy - vacuum under and behind the refrigerator at the coils to make it run more efficiently.

- Caulk your exterior trim - If you see any cracks in your trim or siding, make sure to caulk and paint it. You do not want the wood to rot.

- Clean your vents - Dryer vents, return air vents, duct work vents.

-Seal air leaks - Keep the hot summer air out of your home and the cooled air in. Seal ductwork and insulate the ducts in areas such as the attic, unfinished basement and garage. Make sure that vents and registers that meet floors, walls and ceilings in your home are well sealed.

- Replace your HVAC filter - Don't forget to be changing your filter once a month.

Northern Virginia Market Report

This Month In Real Estate - June 2011

Homeowner's Monthly Email - June 2011

Why & How To Stain Your Deck
As the summer enters here in the Virginia/Maryland area, we're reminded of a few items we can do to protect and preserve our property. One of those items is to stain your deck to not only protect it, but also accent its beauty. It's also very easy to do.
Watch this short youtube video by Lowe's to see how.  

Painting the Exterior of Your Home
It's the spring time again and that means time to begin that long awaited To-Do list.  Painting exteriors can seem like an immense task. "How am I going to get paint all the way up there?" you might be asking. "And in the sun?" However, exterior painting is not as difficult as you might think, provided you know the right steps to speed the process along. 

Please check out the video below for a short "how-to".

Pressure Washing Your Home

Pressure washing your home is easy, can save you money and add value to your home.

Licensed in Maryland!
I have had my Virginia Real Estate license for the past 7 years and I decided I should get a Maryland one also. I just passed my Maryland Real Estate test in April and I am officially licensed in Maryland now.  If you know of anyone looking to buy or sell in Maryland, let me know.
Come Join Our Team !

We want your friends, family and neighbors on our team!
If you of hear of anyone thinking about buying or selling, let us know and mention the 12:45 Team to them.
We are also very specialized in Short Sales and Loss Mitigation.  We are currently 18 for 18 in helping owners short sale their home and not have to pay the bank back.
If you know someone that is upside down and maybe having a financial hardship or they just do not want their home anymore. Tell us and have them contact us ASAP. 
You can also send them to our websites:  

This Month in Real Estate - May 2011

Homeowner's Monthly Email - May 2011

Licensed in Maryland!

I have had my Virginia Real Estate license for the past 7 years and I decided I should get a Maryland one also. I just passed my Maryland Real Estate test in April and I am officially licensed in Maryland now. If you know of anyone looking to buy or sell in Maryland, let me know.

Why & How To Drain A Hot Water Heater

Mick Piercy one of our Home Inspectors has mentioned this on numerous occasions. It's very important to drain your hot water heater 1-2 times a year. It's also very easy to do.

Watch this 2 minute youtube video to see how. (Just ignore the 10 seconds of commercials)

Click Here to see the video

HVAC Maintenance 101: How To Keep Your Heating And Cooling Systems Operating Properly

You generally operate your HVAC systems two seasons out of the year, in the winter and in the summer. This means you’ll need to spend the spring and fall getting your heating and cooling systems repaired and serviced. While you should call professionals to come to your house to perform HVAC services, you’ll also need to do some of the more routine maintenance yourself.

In this article, HomeGuide 411 walks you through all the steps you need to know in order to keep your HVAC systems maintained and operating at peak efficiency. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an expert to care for your HVAC systems. All you need to know is where it’s located, the location of your air ducts, and where to find the air filter.

When To Call An HVAC Specialist
Generally, home owners will have a HVAC professional come out in the spring or fall to conduct routine maintenance and get the systems ready for both the summer and winter months (the cooling and heating seasons). The problem is a lot can happen between that visit and the season two-thirds of a year away.

Therefore, it’s suggested you have a specialist come to your house in the spring, to prepare for the summer, and then again in the fall, to prepare for the winter. Yes, it’s more expensive that way, but it will be better for your HVAC systems, and for your family, in the long run. Some companies that sell and install HVAC systems might try to persuade you to sign up for a more frequent maintenance schedule. Resist their sales pitches as twice a year, one for each HVAC system, is really all you need.

When you call a HVAC professional know the make and model of your unit, when it was last serviced (if at all), and the size of your home. The size of your HVAC and your house go hand-in-hand. It’s not uncommon to have heating and cooling units that are too large or too small for a home. The service technician will need to know all that information before visiting. Finally, make sure you get a bid. Obviously, the price may increase depending on what the technician finds while servicing your HVAC system, but before they come to your house you should have some idea of what it’s going to cost.

Change Air Filters
Every month during peak use it’s recommended that you change or clean your HVAC air filter. Replacing them is quite easy but it will cost you. Most HVAC specialists recommend you use electrostatic filters and that you purchase several at a time so you always have a backup in case you need one.

Outdoor HVAC Maintenance
Having your HVAC system checked by a professional and cleaning or replacing the air filter every month are the two most important maintenance steps you can perform. However, there are a few more things you should do if you have an outdoor air conditioning or heat pump unit.

Throughout the year, routinely check your outside units and remove any leaves, twigs, or yard debris that may have accumulated. In the summer, when you mow your lawn, refrain from shooting grass clippings at your intake grill. You’ll also want a two-foot perimeter around your unit that is free of vegetation.

To make your outdoor intake fan up to ten percent more efficient, keep it in the shade during the summer months. Shaded air can be up to six degrees cooler than the air out in the open and that makes a huge difference.

Check Your Duct Work
An expert from a reputable Maine HVAC service company always reminds her customers to inspect their air ducts as often as possible. A disconnected, crushed, or punctured air duct can greatly reduce efficiency and cost homeowners lots of money. During your inspection, also check for drafty seals and loss of insulation. If you happen to find either one of those problems get them fixed right away. It will make your HVAC systems operate more efficiently and cut down on your energy costs.

A repairman will definitely do all this while he or she is at your home, but it’s still a good idea to occasionally inspect your air ducts since damage can occur between maintenance checks.

Replacing A Blade
A repairman can replace a fan blade in the off season, but if happens in the middle of a cold spell or a heat wave you might have to do it yourself. Unfortunately, if a blade becomes bent you’ll need to replace it. You can’t straighten out a blade because it will ultimately be unbalanced and an unbalanced blade will do damage to your fan motor. When replacing a fan blade turn the unit off and the breaker supplying it power. We don’t want you to get shocked.

written by HomeGuide411

Installing Ceilings Fans

In the summer, ceiling fans are very effective at lowering the apparent temperature by making use of evaporation. When you are hot, you perspire, perhaps only a small amount. This is the body's way of cooling off - Evaporation of the perspiration pulls heat away from your body. Circulation of the air rapidly increases evaporation. The more evaporation, the cooler the apparent temperature. This means the thermostat on the A/C can be set higher - saving you money.

Come Join Our Team

We want your friends, family and neighbors on our team!

If you of hear of anyone thinking about buying or selling, let us know and mention the 12:45 Team to them.

We are also very specialized in Short Sales and Loss Mitigation. We are currently 17 for 17 in helping owners short sale their home and not have to pay the bank back.

If you know someone that is upside down and maybe having a financial hardship or they just do not want their home anymore. Tell us and have them contact us ASAP.

You can also send them to our websites:

About 12:45 Team

The 12:45 Team is a young and aggressive real estate team that can service all your real estate needs. We focus on "changing lives one home at a time" with our team approach.

We specialize in handling Short Sale transactions and helping people avoid foreclosure. We also work with many equity Sellers and home Buyers.

What does 12:45 Team stand for?

12:45 Team is a unique name for our real estate team. The name is derived from the scripture verse Romans 12:4-5.  This scripture reads....

"For just as each of us has one body with many parts, and these parts do not have all the same function.  As in Christ, we, though many, form one body, and each part belongs to the other."

To us this scripture illustrates teamwork and everyone's role on the team. Our team's focus is to meet and exceed your expectations with you as the most valuable player.

What Our Clients Say

Client Testimonials:

Judy Short Sold Her Condo 
(She decided to not to waste away her savings on a property $80,000 upside down)

Joe & Rachael - First Time Home Buyers

Brian - First Time Home Buyer
He bought his home a year ago and still recommends the 12:45 Team.

Enuma - Short Sold Her Condo
Nate was the best! He had the condo under contract soon after it was listed. You could not find a better realtor to take you through the short sale process. The short sale process went through very smoothly. His team really had the entire process down so there were no surprises. There is no doubt that I would be working with Nate Johnson in any of my future real estate dealings. He knows the business!

Neil & Mary - Short Sold Their Townhome
Thanks for all your help guiding us the through the home sale. We were both very happy to finally get it all done. Although going through the short sale was not a fun process you helped make it bearable and keep us informed. We are more happy getting out of the house then when we bought it.

Lisa - First Time Home Buyer
Most realtors are pushy. He wasn't at all. Yet always available/quick to reply with my questions, even after closing when he didn't have to care anymore.

Chris - Short Sold His Condo

The short sale was fairly simplistic once I understood all of the moving parts. There are some things you need to know up front or things to look for once you get the paperwork. But overall process went well. I would absolutely refer Nate to my friends and family

JD & Allison - First Time Home Buyers
We encountered the typical issues with a short sale: non-responsive bank, extremely long wait times. It was tough dealing with a low inventory market. Nate made everything else easy. Nate worked very hard to find the home that we wanted. We encountered some tough situations, but he kept us informed and walked us through the process. We will call him again when we start to expand our family.

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This Month in Real Estate - April 2011

Home Service Guide

Below is our Home Service Guide. None of these groups have paid us to be on our site.  Some of these groups we have worked with and some we have not.  This should serve as a starting point in getting a quote for work needed at your home. If you have a bad experience with one of these groups, let us know and we will delete them from our site.

Air Conditioning & Heating
  • Arlington Heating and Air Conditioning            
    • (703) 436-3989      
  • All-County Air Conditioning & Heating            
    • (703) 649-2964      
Appliance Repair
  • Discount Appliances Repair HVAC                         
    •  (703) 672-4344      
Basement, Bathroom, Kitchen Remodeling
  • Foxcraft Design Group, Inc                                       
    • (703) 544-0662      
Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Absolute Carpet Care, Inc                                      
    •  (703) 743-7682      
Chimney & Fireplace Work
  • Winston's Chimney Service                                      
    • (703) 775-9037      
Countertops & Stone
  • Sky Marble & Granite Inc
    • (703) 544-0659      
  • Euro Stone Craft
    • (703) 651-1537
Deck Building & Maintenance
  • Hal Co Fence & Deck           
    •  (703) 763-5284
Driveways - Asphalt
  • Collegiate Sealers and Paving            
    • (703) 743-7762
Duct Cleaner
  • Pure Air Service Inc.            
    • (703) 546-4498      
  • Root Electric                                       
    • (703) 621-2326
  • Hickerson Bros. Electric
    • (703) 649-2969       
  • Hal Co. Fence & Deck                                      
    •  (703) 763-5289      
Flooring - Carpet
  • Dominion Floors                                      
    • (703) 957-2864
  • Executive Floors
    • (703) 372-4448
  • Flooring America Herndon
    • (703) 483-3157
Garage Doors
  • Affordable Door
    • (703) 249-4779      
  • Door Doctor
    • (703) 544-0642
Glass Installation & Repair
  • Sterling Glass Inc.            
    • (703) 594-1982
  • American Screen & Glass            
    • (703) 763-5274

Gutter Installation & Repair
  • Dry Home Roofing & Siding           
    •  (703) 743-7827      
  • An Exterior, Inc            
    • (703) 651-1966      
Home Theater System
  • Aegis Technologies Inc.                          
    • (703) 763-5251
  • Sight & Sound Systems
    • (703) 649-2975
  • Southland Insulators                                      
    •  (703) 345-4192
  • Absolute Insulation Services
    • (703) 743-7671
Landscaping & Lawn Service
  • K&H Lawn Service                                       
    • (703) 763-5307 
  • Super Lawns
    • (703) 743-7869
Masonry – Brick & Stone
  • Bright Masonry Work                                      
    • (703) 651-1813
  • Foster Masonry Inc.
    • (703) 649-2627   
Countertops & Stone
  • Sky Marble & Granite Inc.
    • (703) 544-0659      
  • Euro Stone Craft
    • (703) 651-1537
  • Fairfax Transfer & Storage Inc.           
    •  (703) 957-2974
  • Randall Movers
    • (703) 372-4419
  • Master Works Painting                          
    • (703) 957-2819
  • Bicknell Painting
    • (703) 743-7853
  • Williams Professional Painting
    • (703) 249-4794
Pest & Termite Control
  • Connor’s Pest & Termite Control                             
    • (703) 652-9135      
  • My Plumber Heating & Cooling                                       
    • (703) 564-1560      
  • Style Roofing Inc.                                      
    • (703) 372-4441
  • Peak Roofing Contracts
    • (703) 957-1715
Security Systems
  • American Home Systems & Security
    • (703) 743-7633      
  • Preferred Siding             
    • (703) 436-3995
  • DryHome Roofing & Siding
    • (703) 743-7718
  • American Windows & Siding of VA
    • (703) 649-4084
Sprinkler Systems
  • The SprinklerMan LLC                          
    • (703) 649-4339
Tree Services
  • The Arborist, Inc.                                       
    • (703) 743-7888     
  • The Care of Trees                                       
    • (703) 584-0436
  • NV Waterproofing                                       
    • (703) 651-1529
  • Triad Basement Waterproofing
    • (703) 957-1736
Window Cleaning & Pressure Washing
  • Larry Miller Inc.                                      
    • (703) 544-0654
Window Tinting
  • Atlantic Sun Control Inc.
    • (703) 896-4571  

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Sell Your Home with the 12:45 Team

Sell Your Home with the 12:45 Team

When you're looking for a partner to help you negotiate the complexities of selling a home, you've come to the right place. The experience, dedication and strong communication you'll receive here will help ensure the successful and profitable sale of your home:

1. The Local Advantage - Take advantage of a broad spectrum of technologies and tools to support the sale of your home from start to close.
2. Internet Advertising - Since the lion's share of home buyers starts their search on the internet, top placement on search engines is essential. You'll gain access to placement on Google, MSNBC, and other websites. This will maximize your exposure and bring a large number of potential buyers to view information about your home.
3. Email Campaigns - It's important to "work the network." We can work together to identify the right people to target your home-and get in touch with them by email to drive excitement and interest.
4. Personal Touch - Of course, technology alone won't sell your home. Face-to-face interaction provides the advantage to sell your home-and you won't have to worry about a thing. The details will be handled with care and constant communication, to ensure the marketing and sale of your home go smoothly.

Home Syndication on the Internet

Over 90% of buyers start their home search on the internet now.  Its very important to have a real estate team that is maximizing all efforts across the internet to get your home sold quickly and for top dollar. 

Your home can be advertised on websites all across the web, making sure buyers see your home and everything it offers. Here are some of the national sites where your home will appear:

In addition to these websites we utilize many more avenues to get your home sold.  We will show you statistics for your home and how many people are searching and have looked at your listing online.

Contact us today to set up a free consultation.