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Save Money on Energy Bills

SAVE ON HEATING BILLS Winter is here which normally means your energy costs are about to go sky high and Jack Frost is going to be nipping at your nose. With these fantastic ideas you’ll be able to stay warm and keep your bills at a reasonable level. You won’t have to spend a fortune or do any drastic renovations, these must have tips are free or inexpensive and will make a big difference on your bills and your warmth. Bubble Wrap Window Insulation – This cheap and effective way to insulate your windows will keep the cold out and the warmth in. Available at your local home improvement store. Why You Should Close Your Curtains – It creates a brilliant barrier stopping Jack Frost in his tracks. Hanging curtains, and closing them at dusk, can make a significant difference to the warmth of your house, and to how much you spend on heating. Maintain Your Furnace – Any major work should be done by a professional, however it’s going to be working overtime, so a little TLC won’t go amis…

Myths BUSTED about buying a home

Courtesy of The Chris Fritch Real Estate Team ~ Anoka County Residential Real Estate Specialists Myth #1 - "It's Cheaper To Rent Instead Of Own" If you buy a property that is within your budget and your mortgage terms allow you to make comfortable monthly payments, the cost of rent can often be higher than mortgage payments. Sure, there are other expenses associated with owning a property that you wouldn't be responsible for if you were renting, but one thing that many people forget is the fact that renting does not allow you to build equity. The ability to build equity into a property that you own is like paying into a savings account, if you buy a home for $200,000, and pay down your mortgage to $175,000 in 5 years, you'll have $25,000 in home equity that can be tapped into later if you need a lump sum of cash to pay for other large expenses. Myth #2 - "The Perfect Home Is Out There - I Just Have To Wait For It" Buyers have a tendency to focus to…

How to prepare your home for vacation

How To Prepare Your Home For Vacation Courtesy of The Chris Fritch Real Estate Team, Buyer Specialist John Schmidt, Executive Assistant Allison Mulcahy, Social Media Expert Peggy Fritch 763-746-3997 ~ ChrisFritchTeam.com With the winter just around the corner, many people can't wait to get out of town! Here are tips to keep your home safe while you are away. If you'll be gone for a couple weeks or more, I suggest following all these steps. If it's a short trip, you may choose to omit some. Here we go! 1. To start, you'll want to purge your refrigerator and pantry of any perishables. You'll likely have household staples (sugar, flour, etc.) that you won't want to toss; store those in tightly sealed containers. 2. Round up all of your trash bags and take them out to your garbage bin. Make sure you bring your garbage bin to the curb so the garbage crew can access your trash. 3. Scan your yard, patio, or deck for any outdoor items and fur…