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Prevent Frozen Pipes In Your Home

Prevent Frozen Pipes In Your Home

Avoid the messy and often expensive issue of frozen pipes. Before temperatures dip below freezing, here’s how you can protect your water supply lines and pipes:

  • Drain: Sprinkler lines need to be dry (don’t put antifreeze in the lines unless it’s approved by the manufacturer). Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain (close their inside valves).

  • Insulate: Cover both hot and cold water pipes in unheated areas, like the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

  • Drip: Let the cold water drip from faucets served by exposed pipes.

  • Garage: Keep the doors closed if there are water supply lines.

  • Cabinets: Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors so warmer air will circulate around the plumbing.

  • Thermostat: Set the same temperature throughout the day and night (no lower than 55° F).

For more information, please contact a licensed plumber or building professional.

Looking for reliable help to care for your home? We have an extensive list of trusted professionals. Contact the Seth Jenson Team by email, text or phone at seth@jensonteam.com or (720) 989-1210.

Source: Call2Inspect.net

Featured Community: Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Highlands Ranch is a master-planned community with unbelievable recreational opportunities including four state-of-the-art recreation centers, 25 community parks, two skate parks, batting cages, a tennis center, four dog parks, and 58 miles of trails winding through the neighborhoods!

This newer community – established in 1981 – has a growing population close to 100,000 people. Highlands Ranch is almost built out. Each community offers something different for its residents – from acres of flora, fauna, trails and parks to explore in their backyards to well-designed homes surrounded by natural waterways.

Highlands Ranch has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a potato farm that once covered the land. In 2010, Highlands Ranch was ranked No. 12 by CNN Money as “One of the Best Places to Live” in the U.S. due to its strong school district and steady home prices, and by Business Week as “One of the Best Places to Raise Kids.”

With its close proximity to the Denver Tech Center and to Downtown Denver, commuting from Highlands Ranch is no hardship. Many global employers are located nearby such as Agilent, Cargill, EMC, Kraft, First Data, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, Echo Star and JP Morgan Chase.

With a median home price of $325,000, a low tax rate of under 3-percent and an almost 30-percent increase in job growth over the past decade, Highlands Ranch is an ideal place to call home.

Contact Seth Jenson at 720-989-1210 or at seth@jensonteam.com when you need an experienced, knowledgeable realtor and helpful partner for selling your home or buying a home in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. 

Photo Credit: Maxim Edge

Top Reasons People Decide To Sell

Top Reasons People Decide To Sell

If you’re thinking of selling your home this year, you’re in good company. About 10% of Americans move every year. Here are five of the most common reasons:

• Home is Too Small: Whether you’re having your first baby or your sixth, there comes a point where more room is a must.

• Home is Too Big: Once those babies grow up, most empty nesters prefer to downsize.

• Job Opportunity: Moving for a great new job is the top work-related reason for selling (followed by wanting a shorter commute).

• Lifestyle Change: Priorities evolve. If you want to spend more time golfing, less time cleaning, or pushing a lawnmower, it’s time to find a new home.

• The Fun of the Fix: Now that your home is remodelled and decorated, you’ve got the itch to sell and find a new property in need of some TLC.

Thinking about making a move this year? Let’s talk about your needs. Contact the Seth Jenson Team by email, text or phone at seth@jensonteam.com or (720) 989-1210.

 

Source: TheBalance.com

Model Homes at Sierra Ridge in Parker are Now Open!

The models at Sierra Ridge in Parker are open! Sierra Ridge is close to everything – it is located less than three miles from the Lincoln and I-25 interchange and RTD Light Rail Park and Ride. Located within a mile and a half is a plethora of grocery stores, convenience stores and plenty of restaurants. Park Meadows Mall is within 10 to 15 minutes and Parker Adventist or Sky Ridge Hospitals are with three miles too. Downtown Parker is located approximately 3 miles southeast of the site. This community is within the Douglas County School District.

Meritage develops energy-efficient homes that let you spend your money on better things than utility bills. Every Meritage home at Sierra Ridge is built standard with the following energy- and money-saving features:

  • Spray-Foam Insulation
  • ENERGY STAR® Appliances
  • ENERGY STAR® Programmable Thermostat
  • Low-E2 Vinyl Windows
  • CFL Lighting and Fixtures
  • Weather-Sensing Irrigation
  • Water-Efficient Fixtures
  • Dual-Flush Toilets
  • Low VOC Carpets, Paints and Finishes

This community also offers an array of amenities that include:

  • Clubhouse
  • Community Center
  • Greenbelt
  • Swimming Pool
  • Trails
  • Views

Sierra Ridge features two brand new home collections – The Alpine Collection and The Trail Collection. Contact Seth to view PDFs of all of the floor plans and to schedule an appointment to see the models. Seth can be reached at (720) 989-1210 and at Seth@JensonTeam.com.

Metro Denver Market Update – January, 2018

Happy New Year from everyone on our team! We appreciate your business and support in 2017 and look forward to working with you again this year!

I updated my cell phone a while back, but I’ve realized there are still some of you out there that don’t have my new number. It’s 720-989-1210. I no longer user 303-564-5049, so please update your records so we can keep in touch.

With more transactions in almost every county across the state compared to 2016, 2017 was certainly a record year across Colorado. As we look forward into 2018 and consider the still booming market, it has never been more important to be prepared so you can make the most out of your home purchase or sale.

Today I have some advice for anyone who is thinking about selling their home in 2018. We’d love to meet with you for a no-obligation consultation to discuss how you can prepare your home for sale. One of the things we recommend to our sellers is to get a pre-listing inspection.

  • We recommend having your home inspected before you put it on the market so you can deal with the results. Better you than the buyer!
  • Review your inspection carefully with the inspector.
  • Repair or disclose all the issues that were brought to your attention.
  • Review your property disclosure and disclose all the issues you aren’t repairing. Obtain estimates for each issue.
  • We will respond to any questions and objections buyers have during the inspection process and make recommendations that will benefit you and save you money.

I strongly recommend getting a pre-listing inspection. The time between going under contract and the inspection is when deals are most likely to fall apart. When a sale doesn’t close, it weakens the seller’s position. It’s better for a homeowner to be prepared and know about any issue or needed repair before the buyer’s inspection is performed. It is much better to negotiate as much as possible up front — few surprises are best when going through this due diligence period when buyers have an easy out.

Our goal during the inspection process is to save our sellers money and make sure the transaction stays intact. We have saved many deals and thousands of dollars for our sellers. You can be confident that we will protect your equity during the inspection process.

Contact us today for help on your road to success in 2018.

Simple Steps for Boosting Home Value

Simple Steps for Boosting Home Value

Today’s buyers will pay top dollar for quality, turnkey homes. Consumer Reports compiled top upgrades that give your home a competitive edge and bigger payoff when selling your home.

Kitchens Sell Houses: You don’t have to redo your entire kitchen. New stainless appliances, granite/quartz counters, or hardwood floors can bump your home value up 3-7%.

Energy-Saving Details: High-efficiency windows, heaters, and lights not only lower your monthly bills, they add an extra 1-3%!

Smart Technology: Programmable thermostats, lights, and security features are so appealing to buyers, your value grows by 3-5%.

New High-Quality Paint: Never underestimate the value of a fresh coat of paint! For pennies per square foot, sprucing your walls with neutral shades boosts your home by 1-2%.

Planning to sell? The Seth Jenson Team will help you prepare and strategize so you earn the best price! Contact Seth by email, text or phone: seth@jensonteam.com or (720) 989-1210).

Source: https://www.consumerreports.org/home-improvement/8-ways-to-boost-your-home-value/

Featured Community: The Vista at Meridian, Parker

The Vista at Meridian in Parker, Colorado offers luxury, single-family homes (ranch plans are also available). All homes are energy efficient and designed by builder KB Homes. Homes range from $358,495 to $425,495. KB Homes offers “Built to Order” homes where the homeowner chooses from a variety of floor plans and exterior design styles, and customizes their home with KB Home’s interior options.

Following are some benefits of The Vista at Meridian, Parker:

  • Close to I-25, E-470, C-470, the DTC area and Park Meadows Mall
  • Near RTD light rail station for quick commutes downtown
  • Master-planned community with pool, park, trail and open space
  • Brand new floor plans designed specifically for Colorado
  • Douglas County offers great schools, parks, golf courses and trail systems

Transform Your Eating Area in the Kitchen

Most people rarely use their dining room except for rare large gatherings. Why not make it your primary eating area and turn your breakfast room in the kitchen into a comfortable lounge for people to hang out in. Everyone knows guests like to congregate in the kitchen, so give them a snazzy place to relax! A coffee table is perfect to set food and drinks on. Much better to kick back and read your latest magazine while enjoying breakfast, or set out some appetizers while dinner is being prepared. Here’s a great example of a before and after of an eating area in the kitchen that I transformed:

Before:

After:

Blog Post and Photos courtesy of Janie Sussenbach.

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Derek and Suzanne ~ “Seth and Fred made the process of purchasing our new home seamless.”

Moving across country can be a difficult task. Seth and Fred made the process of purchasing our new home seamless, throughout the entire process Seth, Fred, and the team were very responsive to our needs at any time of day. They worked hard to make sure our new house was up to our standards and got us exactly what we were looking for. I would highly recommend Seth and Fred to anyone looking to buy or sell a house in the Denver area!!  ~ Derek and Suzanne