Blog :: 09-2015

The Do and Do Nots of Household Recycling

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The buzzword “green” is everywhere! Go green can mean so many things, however this post is all about recycling. The cans and the cant’s. We’ve got a list for all the items in your household, so you know where to place the item! For example, did you know that pet food bags are not recyclable? Search below for what you can and cannot put into the blue bin! 

Recycling No-Brainers

(You’ll find few, if any, limitations for the below.)

GLASS

With the notable exception of Pyrex, all glass containers can be recycled.

PLASTIC

Water Bottles

Laundry Detergent Bottles

Household Cleaner Bottles

Bleach Bottles

Dish Soap Bottles

Soda & Juice Bottles

Mouthwash Bottles

Peanut Butter Containers

Salad Dressing Bottles

Vegetable Oil Bottles

Milk Jugs

Butter & Yogurt Tubs

Cereal Box Bags

Deodorant Containers

VHS & Cassette Tapes (take the film out)

Dry Cleaning Bags (many facilities are now accepting hangers as well)

PAPER

Mail

Computer Paper

Lined Paper

Construction Paper

Greeting Cards

Newspaper

Magazines

Catalogs

Phone Books

Sticky Notes

Paper Cups & Unused Paper Plates

Receipts

CARDBOARD

Boxes

Cereal Boxes

Shoe & Gift Boxes

Toothpaste Boxes

Cardboard Tubes

File Folders

Pizza Boxes (cannot be greasy)

METAL

(Check your local facility’s rules about crushing cans–some prefer that you do, others prefer you don’t.)

Aluminum Cans

Tin Cans

Bottle Caps

Tin Foil (clean)

 

Not Recyclable

Styrofoam To-Go Containers (there are some advanced recycling centers that can take styrofoam, but few and far between)

Used Disposable Plates & Cups

Meat Trays

Take-Out Containers

CD Cases

Sunglasses

Nylon

Blueprint Paper

Cigarette Boxes

Waxed Paper

Laminated Paper

Pet Food Bags

Ceramics

Heat-Resistant Glass (like Pyrex)

Metal Caps & Lids

Spray Tops From Cleaning Bottles

Padded Mailing Envelopes

 

Compostable

Egg Cartons*

Brown Paper Bags*

Shredded Paper*

Newspaper*

Paper Towels (as long as not coated in cleaning chemicals)

Wooden Chop Sticks

Grass Clippings

Dry Leaves

Green Leaves

Tea Leaves & Bags

Cofee Grounds & Filters

Fruit & Vegetable Scraps

Plant Prunings

Crushed Eggshells

Buying Your First Asheville Home

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Asheville First Time Home BuyerAre you ready to buy your first Asheville home? What you need to know before you buy.

 

A Financial Review - Do you have your budget in order and know where your monthly mortgage payments need to be? Keep in mind additional home ownership costs, such as property taxes, insurance, and maintenance. 

 

Check Your Credit. It is important to know the shape of your credit, and what you will qualify for if you are getting a home loan. If you have lots of late payments, have declared bankruptcy or left old debts unpaid, it's harder to get a mortgage. And if you do get one, your bad credit record will make you pay a much higher interest rate.

 

Discuss Likes & Dislikes.  When you start looking at homes, it will be important to know what you can't live without and what is a want more than a need. Having an understanding prior to your search, will assist in keeping the emotions out of the decisions. 

 

A REALTOR® on your side. You want to work with an Asheville real estate professional that understands your needs and understands real estate laws. Your agent will help guide you through the home buying process. 

 

Don't Skimp On A Home Inspection. Home inspectors look past the visible surface to the infrastructure, inspecting plumbing and looking for faulty fixtures and waste lines. They check electrical systems to make sure they aren't overloaded or a safety hazard.  Their job will protect your hard earned money by discovering problems or potential problems before you buy. Inspectors will also look at possible structural problems like the foundation, walls and floor joists.

 

17 Falll Home Maintenance Tips

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17 Fall Home Maintenance Tips

With sightings of red and yellow leaves adorning downtown trees, fall is on the way here in Asheville, North Carolina. September and October are some of the most beautiful months in Western North Carolina. With the intoxicating weather and many outdoor festivals to enjoy, we often forget to do some fall home maintenance heading into winter. Here is a reminder checklist to prepare your Asheville home for winter’s worst. 

 

  1. Clean your gutters 
  2. Inspect your roof for damage or leaks 
  3. Seal cracks around doors and windows (Consider caulking all windows)
  4. Get your furnace serviced
  5. Change your air filters
  6. Prune your plants 
  7. Look up chimney for blockages
  8. Direct drainage away from your house to avoid leaks or flooding 
  9. Drain and turn off sprinkler system
  10. Clean Your Yard Equipment (Don’t forget drain fuel from mowers, leaf blowers, and chain saws)
  11. Remove garden hoses from outdoor faucets when freezing temperatures arrive
  12. Check foundation for cracks
  13. Check for peeling paint
  14. Ready the Fireplace
  15. Reverse the Ceiling Fan (It creates an upward draft that redistributes warm air from the ceiling)
  16. Cover Air Conditioners
  17. Prepare deck and outdoor furniture for winter.

How To Negotiate Your Asheville Real Estate Purchase- 6 Tips Everyone Should Know

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Buying a home will probably be the single largest purchase you will ever make. Having a trusted Asheville real estate agent to negotiate on your behalf is important. The Asheville housing market is in high demand, and having someone on your side to get you from searching to offer to closing is to your benefit.

Get your finance in order. Being pre-approved will let sellers know you are serious, and will also stay withing budget constraints when seeking properties. 

Base your offer on the home value, not the listing price. Recent home sales in the neighborhood will give you and your Asheville real estate agent ammunition when making an offer. If a home is priced at or below market value, you’re unlikely to get it for less. If it is priced above market value and has been on the market for a while, a lower offer accompanied by a market analysis may get you the home. This is where a good agent can be invaluable.

If you see a home you like, be prepared to move fast. In a competitive market such as Asheville, properties move quickly. Be prepared to make your first offer the best. A good agent will tell when to move and how fast. Often a home can go on the market and be under contract the same day in the right neighborhood at the right price. 

A home Inspection is always a good idea. Speak with you REALTOR®, but a home inspection is always a good idea. You may find items that need repair or you need to ask for credit at closing. Inspections can be done before submitting an offer for better negotiations. 

Find out why the seller is moving. The more you know about the seller, the more you can tailor your offer. Does the seller already have a new place and want a quick closing? Is there a divorce involved? Does the seller not have a new place and therefore would prefer a longer closing or even a rent-back agreement? The more you know, or your agent knows the better ability you have to negotiate. 

Expect to compromise. No matter your price range, you won’t find a perfect house. You’re likely to have to compromise on features and probably even on the big three: price, size or location. Enter your negotiations prepared to compromise, and you’ll be a step ahead.