I LOVE BEING A REALTOR®! And my goal as a Realtor® is to make the process of either selling your home or finding you a new one (or both) a rewarding, fun-filled, stress-free experience. I only take on as much work as I can personally handle so that I’m always accessible to answer your questions and process decisions as they come up. I take great pride in knowing all phases of the real estate market constantly updating my knowledge so that I can stay abreast of this ever-changing market to serve you better. I constantly study the market for new trends that might help sell your home quicker and at a better price. I have a varied background – in business management, sales, accounting and income tax work – and I draw on that experience every day as a Realtor®. I’ve lived and raised my children my entire life in Peoria and have a broad understanding of the population trends and neighborhoods of the city and surrounding area. My career as a Realtor® has been spent entirely with Jim Maloof/Realtor®, a company deeply rooted in the Peoria area, which lives out a mission of hard work and strong family values every day. I’m proud to be part of this steadily-growing company and its network of agents. I’d welcome the opportunity to meet you at any time to discuss your real estate interests at length. I’m there when you need me – 309-264-5138. Thank you!
Headline: Five maintenance resolutions for your home
We may be a little removed from New Year’s Day, but it’s not too late to make some 2016 resolutions for your home.
1. Start a home repair slush fund: Things in your home are going to break and need to fixed. It’s just a fact that comes with home ownership. Rather than letting expensive repairs take you by surprise, start planning for them. Set aside some money each month that you can eventually draw from when an appliance breaks or unexpected damage occurs.
2. Inspect your fireplace: Even if you have a gas fireplace, you should still inspect the valves and ceramic logs yearly to ensure that everything is operating safely and correctly. If you have wood fireplace, hire a certified chimney sweep to do the job.
3. Maintain your garage door: Garage doors are big and heavy, and that puts a lot of stress on the hinges and tracks that are use to open and close the door several times a day. A regularly scheduled $50 inspection could save you hundreds or thousands in the long run.
4.Tune up your furnace: Regular furnace inspections will help identify minor problems before they turn into major ones. Also, set reminders to replace your furnace filter.
5. Clean your coils: The No. 1 refrigerator maintenance task should be cleaning the condenser coils. They can get clogged with hair and dust, reducing your fridge’s efficiency. Have you cleaned yours lately? You can hire a professional to do it, but it’s also an easy do-it-yourself job.