Looking to Sell a Home? Checkout These Ideas!

Houses-NewZealandIf you are trying to sell your home it can be difficult to know how to set your house apart from the other houses on the market. We found this article with 15 different marketing ideas that we hope will help.

From the article:

Website Design

  • Think of your marketing plan as a solar system and your website as the sun, the panelists suggested. Your marketing efforts around the Web, including social media, email campaigns, and other venues, should all direct shoppers back to a well-planned site.
  • Don’t offer site visitors the whole story, since that allows them to make a decision without you ever having the chance to contact them. Instead, hold some information back, such as pricing, and experiment with different calls to action to harvest email addresses or phone numbers to enable your sales team to follow-up with prospects.
  • For the same reason that most builders wouldn’t trust your average freelance writer to hang drywall, panelists suggested hiring professional writers to write website content; builders should also have their writers create content for blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, email blasts, and other outlets.
  • Make sure your online ads are staying in front of prospective buyers by placing cookies on their computer when they visit your site. Those cookies will then track the next few sites they visit???which are likely to be sites they visit often and place your ads on those sites when they visit them again.
  • Incorporate a form into your website to garner information on what shoppers are looking for in a home. (How many beds and baths? Do they want a formal living room?) Then email them floor plans that fit their criteria.


  • According to a study of new-home buyers, five years after Lennar customers purchased a home, they couldn’t identify who their builder was, but they know what kind of car they drive, one panelist pointed out, emphasizing that builders need to look to other industries for good examples of how to stay visible to customers to better establish a brand reputation.
  • Decide what message you want your brand to be most associated with, and then ensure that message is conveyed at every interaction a customer has with your company.
  • Rather than fight the reality that people use model homes for decorating ideas, embrace it by redecorating one room in your model each month to keep people coming back while establishing your brand as a leader in design. Send out an email blast with a photo of a corner of the room, and then make people come into the model to see the rest.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of philanthropy.


  • With the value of using video today, we as builders should do something cool, one panelist noted, adding that last year, 456.6 million content videos were watched and 105.4 billion video ads were viewed. Viewers spent 2.5 times more time watching personally relevant short form videos compared with other videos.


  • Tap into professional organizations such as young professionals groups, medical professional organizations, and teachers associations by offering a networking lunch at your model homes and collecting business cards for a raffle. These are people who have a career and a paycheck, making odds better that they will be in a position to buy, one panelist noted.

Working with Realtors

  • Stay top of mind with local Realtors by sending sales teams to the Realtor offices to be a part of their weekly meetings.
  • Since Realtors are an excellent source of qualified leads, treat them as a customer and educate them on how you build and the value your homes offer.
  • Don’t waste money targeting all Realtors, since 90% of the business comes from 10% of the Realtors, one participant noted.
  • Consider hosting a monthly lunch group for the top Realtors in your area at your model homes to give them a chance to become familiar with your product and learn about any new communities or floor plans you offer.

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To view the entire article click here: http://www.builderonline.com/marketing/15-marketing-ideas-for-new-home-sales.aspx

Prevent Accidental Flooding From Your Washer

In this video from Jeremy and the team from Dryer Vents Plus, you’ll learn how to prevent accidental flooding from your home’s washing machine.

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Transcript of Video:

Hi. I’m Jeremy with Dryer Vents Plus. Today we’re here in the laundry room where I would like to help you get more out of your dryer.

Today we’re going to talk a little bit about washing machines, primarily washing machine hoses. If you have the old rubber hoses in the back of your washing machine, those hoses over time, they get brittle. They can cause a rupture and that would cause a house flood. That’s the leading cause of house flooding.

Part of our service, what we do is change out those rubber hoses with the stainless steel braided hose. The stainless steel braided hose has got a reinforced braid all the way around it to stop that line from rupturing. This is part of our service. It’s something that we can do on a regular basis for you. I would suggest you get this done every four, five years. But it is something that we can take a look at whenever we come out to service your dryer vent.

Again this is Jeremy from Dryer Vents Plus here to help you get more out of your dryer.

Learn How Much Bang You Can Get For Your Buck

file00020694905Interested in how much house you can get for a certain amount of money in different locations? Then checkout this article we found.

From the article:


WHAT:A five-bedroom stone Tudor with three and a half bathrooms

HOW MUCH:$699,000

SIZE: 3,688 square feet


SETTING: Fox Point is a residential village on Lake Michigan, 10 miles from Milwaukee. This house sits on a bluff overlooking the lake, in a part of town known as East of Lake Drive, where the village’s grid gives way to wooded, winding roads lined with prewar houses on acre-plus lots. The village has a handful of county landmarks, residential and municipal, including cast-iron street signs hung shortly after the village incorporated in the 1920s. For shopping, most residents go to Whitefish Bay; Milwaukee is also nearby. There’s a public beach five minutes away, in Doctors Park.

INDOORS: The two-story house was built in 1934. Four wood-burning fireplaces, wood-beam ceilings, and hardwood floors are believed to be original; other parts of the house like the kitchen and bathrooms were recently updated by the current owner. Off one side of the central foyer is a dining room with a cove ceiling; off the other is a living room with wood-beam ceilings and a fireplace. The dining room leads to a kitchen, which in turn leads to a family room via a hallway lined with built-in floor-to-ceiling bookcases. French doors in the family room open to the covered back patio.

The master bedroom suite is off the living room, and opens to the back patio. The other four bedrooms are upstairs. One has an en-suite bathroom. Downstairs, in the finished basement, is a recreation room with a fireplace and a mosaic-tile floor also original details.

OUTDOOR SPACE: The lot is on over an acre and a half, with a patio, landscaped perennial gardens and mature trees.

TAXES: $20,139.26

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To view the entire article click here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/21/greathomesanddestinations/real-estate-for-700000.html?_r=0

Dryer Safety Tips from the National Fire Protection Association

Clogged Dryer Vents 2-09 009Everyone knows to clean the lint trap out before starting a new load of laundry but there are other things that you can do to protect yourself and increase the life of your dryer. We found this article with tips that we think should help you a lot.

From the article:

Doing laundry is most likely part of your every day routine. But did you know how important taking care of your clothes dryer is to the safety of your home? With a few simple safety tips you can help prevent a clothes dryer fire…

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  • Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or go to bed.

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To view the entire article click here: http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/PDF/Research/DryerWasherSafetyTips.pdf

Hints from Heloise – Preventing a Dryer Fire

clogged_ventIn this except of a recent article by the nationally-syndicated column “Hints from Heloise”, she answers a reader’s question about some of the potential (and unknown) dangers of unchecked dryer vents and lint buildup.

From the article:

I recently purchased an ELECTRIC DRYER. Before the deliveryman installed the new one, I vacuumed out the exhaust hose and was surprised to get a lot of lint. I noticed that the dryer did not completely dry the clothes on the setting I chose, so I tried another setting, with success.

I put in another load, and shortly after, I noticed a red light under the check vent option. My husband went outside and took the cap off the dryer vent, stuck his hand inside and pulled out compacted lint.

I truly was amazed, as I always clean the lint filter inside the dryer after each load.

The manual says to clean the exhaust hose every two years, but I recommend once a year to be safe. Since I was careful to clean the lint filter, I didn’t give the exhaust hose a thought. This could have started a fire. — Sue W. in Ohio

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To read the entire article click here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/hints-from-heloise-preventing-a-dryer-fire/2013/02/27/a1806e3e-80fe-11e2-8074-b26a871b165a_story.html

Exterior Dryer Vent Cleaning

In this video from Jeremy and the team from Dryer Vents Plus, you’ll learn if your dryer vents need to be cleaned out by looking at the outside air vent.

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Transcript of Video:

Hi. This is Jeremy Leake from Dryer Vents Plus and today we???ve moved outside of the laundry room to the exterior exhaust. We want to check the air flow in this vent.

Also we want to take a look at these louvers. These louvers are a notorious place for lint to get caught up in. Think of that lint getting in these little crevices and it’s very tenacious the lint. It can get stuck in there. It’s almost like paper-mache. It builds up and builds up.

Over time if it dries out, it can clamp these little things shut and it could reduce your air flow and that, even though the dryer is working fine, will inhibit the efficiency of the dryer. You can see these are all moving fine and there’s a lot of air moving through there. That’s what you want. But this is an out-of-sight, out-of-mind problem.

So from time to time, you should come outside when the dryer is on and make sure your flaps are opening up. Make sure you have lots of exhaust coming out.

Again this is Jeremy from Dryer Vents Plus, hoping you get more out of your dryer.

Learn a New Way to Build a Home

classic-houseBuilding a new home can come about in a variety of different ways. Take a look at this option that you probably haven’t heard of.

From the article:

WikiHouse is putting a new spin on old-time barn-raising with a free online resource that lets people put homes together the same way they might a giant jigsaw puzzle.

WikiHouse.cc was designed as an open-source construction kit that lets people create and share home designs and then “print” pieces using machines available for as little as a few thousand dollars.

It is part of the effort by the WikiHouse collective of professionals who volunteer to give consumers information and tools about home design and construction.

“Two or three people working together can build a small house in about a day,” said Alastair Parvin, a British architect sharing his work at WikiHouse at a TED gathering on Thursday in California.

“People continually get confused between construction work and having fun.”

He explained that while the shell of a home would be done it would lack plumbing, electric and other inner components.

Aspiring builders have to get their own building materials, which can be cut into pieces by computer-controlled tools called CNC machines with without any other tools, using data downloaded from WikiHouse, according to Parvin.

“It is kind of like making a big jigsaw puzzle,” Parvin told AFP. “It is basically magic as far as I’m concerned.”

Parvin told of graduating university in 2008 only to encounter a bleak job market for architects. He veered from the traditional career path, and took part in launching WikiHouse about 18 months ago.

A growing “makers movement” coupled with increasingly affordable technology such as 3D printers and CNC machines is letting consumers become creators of goods they desire, according to Parvin.

“How awesome would it be if we had a kind of Wikipedia for stuff?” he asked rhetorically. “How much would that change the rules? I think technology is on our side.”

He sees the great design project of this century as the “democratization of production.”

WikiHouse is putting itself to the test in the favelas, or shanty towns, of Brazil, hoping that a CNC machine made available for creating furniture will eventually be put to use building homes with the potential to transform slums.

“Slums are being built anyway,” Parvin said. “If people are going to build things for themselves, wouldn’t it be cool if what they make is not rubbish?”

WikiHouse is working on a way to attach files showing people how to make foundations for homes.

“We could do it,” Parvin said. “We are at a point where it is not innovative; it is just that architecture is behind the game.”

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Read the entire article here: http://phys.org/news/2013-02-wikihouse-do-it-yourself-home.html

Learn the Statistics of Dryer Fires Here

767453220dryer-ventWe have been telling you about the need to have your dryer vents cleaned in order to avoid a fire. While we are correct we understand if you don’t just take our word for it. We found this article released by FEMA with statistics on dryers catching on fire.

From the article:

For many households and other establishments, the clothes dryer is an indispensable convenience and necessity. However, damaging fires can occur if clothes dryers are not properly installed and maintained. Eighty-four percent of clothes dryer fires that occurred in buildings took place in residential buildings. Because the residential building portion of these fires predominates, the primary focus of this analysis addresses the characteristics of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). The focus is on fires reported from 2008 to 2010, the most recent data available at the time of this analysis.

From 2008 to 2010, fire departments responded to an estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings each year across the Nation. These fires resulted in an annual average loss of 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.

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To read the entire article click here: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v13i7.pdf