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Spring Time (& Spring Cleaning!) is Upon Us!

Refrigerator Maintenance:

Day-to-Day Maintenance

  • Cover food to prevent odors from migrating throughout the fridge and freezer.
  • Keep an open box of baking soda ($1) in the fridge to absorb odor-causing acids.
  • Maintain an adequate amount of clearance on all sides of the appliance (except for those that are zero-clearance or front-vented).


Monthly Maintenance

Empty Ice: Ice can absorb freezer odors and form solid blocks in the bottom of bins. To keep ice loose and smelling sweet, empty ice bins monthly and start fresh; put an open box of odor-sucking baking soda in the freezer.

Every Three Months Maintenance

Inspect door gasket: Dirty and flimsy gaskets prevent refrigerator doors from closing tightly and put stress on motors. Clean grimy gaskets with soapy water and dry completely. If seals are loose, their embedded magnets should be either replaced or re-magnetized.

If you’re handy, re-magnetizing is a DIY job — just run a powerful magnet along each side of the gasket, in the same direction, about 50 times.

Clean condenser coils: Condenser coils in the back of your fridge cool and condense refrigerant, releasing heat. If they’re clogged with dust and pet hair, they stress the compressor and waste energy.

Every three months, vacuum the condenser coils and fan using a brush attachment. Then, clean back coils and sides with a refrigerator coil brush ($7) that can slip into hard-to-reach places. Families with shedding pets should clean the coils monthly.

Level it: Fridges that aren’t completely level — side-to-side and back-to-front — won’t close properly, straining motors and causing condensation inside. To check, place a level on the top of the machine. Then rotate your machine’s adjustable feet until the fridge is level.

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/appliances/refrigerator-maintenance/#ixzz3eZSthsrl
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Stove Maintenance:

  1. Clean the interior and exterior

Control panel

Use a light-duty cleaner or simply soap and water with a rag. Using abrasive pads or too harsh of a cleaner can wear off the decal indicators, which identify the knob controls for each burner. If these decals get worn off from overzealous cleaning, the whole control panel may require replacement.

 

Door cleaning

Keeping the front panel, window, and outer door glass clean is important because it prevents spills from staining the panel or glass when it heats up during oven operation. Only clean the front when your range or oven is completely cool. For spills on the front panel that are tough to remove, use a heavy-duty degreaser.

Oven interior

You should clean the interior of your oven three to four times per year.

Spills and drips should be removed as soon as possible, as they will smoke and may eventually catch on fire. Avoid detergent/soap use inside of an oven for both self-cleaning and non-self-cleaning ovens.

Oven interior: Self-cleaning ovens

Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using the self-cleaning function. This feature heats the interior of the oven to a temperature so high, it incinerates food particles and spills. The length of the process varies from model to model but generally lasts for 2 to 4 hours. If you’re hosting a big-cooking holiday like Thanksgiving, run the self-cleaning feature a few weeks in advance, due to risk of an issue with the door latch or an electrical component.

Important: Never use a cleaning solution to clean the interior of a self-cleaning oven unless it is made specifically for self-cleaning ovens.

Oven interior: Non-self-cleaning ovens

Simply wait until the oven is cool to the touch, remove the oven racks and spray oven cleaner directly onto the interior surface. Wipe with a clean rag.

 

How to care for your window air conditioner

  1. Clean the air filter monthly

On most models, the air filter is easily accessible by removing the front panel. Remove the filter and clean it gently with a combination of warm water and dish soap or white vinegar. Let the filter air dry completely before reinstalling it. These should be cleaned once per month during the cooling season. If you have pets or allergies, consider cleaning it more frequently. If the filter has tears, holes or other damage, it should be replaced. If your unit has a foam filter, you can purchase replacement electrostatic filter material and cut it to accommodate the exact size of your model.

  1. Check for insect/animal nests

If you’ve left your air conditioner uncovered in your window or wall over the winter, you’ll need to check for wasp and bees’ nests inside of the unit. Avoid problems with this in the future by storing your window air conditioner in a protected area such as a basement or utility room during the off season. If you must leave your AC in the window, use an air conditioner cover.

  1. Clean the condenser coils once per season

Over time, dust and dirt will build up on the inside of the air conditioner’s condenser coils. This build up will require your AC to work harder to remove heat – increasing energy consumption and your monthly electric bill.

At the start of every cooling season, clean the condenser coils. You’ll need to remove the air conditioner cabinet completely in order to access the coils. They can be cleaned by blowing compressed air at them or by using a soft bristle brush and a spray bottle of household cleaner to wipe the dirt off.

Take great care in removing the dirt. If you accidentally bend or dent the aluminum coil fins, use a handy fin combto straighten out the fins.

It is also important to remove dirt or lint build up at the bottom of the air conditioner so the condensate water will be picked up by the condensing fan blade slinger properly.

  1. Clean the water pan

To prevent the growth of mold and a musty odor in the air, use warm water, dish detergent or white vinegar to clean the inside base of the unit whenever you have the unit taken apart to clean the condenser coils.

  1. Inspect cooling coils for frost or ice buildup

If the temperature outside the room where the air conditioner is placed becomes cool (approximately 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius or lower), check the coils on the front of the air conditioner for icing. Ice buildup on coils means the temperature is too low for proper operation of the unit. You should use it only when the outdoor temperature rises above 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius.

For more information please visit www.repairclinic.com

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

Thank you to our customers and clients who have supported us this year!  We wish you all a happy and successful 2016.

As a reminder we will be closed Thursday December 24th and Friday December 25th.

Enjoy this time with your friends and family.  Have a safe and merry Christmas!

Tips to Clean and Prep Your House for Winter

Spring isn’t the only time that your home deserves a really good cleaning and once-over.  Our friends at HouseLogic have come up with some great tips to clean and prep your house for winter.
Please follow the link and check it out!
http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/seasonal-maintenance/winter-cleaning/

Amy Hedgecock appointed to NAR Housing Opportunity Committee

Fowler & Fowler, REALTORS is proud to announce that Amy Hedgecock has been appointed to the National Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Committee!

The purpose of the committee is to “monitor, oversee and measure results of NAR’s housing opportunity programs and initiatives; to provide strategic direction on housing opportunity initiatives and to propose or develop new programs; to disseminate information on housing opportunity programs and encourage Realtors®’ participation and collaboration through state and local initiatives; and to analyze, monitor and recommend policy on housing opportunity issues which are not within the authority of other NAR committees”.

The Housing Opportunity Committee is comprised of REALTORS® actively involved in state or local housing, financial or affordable housing issues or whose businesses are multi-family housing or real estate investment.
Committee members must participate in community-based affordable housing and/or community development programs, as well as have a strong interest in affordable housing and community development activities.

Congratulations, Amy!

High Point enacts a dog tethering ban

If you are a resident in High Point and keep your dog tied in the yard, you will need to find a new way to keep your dog in the yard.  The City of High Point has enacted a dog tethering ban.  From the High Point Enterprise:

“For the past several months, animal rights activists have pressed City Council to restrict or ban the tethering of unattended, outdoor dogs. Animal rights activists contend the practice of tethering unattended dogs for long periods in a yard is cruel and dangerous.

High Point Police Department Major Larry Casterline said city law enforcement supports the policy.

The city ordinance would be phased in during the next 18 months, including a final six months in which violators would be issued warnings. After the 18-month grace period, penalties for offenses would start at $100, then $250 for a second offense and $500 for a third and subsequent offense”.

For more information:

http://www.hpenews.com/news/council-oks-dog-tethering-ban/article_08f6fbfe-4539-11e5-aa3d-5f1377c49f52.html

The Animal Shelter Offers Great Programs For Low Income Pet Owners

Did you know that it is against the law in Guilford County to tether your pet?  Did you know that fines can be up to $500?!

I recently spoke with a representative from Unchained Guilford.  They are offering a solution to low-income families, so that they can fence their dogs and keep their pets.  If you are interested, you must complete and application process and make sure that your dog is current on his rabies vaccines.

Does your dog or cat need a rabies vaccine or to be spayed/neutered?  Well, there is a low-cost option for that as well.  The ASPCA offers the SPOT program.  SPOT services include spay/neuter of the pets of qualified persons.  According to their brochure: “In order to qualify, you must own the cat or dog to be serviced.  Your annual household income must not exceed $20,000 and/or you are on a public assistance program.”

Additionally, the Haley Graves Foundation and the Guilford County Animal Shelter offer a food pantry for pets. The qualifications mirror the ASPCA SPOT program.  The food pantry is a great way to make sure that your fur-baby is well fed.

And even if you don’t qualify for these programs, the Guilford County Animal Shelter will periodically offer rabies and microchip clinics where you can get a rabies vaccine for $5 and microchip your pet for $15.  You can’t beat that!

We all love our pets and we want to do right by them.  These are some great programs offered through the Guilford County Animal Shelter.  For more info on any of the above, you can contact SPOT@GuilfordCountyAnimalShelter.com

We will also keep the brochures and information in our office as well.

Apply Online!

If you see a property that you are just dying to get, no need to wait until we open to come in and apply.  We now accept applications online 24/7!

The application will walk you through what documents you need and how it works.  You can also choose to pay the application fee online or come to the office and make the payment.

Note: We can’t process the application until it is complete and the application fee is paid.  We would still need for you to view the property before we schedule a time to sign a lease with you.

We are proud to offer this added convenience to our prospective residents.

Thank you!

Pay Your Rent Online!

Exciting News! You can now pay your rent online! Choose to pay by Credit Card or E-Check anytime, anywhere. Additionally, where available, there is an Electronic Cash Payments option.

How To Get Started?

You will be receiving an email invitation to setup and access your unique tenant portal.

If we already have your email address, please look for the separate email invitation.
(note: the email may be in your spam folder)
For the best experience, Firefox or Chrome are the suggested browsers.

If you have not received the invitation, please send AmyHedgecock@gmail.com your email address and we will send out your invitation.

Why Pay Online?
It’s Secure – Online payments are more secure than mailing a check!
It’s Fast – Online payments post to your rent account immediately!
It’s Convenient – View your charges and make payments online anytime, from anywhere!
It’s Flexible – You can pay with whatever method best fits your needs!

What Are Your Payment Options?

E-Check – (FREE) Enter your routing and account number to pull your rent directly from your checking or savings account.

Credit Card – Charge your rent to your credit or debit card; earn points or pay over time. There is an online payment fee affiliated with any Credit Card payments:
$17 for rent up to $900
$27 for rent between $900.01 and $1250
$37 for rent between $1250.01 and $3000 (max $3000 per transaction)

Electronic Cash Payments – Take your cash and personalized PaySlip into 7-Eleven or ACE Cash Express to pay your rent.
Contact us for your personalized PaySlip and to find the most convenient payment locations
A transaction fee of $3.99 will be applied for transactions up to $1500
Ace Cash Express is located at 2114 S. Main St in High Point

Please contact our office at 336.883.1333 with any questions.

Investors Needed!

January started off with a bang, and we have continued this trend into February!  In fact, at this point we have almost everything rented!  But we are still getting calls and applications from prospective tenants.

If you are investor in need of property management, please contact us as soon as possible.  We would love to tell you what Fowler & Fowler, REALTORS can do for you!

 

IRS Form 1099

This week we mailed all of our clients their 2014 IRS Form 1099.

Your 1099 reflects all of the income taken in on your investment property in 2014.  Please keep in mind that it does not include any expenses.  You will need both your 1099 and your December cash flow statement to give to your accountant.

Your December cash flow was included with your December 2014 owner report.  If you have misplaced your report, have no fear!  Your owner statement can be found online 24/7 at www.Fowler-Fowler.com  You can access all of your reports through the Owner Portal.

We thank you for your business!

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