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Radon Testing

May 28, 2015

house I have run into this situation once again so I decided to re-run this post.My buyers finally found their dream home. The offer was accepted and now it was time for the home inspection. The young couple had picked a great inspector who was very knowledgeable and patient
with their questions. He was careful how he answered, not wanting to overwhelm them with too much technical information but at the same time alerting them to potential safety/maintenance issues.

Everything was moving along smoothly until it came time for the Radon testing. The listing agent kept putting her two cents in and kept talking like she was the ‘expert”. “This is a new home, it doesn’t have radon” she said. This was obviously upsetting my clients and annoying the inspector. Well, he finally had enough and told her to be quiet. I asked her to please go upstairs and wait while the inspector did his job. It was then that the inspector handed my clients a card that had all the information you ever wanted to know about Radon (what a clever idea) on it. There was information I didn’t even know about Radon. I thought it would be a good idea to just mention some of the highlights.
1.Just because your neighbor doesn’t have radon doesn’t mean you won’t. Just like a real estate transaction each home is unique and comes with its own issues.
2.Things change over time and just because your initial test (when you bought the house) showed no/ or low levels of Radon, you should re- test every few years. You absolutely should re-test if you make any major renovations or additions to your home.
3.You don’t need to hire a professional to test for radon (you absolutely need a professional if radon is found to mitigate the problem). The test kits you can get on-line or at the home improvement stores work just fine.

While Radon can be a serious problem for homeowners it is one that can be solved rather easily and won’t break the bank to fix. If you would like additional information regarding Radon just drop me a line and I would be happy to provide you with an information pamphlet.
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It’s A/C Time

May 25, 2015

We were hit with some warm weather in the past few weeks but it didn’t last long. So like most folks I am guessing you pushed off getting your A/C units serviced. Please take some advice and pay the $150 to get your A/C tune up before the $150 turns into thousands.This preventative maintenance can add life to your unit and diagnose any potential problems that might arise.Besides giving us comfort throughout the hot summer months Central Air conditioning adds value to your home. In fact it has become a must have on my clients wish lists for homes (next to updated baths and Kitchens).
Each year I do my own ‘mini’ tune up before the technicians come.

After I take the cover off the unit I look for anything that might have gotten into the unit like twigs or leaves. I then hose off the entire unit.condenser I then move inside and clean all the vents.I take off the covers and rinse them off in the sink.ac vent I also clean the inside of the duct work by sticking my hand in as far as I can reach with a damp cloth. This helps remove any dust or dirt. The next step is to examine the Air Handler in the attic. I look to make sure all wires and vents are attached correctly – when the unit is turned on i look for leaks and make sure the condensation hose is not clogged.air handler The last thing I do is to replace the air filters and I turn the unit on Fan (with the windows wide open) for the first 10 minutes to help get rid of all that stale air and dust that had collected over the long winter. After that I close the windows, put the unit on cool, wait for the technician and just enjoy.

Realtors Have Feelings Too

May 24, 2015

cafe soldI recently found out that a friend and former colleague was moving back into the area after a job offer that took him away a few years ago was now bringing him back to Westchester. Aside from the thought that we would get to hang out again I was super pumped that I would be able to repay him for all the help he had given me in the past by finding him and his family the perfect home. Well, not so fast …. It seems he decided to use an online company to help him search. WOW did I get the air knocked out of me. I was immediately brought back to my Realtor class where my instructor warned us that we needed to have a tough skin because in real-estate there is no loyalty.
I don’t buy that – I always strive to give my clients what I call ‘The Human Touch’. I provide the best service and always go out of my way and do things for the client and not the DEAL. Case in point, this weekend I am Dog sitting because my client’s mother is ill and she had to fly out of state last minute to take care of her. I picked my real estate company based on this same philosophy – Personal Service, Complete Care, Flexibility and awesome Technology Tools.
I respect his decision to use a different company but I wished he had reached out to me first. This is what I would have said:
Online companies are cool, hip and exciting with their flashy web designs and graphs. But in reality the information that you find isn’t always accurate or complete. They are simply an aggregate of information compiled from various sources that spit out data. They don’t take into account property condition or location. They lack the ‘Human Touch’.
The online Agency salesperson isn’t going to know that the town you are interested in is going to have a ‘tax re-assessment soon’. They don’t know that school enrollment is down and they are going to be closing another elementary school – the one you thought you would be sending your kids to.
Sometimes we are lured by offers of low percentage rates or rebates but you know that in the back of your mind that little voice is saying “be careful you just might get what you pay for”
I also would have told him that I work for a very progressive company that creates and customizes individual plans for Buyers and Sellers. We have flexibility in our programs, so present what other companies may offer you and we will discuss to match and/or surpass. I place my customers best interest above all else!

Kathleen Feeney
Lic NYS Salesperson
http://www.CafeRealtyNY.com
http://www.FindAHouseNow.net

Spring is Finally Here

May 5, 2015

I think it is safe to say that Spring has finally sprung. It is normally around this time of year I give tips on getting your house ready for sale. This year it’s more like – ‘How to repair the damage that the brutal winter left’. I plan on discussing the projects that I am currently working on around my home.I hope you will find them helpful.
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The first area of business is your driveway – you have to fill in all the cracks (to prevent water from getting in) and then re-seal the entire driveway. There are many products to choose from at your locale home improvement store. I am going with an oil based product because it lasts longer than the acrylic ones.

If your driveway looks like this then you are out of luck.driveway1 This requires a professional to re-patch with asphalt and then apply a sealer. These repairs need to be done before next winter to prevent any further damage.

Sinapi’s Bagels

November 10, 2014

sinapi3 There is a new Bagel Shop in Town and if you haven’t tried it out I urge you to do so. I know, I know, you are saying to yourself – big deal – But it is a BIG deal if you like REAL New York Style Bagels. It’s been so long since I had a great bagel that I fooled myself into thinking that the Bagels that were available in Town were good. That was until Sinapi Bagels opened their doors a few weeks ago. The Bagels are crispy outside and soft inside – the way Bagels ought to be! The Bagels are boiled and then baked (not steamed like other places) If bagels are not your thing then why not try some of the awesome baked goods made on the premises by the owner Anthony Sinapi , Master Baker (Cake Boss has nothing on this guy).sinapi1 Not in the mood for baked goods then you will be glad to find out that Sinapi’s also offers sandwiches and wraps. Remember the Burger King Jingle – ‘Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us’….. Well that is exactly how it is at Sinapi’s – no need to worry about getting yelled if you have a special request – they are pleased to serve you – they treat you like family:)
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You can find Sinapi’s Bagels at 222 Main Street
914-218-3870
They offer Catering and delivery

Kisco 5K Run

September 20, 2014

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The excitement continued to build outside Tommie Copper today with the distribution of the ‘Kisco 5 K ‘race packets. The race is tomorrow morning and it promises to offer something for everyone. The first annual “Kisco Dash” will happen immediately after the main race is over at Kirby Plaza. This is a race for ‘little ones’ and will be Led by MKES phys ed teacher “Coach D”. It is a short run where kids will cross the finish line, see their time and get a medal . No registration needed.
Although, I won’t be running I will be there to cheer on my neighbors and family. Come on down and Please bring a Non Perishable food item with you for the interfaith food Pantry.kisco run1
This is truly a great community awareness event and my hat goes off to the ladies that made it all possible ( Lisa Abzun, Kathy Lynch and Eileen Polese ).

Kisco 5K Run

September 14, 2014

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Today is the last day to register on line for the Kisco 5K Run. Don’t be left out, this is going to be one of the best events during Sale Days. If you can’t Run, then walk or how about volunteering ….

Online registration at RaceIt.com ENDS this Sunday, September 14th. https://www.raceit.com/Register/?event=28580

– You can still register on Saturday, September 20th in front of Tommie Copper in Mt. Kisco from 11am-2pm or inside the store in case of inclement weather.

– They will also be offering LIMITED race day registration on Sunday September 21st at 7:00am

Check them out on FB – Kisco Run

See you on there :)

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