“This and that” real estate blog includes what needs to be up-to-date and what are some routine maintenance chores to keep up the value of your real estate investment. Some are ideas I have mentioned in previous blogs, but I found some new ideas as well!
As a realtor called in for a market analysis, when a home is being put on the market…the big factors are the updates and replacements! When was the home last painted…inside and out? How old are the appliances, water heater, roof and air conditioner? I found this article by the Florida Association of Realtors (FAR) pretty interesting … “How Long Will Your Home Last ?” How long are components in your home supposed to last?… Nothing last forever! I can’t believe our home is 18 years old . With the thought that we never know when we may have to sell, we have tried to keep our house up-to-date and well-maintained. Looking at the FAR chart (see below)… it is pretty accurate!
Home Inspections often find: gutters that need cleaning, cracked/missing grout, cracks in exterior stucco, broken gfi switches, rotted window frames and leaking faucets.
New article I read and agree with: Three Home Repairs that Can Save a Sale:
1-Fix flooring flaws: scratched wood floors, cracks and major imperfections in any flooring and buckled carpeting.
2-Repair Water stains: Plumbing issues send up red flags. If you’ve had a leak fixed anywhere in your house, make sure you paint or remove the signs there was a leak.
3-Touch up grout: Look for cracks in a shower’s grout and re-grout. You can also have tile grout power-washed, painted and/or replaced …thus making the area look new again. I have used Stanley Steemer and also witnessed the work of: Mr. Tile Cleaner, 352-746-9868. Amazing changes!
Regular maintenance :
- Inspect, and possibly change out HVAC filters. Many experts will say to change the filters monthly, but that’s not always necessary. For smaller families without pets or allergies, you’ll likely be okay changing the filters every 2-3 months. If the filter is dirty, change it out, otherwise inspect it again next month. We have an annual HVAC check.
- ▪ Clean kitchen sink disposal. There are a bunch of ways to do this, but the handiest and best all-around solution seems to be vinegar ice cubes. Put some vinegar in an ice tray and let it freeze, then run the ice cubes through the disposal. It freshens it, but as a bonus, ice sharpens the blades. It worked nicely!
- ▪ Clean range hood filters. If you’ve never thought of doing this, you’re in for a real “treat” when you get that filter off the hood to clean it for the first time. The Family Handyman suggests simply using a degreaser from an auto parts store mixed with hot water. Let the filter sit for a few minutes, rinse it off, and you’re good to go. Sounds easier than trying to replace it!
- ▪ Inspect your fire extinguisher(s). Quarterly
- Clean out dryer vents every year!
- ▪ Vacuum your refrigerator coils. The fridge can use up to 15 percent of your home’s total power, so you want it running as efficiently as possible. Over time, the coils get dirty and your fridge requires more juice. You can save up to $100 a year by doing this, and it’s not at all a difficult task.
- ▪ Check the exterior drainage. Will rain water flow away from the house? Puddles should not stand around your home for more than 24 hours. If water stays, or moves toward your foundation, you have a few options. First, check your gutters. It could be a bad spout or a loose connection there; they may also just need cleaning. Second, you can grade the area around your home yourself with some dirt.
- ▪ Clean out gutters. They’ve likely accumulated leaves from the fall and grime/sediment from the rains. We have added screens now to out gutters!
- ▪ Inspect the exterior of your home. Is any paint chipping? Are there any holes in your stucco/brick? Take a close look all around your house, and make any repairs as needed. A good silicone/caulk can fix a lot of your problems.
Did you know you need to open your windows 3-4 times a year? Clean out the tracks and spray the mechanics with a dry lubricant. Do not use WD40 as it does not dry and dirt adheres to it, aiding in rotting the wood.
Change out smoke detector batteries every year…we do ours at Halloween.
Lots of good ideas here to help keep your home’s value!
VALERIE THEATRE AGENDA
February 16 @ 3PM & 7:30PM *Live Onstage*
“If Mumford and Sons hung out with the Dixie Chicks ‘plus one’ at an Eagles Concert, you’d have the Redhead Express” Kendra, guitar player for The Redhead Express. Some refer to Redhead Express as Folk-Rock or Folk-Pop while others like the Alternative Country label. However, it seems that no matter what they sing, it is uniquely their own. While many believe it is their near perfect three and four part sibling harmonies that truly make them unique, after 10 years and over 3,000 shows, their sound and stage presence is undeniable. Sponsored, in part, by Mr. David S. Arthurs, Sr.
March 23 @ 3PM & 7:30PM *Live Onstage*
Native is a relevant and powerful production based on the true story of the collaboration between Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Green and the controversial author of Native Son, Richard Wright. Produced by EbzB Productions, Native features David zum Brunnen as Paul Green and J. Mardrice as Richard Wright. Serena Ebhardt directs. Native dramatizes the friendship and collaboration between Paul Green and Richard Wright. The authors are brought together to adapt Wright’s novel, Native Son for Broadway. In 1941 Paul Green is a UNC professor and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright who is also known for The Lost Colony. Richard Wright is the controversial author of Native Son, a groundbreaking work on the systemic discrimination of African-Americans. Green and Wright forge a deep respect for each other. Yet, in a heated discussion over a single page of their Broadway script, they argue about who has the right to tell the story of race, politics and social class. Ultimately the revelations dissolve their friendship in spite of their common goal to affect social change. EbzB Productions’ Native is based on the true story of Green and Wright’s collaboration. This event hopes to inspire audiences to gain understanding and to discuss differing viewpoints of systemic discrimination which continues to challenge us today.
April 20 @ 3:00PM *Live Onstage*
The Valerie String Quartet
Join us for an afternoon of Classical Music performed by members of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. The Valerie comes alive with great acoustics for this event. There is not a bad seat in the house for your listening pleasure!
Classic Movie Series
February 3 @ 3PM
Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated but kind-hearted working class Italian-American boxer working as a debt collector for a loan shark in the slums of Philadelphia. Rocky, a small-time club fighter, gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship. The film also stars Talia Shire as Adrian, Burt Young as Adrian’s brother Paulie, Burgess Meredith as Rocky’s trainer Mickey Goldmill, and Carl Weathers as the champion, Apollo Creed. The film, made on a budget of just over $1 million, was a sleeper hit; it earned $225 million in global box office receipts, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1976, and went on to win three Oscars, including Best Picture. The film received many positive reviews and turned Stallone into a major star. In 2006, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. Rocky is considered to be one of the greatest sports films ever made and was ranked as the second-best in the genre, after Raging Bull, by the American Film Institute in 2008.
February 8 @ 7:30PM ***Friday Nite at the Movies***
8 ½ (NR) (subtitled)
8 1⁄2 is a 1963 surrealist comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini. Co-scripted by Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, and Brunello Rondi, it stars Marcello Mastroianni as Guido Anselmi, a famous Italian film director who suffers from stifled creativity as he attempts to direct an epic science fiction film. Shot in black-and-white by cinematographer Gianni Di Venanzo, the film features a soundtrack by Nino Rota with costume and set designs by Piero Gherardi. Its title refers to it being Fellini’s eighth and a half film as a director. His previous directorial work consisted of six features, two short segments, and a collaboration with another director, Alberto Lattuada, the latter three treated as “half” films. 8 1⁄2 won the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Costume Design (black-and-white). Acknowledged as an avant-garde film and a highly influential classic, it was among the top 10 on BFI The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time, ranked third in a 2002 poll of film directors conducted by the British Film Institute and is also listed on the Vatican’s compilation of the 45 best films made before 1995, the 100th anniversary of cinema. It is now considered to be one of the greatest films of all time.
February 10 @ 3PM
FOLLOW THAT DREAM (G)
Follow That Dream is a 1962 American musical film starring Elvis Presley made by Mirisch Productions. The movie was based on the 1959 novel Pioneer, Go Home! by Richard P. Powell. Producer Walter Mirisch liked the song Follow that Dream and retitled the picture. The movie reached #5 on the Variety weekly Box Office Survey, staying on the chart for three weeks, and finishing at #33 on the year end list of the top-grossing movies of 1962. The courtroom scene was filmed at the Old Citrus County Courthouse!
February 17 @ 3PM
SOME LIKE IT HOT (PG)
Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American black and white romantic comedy film set in 1929, directed and produced by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. The supporting cast includes George Raft, Pat O’Brien, Joe E. Brown, Joan Shawlee, and Nehemiah Persoff. The screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is based on a screenplay by Robert Thoeren and Michael Logan from the French film Fanfare of Love. The film is about two musicians who dress in drag in order to escape from mafia gangsters whom they witnessed commit a crime inspired by the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. Despite Monroe’s contract requiring the film to be in color, she agreed to it being filmed in black and white after seeing that Curtis and Lemmon’s makeup gave them a “ghoulish” appearance on color film. Some Like It Hot opened to largely positive reviews and is today considered to be one of the greatest films of all time. It was voted as the top comedy film by the American Film Institute on their list on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Laughs poll in 2000. In 2017, the film was voted the best comedy of all time in a poll of 253 film critics from 52 countries conducted by the BBC in 2017. In 2005, the British Film Institute included this film on British Film Institute list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.
February 24 @ 3PM
THE AFRICAN QUEEN (PG)
The African Queen is a 1951 British-American adventure film adapted from the 1935 novel of the same name by C. S. Forester. The film was directed by John Huston and produced by Sam Spiegel and John Woolf. The screenplay was adapted by James Agee, John Huston, John Collier and Peter Viertel. It was photographed in Technicolor by Jack Cardiff and had a music score by Allan Gray. The film stars Humphrey Bogart (who won the Academy Award for Best Actor – his only Oscar), and Katharine Hepburn with Robert Morley, Peter Bull, Walter Gotell, Richard Marner and Theodore Bikel. The African Queen was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1994, with the Library of Congress deeming it “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. The film currently holds a 98% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 41 reviews.
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Alan Forino, Director
Valerie Theatre Cultural Center, Inc.
207 Courthouse Square
Inverness, FL 34450
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