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July
26

Make These Summer Fixes To Cut Costs

Home improvement shouldn't have to break the bank. Here are summer fixes that will save you money in the long run.

Whether you're saving to buy a home among Tuscaloosa homes for sale, or you've already acquired one and are looking for a few ways to cut expenses after the big outlay of buying a home — you can save money with some relatively painless hacks, and give yourself a bit of a financial boost.

Our real estate agents are very knowledgeable about the various fixes their clients have used to cut costs, so here are a few of them.

  1. Reduce energy usage.
    One of the best ways to cut costs is to reduce energy use. Yes, we know energy bills have risen because it's hotter than ever and oil prices are up, but there are some tricks that can help you lower costs, such as: A. Check your home's insulation and if it's lacking, shore it up, particularly on the floor of the attic; B.Seal air leaks with caulk and weatherstripping around door and window frames, baseboards, holes in exterior walls, attic hatch cover, and other areas where your cool air can get out and the heat gets in (install foam gaskets behind switch plates); C. Turn your A/C up a few degrees at night or when you're away from home, then turn it down when the family comes home and is moving around; D. Change your air filter regularly so your A/C doesn't labor to cool the home.

  2. Save money on irrigation.
    The best way to water your landscape in the warm months is with an irrigation system. But whether you use an irrigation system or you are hand watering and moving a sprinkler around, be sure you water effectively. Try to water at night or early in the morning, before the sun is up and the water evaporates. Watering at night or early allows the water to soak into the ground so it does the most good. Rather than watering frequently and to a shallow depth, water less frequently but allow the water to soak in. 

  3. Use fans to keep cool.
    If you don't have ceiling fans, install some. Make sure the fan blades are set to go counter-clockwise in the summer so that they can lift warm air from occupant level to the ceiling and help push down refrigerated air from the ceiling, down the walls, and down to occupant level. Keep fan blades clean, so they don't drag when operating. Also, use table or floor fans to supplement breezes as needed. You'll be able to cut back on air conditioning if you keep the breezes flowing.

  4. Shut blinds, curtains, and shades during the heat of the day.
    Shutting out solar radiation will keep the interior of your home cooler. If your windows aren't adequately covered, make it a summer-time project to cover them up.

  5. Cut down on cooking indoors.
    Use the microwave whenever possible to cook or to heat frozen, prepared dinners. Use the slow cooker out on the patio to cook meals; you can even bake potatoes in a slow cooker by pricking them, buttering up skins, and wrapping them in foil — then cover them up in the slow cooker for four hours on high, without adding moisture. If you've got an outdoor kitchen, even better.

  6. Use mulch to lessen heat stress.
    Use mulch generously around trees, shrubs, and flowers to maintain moisture levels and a cooler temperature in the soil so that you needn't water as much. But don't pile it against the plant.

Need more summer fixes to cut costs, or have you got a question about buying or selling a home? We're all ears. Contact us today. 

July
6

Here Are The Top Reasons To Move To Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa may just have everything you've been looking for in a community. Here's why you should plan your move now.

Shopping for a home among Tuscaloosa homes for sale? Then you probably already know it's a great place for finding a home you'll love at an affordable price. That's just one reason to move to Tuscaloosa. Our real estate agents have plenty of other reasons why you'll love it here. Let's have a look at the top reasons to move to Tuscaloosa.

  1. Warm weather
    Many folks fleeing the colder climes find a new home in the Deep South, where they can be warm a good part of the year. Yes, there is winter here in Tuscaloosa, but it's mild for the most part. For newly arrived snowbirds, our winter daily highs of around 60 degrees (rarely below 40 degrees) can be mighty pleasant. Extremely cold or warm temperatures are rare in the winter, and there's hardly ever any snow. Rain? Oh, yes, rainfall can be abundant, with an average of 53 inches a year, but there are also a lot of sunny days (214) for the rest of the year.

  2. Friendly people
    Many visitors to the Deep South are struck by the friendliness of the people, and Tuscaloosa is no exception. If you're moving from a place where people don't have time for you, be aware that is not the case in Tuscaloosa. In general, you will find the local populace warm and welcoming. With a population of close to 100,000 people, Tuscaloosa is a small city that provides enriching opportunities, while maintaining the advantages of more laid-back urban settings.

  3. A university town
    The University of Alabama has been a dominant force in shaping Tuscaloosa. As the flagship university of Alabama, "Bama," as UA is known informally, obviously offers outstanding educational opportunities to those who move to the environs. UA also extends cultural enrichment with lectures, art exhibitions, and community education. For sports fans, it's probably enough to mention the Crimson Tide football team in conversation and you'll get an earful and an understanding of how deeply Alabama and football are enmeshed.

  4. A museum/gallery town
    Love museums and galleries? There's something for the whole family in Tuscaloosa. Here are some of the top museums, galleries, and other venues for cultural enrichment: Alabama Museum of Natural History (UA);  Paul W. Bryant Museum (football history of UA); Warner Transportation Museum (UA); Moundville Archaeological Park (UA's Mississippi culture site); Sarah Moody Gallery of Art (a UA gallery); and Tuscaloosa Museum of Art.

  5. Lower cost of living
    The cost of living in Tuscaloosa is about 12 percent lower than in the rest of the country. The city offers a number of affordable housing opportunities, from rent-to-own apartments, rental apartments of one, two, or three bedrooms, and affordable houses, the cost of which is well below the national median. Overall, groceries, housing, and transportation are also less than the national average.

  6. Low unemployment
    The city has a low unemployment rate (3.6 percent) and a diverse job market, with The University of Alabama, Mercedes-Benz US International, and the DCH Health System being the major employers.

  7. Schools, colleges, and universities
    The Tuscaloosa City School System includes some highly rated schools: Tuscaloosa Magnet School-Elementary, grades K-5; Rock Quarry Elementary School, K-5; and Tuscaloosa Magnet School-Middle, grades 6-8.

    Alabama's largest university, The University of Alabama, is a  research university with an annual enrollment of 38,600. Stillman College is a black liberal arts college with 1,200 students, while Shelton State Community College is a two-year institution with an annual enrollment of 7,000.

Convinced about Tuscaloosa? Our real estate staff is eager to help you find your next home. Contact us today.

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