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Closing Your Vacation Home
"Everyone dreams of a vacation home where they can relax, play and live part of the year carefree. A vacation home that is not properly cared for can lead to spending more time working on your vacation home than playing or relaxing. A few precautions when you leave your house unoccupied can help assure more time enjoying your vacation." Read our full article Complements of: Yerkes Upstate Real Estate Services RESIDENTIAL, INVESTMENT, COMMERCIAL LAND, FARM, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Global Relocation and Referral Services Personal * Service * Support * Professionalism * Integrity Providing friendly dedicated service - customized to your needs. Using state-of-the-art methods to find the right property for you and/or sell your property at the best possible price. YerkesUpstate.com        
Defeasance - What, Why, How and When
What is a Defeasance?  Why Should you Consider a Defeasance?  How is a Defeasance is performed?  When should you consider doing a defeasance? For answers to these questions and more about this topic, read our corresponding article on the topic of defeasance.   Compliments of: Yerkes Upstate Commercial Real Estate Services RESIDENTIAL, INVESTMENT, COMMERCIAL LAND, FARM, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Global Relocation and Referral Services Personal * Service * Support * Professionalism * Integrity Providing friendly dedicated service - customized to your needs. Using state-of-the-art methods to find the right property for you and/or sell your property at the best possible price. YerkesUpstate.com    
The Home Energy Saver
The Home Energy Saver is designed to help consumers identify the best ways to save energy in their homes, and find the resources to make the savings happen. The Home Energy Saver was the first Internet-based tool for calculating energy use in residential buildings. The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the national ENERGY STAR Program for improving energy efficiency in homes. The Home Energy Saver quickly computes a home's energy use on-line based on methods developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. By changing one or more features of the modeled home, users can estimate how much energy and money can be saved and how much pollution prevented by implementing energy-efficiency improvements. All end uses (heating, cooling, major appliances, lighting, and miscellaneous uses) are included. A detailed description of underlaying calculation methods and data is provided in a special report. The Home Energy Saver's Energy Advisor calculates energy use and savings opportunities, based on a detailed description of the home provided by the user. Users can begin the process by simply entering their zip code, and in turn receive instant initial estimates. By providing more information about the home the user will receive increasingly customized results along with energy-saving upgrade recommendations. In addition to calculating energy use on-line, the Home Energy Saver's Making it Happen and Energy Librarian modules connect users to an expanding array of "how-to" information resources throughout the Internet. These modules help users successfully capitalize on the energy savings opportunities identified by the Energy Advisor module. Users benefit from a dynamic information base unparalleled by resources that could be published on static electronic media. These modules offer a host of links to practical information, ranging from lists of specific efficient products ... to tips about selecting a good contractor ... to information on what assistance your utility might have to offer. The site also features an extensive glossary and frequently-asked questions module.   Compliments of: Yerkes Upstate Real Estate Services RESIDENTIAL, INVESTMENT, COMMERCIAL LAND, FARM, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Global Relocation and Referral Services Personal * Service * Support * Professionalism * Integrity Providing friendly dedicated service - customized to your needs. Using state-of-the-art methods to find the right property for you and/or sell your property at the best possible price.   YerkesUpstate.com       
Water-Saving Landscaping Tips
As signs of sunshine start to peek through the fog of winter, we grow nearer to the season marked by the hum of lawnmowers and the smell of freshly churned soil. Spring, and the joys (or chores) of landscaping, are nearly upon us. Depending on your point of view, gardening and yard work can either be a necessary evil or a cherished escape into the fresh air. But whether you're a minimalist landscaper or have the greenest of thumbs, the added expense of landscaping water bills can be an unpleasant reality every spring and summer. The tips below are just a few ways you can responsibly make it rain without draining your wallet dry. Harvest the Downpours — Setting up your own rain barrel is an easy way to save a significant amount of money each season. For every inch of rain that falls on 750 sq ft of roof, you can collect 450 gallons of water. That means many areas can gather upwards of a thousand gallons of water every year. That’s water you can use to hydrate your houseplants, flowers, vegetable garden or lawn. In addition to saving you money on water bills, using natural water is environmentally sustainable (cities spend a lot of money and energy treating and pumping water into homes). Plants will also grow better with rainwater compared to chlorinated and fluoridated tap water. Rain barrels can be fairly easily constructed out of old garbage cans, a few washers, a spigot, caulking, and a hose clamp. By connecting one of your home’s downspouts to the barrel, you will harness some of the rain collecting power of your roof. If Do-It-Yourself is not your cup of tea, premade rain barrels can be purchased at most home improvement stores, usually ranging from $100-$200. When setting up your rain barrel, make sure to place it on a platform (bricks, etc.) roughly a foot or so off of the ground to make it easier to fill up watering cans and also to give more pressure if you decide to hook it up to a hose. Mulch Ado — Adding a layer of mulch to landscaped areas doesn’t just serve as an aesthetic touch; it’s also one of the most effective and environmentally-friendly defenses against weeds that threaten to steal moisture from your plants. Mulch layers are air and water permeable, making them easy to plant into. Organic mulches such as hay, grass clippings, leaves and shredded bark will also improve the soil quality as they decay over time. Rubber, plastic or rock/gravel mulch layers can also be used with positive results. Clamp Down — Nothing wastes water quite as much as a needlessly running hose. Attach spray nozzles to all garden hoses to avoid leaving the water running. Spray nozzles also provide you with a little extra “oomph” of water pressure for watering hard to reach plants. Hold the Sprinklers — Using sprinklers can be a hassle-free way to water your lawn and plants, but if left on too long they can cost you a bundle while over-saturating your landscaping. Some sprinklers nowadays are equipped with built-in timing mechanisms and routines. As an alternative, you can install a simple faucet-mounted timer that remembers to shut off the water supply so that you don’t have to. Pay Attention to the Weather — Overwatering your plants and lawn costs you money, isn’t good for the plants and results in a great deal of water runoff. Keep in tune with just how much rainfall (roughly speaking) your yard is soaking in. This can be accomplished either by monitoring local weather sites or by setting up a simple rain gauge in your yard. Typically, plants need about an inch of water per week during the growing season. If you have sprinklers set on an automatic timer, make sure to adjust it as needed during periods of seasonal rainfall. Let it All Soak In — Unlike traditional sprinklers, soaker hoses aren’t susceptible to water loss through evaporation. Soaker hoses slowly drip water into the soil. When covered over with mulch, they have proven to be an extremely efficient watering method.   Compliments of: Yerkes Upstate Real Estate Services RESIDENTIAL, INVESTMENT, COMMERCIAL LAND, FARM, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Global Relocation and Referral Services Personal * Service * Support * Professionalism * Integrity Providing friendly dedicated service - customized to your needs. Using state-of-the-art methods to find the right property for you and/or sell your property at the best possible price.   YerkesUpstate.com       Content Copyright RE/MAX and Lawrence Yerkes.  All Rights Reserved.    
Etiquette for Dining with Others
Eat Out But Don't Gross Out Mealtime customs and table manners vary from country to country, including use of utensils (which ones, which hands, none at all?), table requests (asking for more, asking for condiments, etc.), and thanking the cook. This fun, International Dining Etiquette Quiz will help you assess your knowledge of global dining customs. General areas of cross-cultural dining etiquette to consider in preparation for dining with foreign clients (whether you're hosts or guests), are outlined at Sideroad.com (provides information from topic experts), and include seating, conversation, body language and more. The site also offers specific examples for dining in Japan, Germany, Turkey and the Middle East. Further research can be done for other countries. Bon appetite! Dining Etiquette in US International Dining Etiquette Business Meal Etiquette Inteview Dining Etiquette Formal Dining Protocol Tips Dining With Americans/Canadians Cultural Dining Guide   Compliments of: Yerkes Upstate Real Estate Services RESIDENTIAL, INVESTMENT, COMMERCIAL LAND, FARM, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Global Relocation and Referral Services Personal * Service * Support * Professionalism * Integrity Providing friendly dedicated service - customized to your needs. Using state-of-the-art methods to find the right property for you and/or sell your property at the best possible price.   YerkesUpstate.com       
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