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Essential Maintenance to Conduct on Newly Purchased Homes

You've worked hard to become a homeowner. However, your work is not done. After you move into your new house, there are several essential maintenance tasks that you'll need to attend to. Here are a few things you need to do in order to maintain your new home:

Gutter Maintenance

Your gutters are an important part of your home. They're designed to prevent water from damaging the foundation of your home by redirecting the flow away from the base. They'll also prevent ice dams from forming on your roof by creating a path for the water to flow off of your roof. You should inspect your gutters and clean them if necessary, as gutters can become easily clogged with leaves and branches - and even sustain damage over time if not taken care of. This is an easy fix that many neglect after purchasing a home, resulting in more costly repairs down the road.

Air Conditioner Maintenance

Unless the air conditioner is brand new, you should ensure that it gets maintenance. You'll need to have the filter changed, since it's responsible for removing dirt, dust and allergens from the air. A dirty filter will cause your HVAC system to work harder, as well as produce poor air quality.

You'll also need to have your HVAC system inspected by a professional. They can perform a tune-up. Air conditioner maintenance will help you save money because the unit will use less energy and last a lot longer.

Water Heater Maintenance

Your water heater likely needs to be drained if it's been used before. Sediment has a tendency to build up in water heaters over time, and few sellers have this taken care of before they sell their home. If the sediment hardens, your water heater will become less efficient. Draining the water heater will help get rid of the sediment and ensure your heater works normally long after you move into your new home.

Plumbing Maintenance

Inspecting the pipes in a property you've just moved into is crucial. Look under your sinks to make sure the pipes aren't leaking. Also, if there are water stains on your ceiling, you may have a plumbing leak. Additionally, you'll need to check your faucets for drips. If you notice any problems, call a plumber who can ensure that your sinks, toilets and pipes are in good working condition. Plumbing maintenance can help you save a lot of time and money further down the road.

You will need to perform basic maintenance when you move into a home. You'll need to clean your gutters in order to protect the foundation, as well as perform water heater maintenance and air conditioner maintenance. Additionally, it's important to make sure your plumbing system is in good shape.

RE/MAX Realty Group/100 Announces their 2016 Top Producers

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD- Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Realty Group and RE/MAX 100, Ken Crowley, has announced the 2016 top producing agents and teams in the categories of volume, transactions, listings and sales for the brokerage as a whole.

Jessica Adams, Ross Simone, Lisa Wills, Kathy Xu, Klaus Breitsameter, Patricia Nicely, Gary Mead, Matthew Pfau and Mercedes Fitzgerald were the top producing individual agents for 2016.The Prigal Brothers and Associates, Andy Werner and Associates, The Connie Fitzgerald Team, The McKnew Realty Group, Phil Kelley Team, Michael Foster Expert Advisors, Christopher Cecil’s team, The Linda Lindley Group and The Wendy Slaughter Team were the 2016 top producing real estate teams with RE/MAX Realty Group and RE/MAX 100.

Jessica Adams, Ross Simone, Lisa Wills, Kathy Xu and Klaus Breitsameter were the top five producing individual agents with RE/MAX Realty Group and RE/MAX 100 in the category of volume. In the category of transactions, the top five producing individual agents were Lisa Wills, Ross Simone, Patricia Nicely, Klaus Breitsameter, and Gary Mead. Top five producing individual agents in sales were agents Ross Simone, Matthew Pfau, Lisa Wills, Mercedes Fitzgerald, and Kathy Xu. In listings, the top five producers were Klaus Breitsameter, Lisa Wills, Patricia Nicely, Jessica Adams, and Gary Mead.

The top producing Real Estate Teams in the category of volume were The Prigal Brothers and Associates, Andy Werner and Associates, The Connie Fitzgerald Team, The McKnew Realty Group and Phil Kelley Team. In the category of transactions, the top producing Real Estate Teams were The Connie Fitzgerald Team, Andy Werner and Associates, The McKnew Realty Group, The Prigal Brothers and Associates, and Michael Foster Expert Advisors. Top five producing teams in sales were The Connie Fitzgerald Team, Michael Foster Expert Advisors, Christopher Cecil’s team, The Linda Lindley Group and Andy Werner and Associates. In listings, the top five producing teams were Andy Werner and Associates, The McKnew Realty Group, The Connie Fitzgerald Team, The Prigal Brothers and Associates, and The Wendy Slaughter Team.

The brokerage would like to congratulate all their real estate agents and real estate teams who ranked as a company top producer for 2016 and sincerely thanks them for their hard work and loyalty.

RE/MAX Realty Group and RE/MAX 100 is a locally owned and operated full-service real estate brokerage with offices located throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia. The brokerage has over 400 Realtors® and specializes in Residential and Commercial real estate. RE/MAX Realty Group and RE/MAX 100 is a proud supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities. To learn more, please visit www.ournexthouse.com.