Thursday, September 13, 2018

3 HVAC unit questions for Keller homeowners

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If you subscribe to the belief that your home is your castle, then you naturally expect to be comfortable in that castle, right? Whether it’s the middle of winter or the dog days of summer, your home’s HVAC system plays a vital role in supporting this comfort, so if you’re in the market for a new system, here are three questions you should ask before purchasing your new system.

Is the unit the right size for your Keller home?

In the world of HVAC units, size matters and bigger isn’t always better. A unit that is too big will needlessly waste energy in your home while a unit that is too small will burn out trying to keep up. An HVAC system's power is measured in tons — not a unit of weight in this case but power.
To determine the proper tonnage for your home, your HVAC technician will need to review most, if not all, of the rooms in your home — especially the attic and/or basement. A common rule of thumb for HVAC systems is that one ton is necessary for every 400 square feet in the home. However, your needs may vary based on your home’s location, its insulation and other factors, so don't be afraid to ask questions as your technician reviews your home.

What is the proper SEER rating for your home?

When it comes to HVAC systems, the SEER rating may be the most important measurement you're not aware of. SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and the rating is a good indicator of your unit’s energy efficiency. For example, a 19 SEER efficiency can reduce your system’s energy usage by up to 47 percent when compared to older 10 SEER units, meaning you'll start saving energy and utility costs immediately after installation.

All units with SEER ratings of 14 or higher earn an energy efficiency classification, so look for the SEER rating when shopping for a new HVAC unit and remember the higher the rating, the more you'll save in the long run.

What maintenance will be involved with my unit?

Like all other aspects of your home, adding a new HVAC unit means you’ll be responsible for some maintenance to support its use. The maintenance required for your new unit should be outlined in the owner’s manual, but you can also ask your HVAC contractor if you have any questions not answered in the guide. Confirm the warranty details of your new HVAC system and be sure to register the warranty with the manufacturer if necessary. This will ensure your new system is supported for years to come.

Following a regular maintenance schedule, such as keeping the area around your unit clean, is a good rule to follow. The extra effort will keep your system running optimally, and neglecting routine maintenance can void your system's warranty. Keep a record of all maintenance performed to reference in case any repairs are needed.

Finding your next HVAC system

Whether you want to enjoy the last days of this season or prepare for the next, finding the right HVAC system for your Keller home is one decision you shouldn't delay. Start your search by finding answers to the questions above and you'll be on your way to the perfect HVAC solution for your property.

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Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

How Keller homeowners can battle back-to-school pests

Kids at School

A new school year in Keller ISD means backpacks stuffed with school supplies and the return to classrooms. It also means an increased chance of your child encountering pests or unknowingly bringing them into your Keller home. From locker rooms to classroom floors, schools provide a whole host of tempting places where pests like insects and rodents may be. Check out how your children may come into contact with pests while at school and how to limit interaction with them.

Bed bugs
These small, reddish-brown insects feed on blood and can easily become a headache for your family. Bed bugs are active mostly at night, and can emerge from their resting spots beneath mattresses or even from the crevices of furniture to search for their next meal. They’re also great hitchhikers, meaning they can catch a ride home on your child’s backpack. Although they aren’t known to carry disease-causing pathogens, their bites can cause mild to moderate allergic reactions, which can also itch.

To limit the chances of your child bringing home bed bugs, you should check backpacks and other possessions upon entering your house. You can also inspect your car for obvious signs of bed bugs, like shed bed bug skins and blood stains.

Cockroaches
It’s important to be aware of the health concerns cockroaches present, especially if your child has asthma or another respiratory condition. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, their droppings, shed skins and saliva can cause allergic reactions and asthma, particularly in children. Contact can trigger nasal congestion, watery eyes and skin rashes. The insects can also contaminate surfaces with nasty bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella.

Cockroaches will eat just about anything, from ordinary food items to potted plants and even cosmetics. Areas like school cafeterias and bathrooms provide the perfect mix of food, shelter and moisture for these insects. They’re known stowaways, and could end up in your house via infested boxes or other items. If you don’t catch a cockroach clinging to your child’s belongings, you might find other signs, such as droppings or egg cases behind furniture or in pantries.

Ants
There’s no way around it: Kids are messy, and ants are perfectly equipped to take advantage of that. Ants have four to five times more odor receptors than other insects, making them skilled at finding food like the crumbs dropped during snack time in the classroom or lunchtime in the cafeteria.

With over 12,000 different species worldwide, these social insects can damage everything from wooden structures to computers, and can cause quite the distraction in the classroom. 

The type of ant also determines what kind of food that species will eat. Carpenter ants, for example, will seek out meat, honey and jelly indoors. A sticky sandwich would be an ideal target for one.

Follow this advice and keep your Keller home free from pests this new school year.


Grove Team 2017/2018

Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Fall is an ideal gardening season for Keller homeowners

Keller Homeowner Prepares To Garden

For Keller homeowners who garden, fall is bittersweet. The exuberance of summer’s bounty has started to fade, while cooler nights and less daylight signal the approach winter.

However, there’s still plenty of time to savor some of the garden’s best flavors before you close your door on the season. In fact, now is the perfect time to plant what are collectively known as “cool weather” crops — tasty favorites that thrive in autumn’s chill.

Cool crops grow a wide variety of veggies and herbs, perfect for fall planting. Check your local garden retailers to find plants near you.

Select some hardy favorites to get weeks of crisp cabbage slaws, healthy kale bowls, crunchy cauliflower and broccoli or even hearty greens like collards or Swiss chard, perfect to pop in a long-simmering winter braise.

Other fall favorites include Brussels sprouts — delicious roasted with slivers of garlic, olive oil and a touch of balsamic vinegar — or any of the versatile salad greens like lettuce and spinach or flavorful herbs like cilantro that tend to suffer and bolt prematurely in sweltering summer sun.

In addition, check out these 6 tips for fall gardening:

1. Go big at home
Plant pre-started vegetable or herb transplants rather than seeds to squeeze every last moment out of fall’s compressed growing season. These plants love warm soil coupled with cool air and will start to grow quickly. Using transplants instead of seed also means you’ll be gathering tasty produce weeks earlier than you would with seed-sown varieties.

2. Stretch the season
While you can certainly plant cool-season veggies and herbs in pots or in the ground, a simple, commonly available garden product, a “cold-frame”, can help you extend your fall season by providing some added protection. A cold frame is a four-sided, clear box — open to the soil at the bottom — with a hinged lid. Because the ground inside stays warmer than the ambient air temperature, a cold frame protects plants long after unsheltered veggies start to fail. (On warm, sunny days, be sure to crack the lid open to prevent too much heat from building up inside.)

3. Prepare you plot or pot
If planting in-ground, be sure to clear the area of previous planted crops and weeds, as they may decay and harbor bacteria. Always bag, tie and discard debris. Turn up the soil’s top layer and add some bagged compost, and mulch. If planting in a pot, be sure to sanitize pots and use fresh, new potting soil, specifically formulated for containers.

4. Proactively patrol for pests
While pest numbers naturally decline in the cooler days of fall, they don’t disappear entirely. Common pests of cool-season plants include tiny, sap-sucking aphids, caterpillars (particularly from cabbage white butterflies) and harlequin bugs. Inspect your plants for tiny clusters of aphids or tell-tale holes in the leaves. Handpick caterpillars or harlequin bugs from plants and dispose of them or use a strong blast of water from a hose to dislodge aphids.

5. Embrace cooler, carefree comforts
With the warm days and cool nights of fall, less moisture evaporates from your garden or pots, so you’ll need to water less often. (Only water when the soil 2” deep is dry.) In addition, many cool weather crops handily survive light frosts, growing well until a very hard freeze ends their productivity. Better yet, chilly weather improves the flavor of many late-season varieties, including members of the cabbage family, kale, Brussels sprouts and chard, by turning their starches into natural sugars, making them a sweet and healthy treat.

6. Take time to relax
Just like plants, gardeners enjoy a break from the stifling heat of summer. With the leisure of cool days, fewer chores and less weeding as the garden begins to wind down, you’ll be able to enjoy the garden more while you wait to harvest your fall favorites to boost your recipes and brighten your table and add appeal to your Keller home's front and backyard spaces.


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Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.

Monday, September 3, 2018

The value of going green for Keller homeowners

Young Keller Homeowners

Are you thinking of selling your Keller home and want to know some of the best ways to boost its value so you can demand top dollar, or potentially inspire a bidding war? Whether you're selling in a few months or a few years, there is one strategy that gets noticed in real estate markets across the United States: green home improvements.

Green homes can sell faster and for more money than comparable houses without eco-friendly features. Better yet, green homes are increasingly in demand. More than half of people rank green and energy efficiency as top requirements for their next homes, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.

What are some of the most in-demand features that can boost your home's value now and prepare it for a higher sales price in the future? Here are five improvements to consider to green your home and help it stand out from the competition.

Solar panels: Can you imagine producing enough energy that your local utilities company pays you for the surplus? With solar panels, this is possible. Plus, solar panels are extremely attractive to buyers who like that a system is already in place, and they can simply move in and enjoy the benefits. Plus, there's a $5,911 resale increase per installed kilowatt, according to the USGBC, which means a 3.1 kilowatt system could improve your home’s resale value by about $18,000.

Smart water-leak detection: Home water leaks waste 1 trillion gallons of water per year, according to the EPA. Fixing detectable leaks is a no-brainer, but what about hidden leaks? Use intelligent-water technology which can be installed on the main water line after the meter. Modern devices analyze your home's water use 240 times per second to detect tiny changes in water pressure. Not only can you target invisible water leaks and make repairs to reduce your water footprint, but the device also shuts off the water in an emergency, so you (and future homeowners) never have to worry about damage from things like a burst pipe.

New windows: Heat gain and loss through windows are responsible for 25 to 30 percent of residential heating and cooling energy use, according to the U.S. Energy Department, which recommends looking for the Energy Star label and reviewing ratings from the National Fenestration Rating Council. Homebuyers are sure to like the updated appearance of new windows, plus they'll appreciate the savings from increased energy efficiency. For a typical home, new Energy Star windows can save $126 to $465 a year when replacing single-pane windows, and $27 to $111 a year when replacing double-pane, clear-glass windows.

Landscaping and treescaping: The right landscaping provides wonderful visual allure to a home, but it can do so much more than that. Strategically planting trees and shrubbery can provide bountiful eco-friendly benefits. During the hot months, shade from trees and other large plants can help keep a home cooler, so your HVAC systems don't have to work as hard. During cold months, these same plants can serve as windbreaks, cutting those chilly gusts and helping protect your home from heat loss. By adding the right plants to your yard, you'll add curb appeal and green resale benefits that go beyond beauty.

Smart thermostat: Programmable thermostats are the norm for today's houses, allowing homeowners to set a schedule and forget it. You can save as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting, according to the U.S. Energy Department. Savvy homeowners looking to get the most out of green home improvements during resale should consider a smart thermostat. These types of thermostats go beyond simple programming and are able to analyze home usage trends, make energy-efficient setting suggestions, and can be controlled remotely.

Whether you're moving soon or will some time in the future, green home improvements boost your Keller home's value now. When it comes time to sell, these updates are sure to capture the attention of the modern homebuyer.

Grove Team 2017/2018

Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

5 Preperation Steps for New Keller Homeowners

New Homeowners
Having just purchased your new Keller home, there’s steps that should be taken promptly. Grove Team Keller Williams is here to assist new homeowners with each step in the process. As one of the leading realtors in DFW and Keller specifically, we have the knowledge and experience required to ensure your transition goes as smoothly as possible. Check out these 5 preparation steps for new Keller homeowners:

Get Organized


Write up a list of all the items that were moved from your old location to your new home. Items left behind will be replaced with new ones, whether it is furniture, decoration, or tools and devices. Once you document what your new home has, and what it needs, you can begin to do budget-oriented research on how to replace your items for a reasonable price. Search organization APPs on your IOS or Android device for help streamlining the process.

Learn The Area


When moving to a new town or city, one of the greatest adjustments is learning the area. For this reason, it’s best to learn navigation prior to moving. Drive around the neighborhood of your home and find routes to nearby locations like grocery stores, fitness centers, and shopping centers. You can download the WAZE app for IOS to help you find your way around initially.

Set Time To Relax


Moving is a stressful experience, and the worst thing to do is to compound it by feeling like everything must get done NOW. Moving is a process, and it’s best to define times throughout your day to simply relax. You might still have boxes in a corner, but remember not everything HAS to go up at once. You might find a more gradual process lowers your anxiety. If not, there’s no arguing with your intuition.

Exterior Landscaping

If you’ve yet to move into your home, you might want it to look just right when you arrive --- well at least the exterior. You can achieve this bliss by hiring a local landscaper and/or tree treatment company to assess the condition of your lawn, garden, and everything green surrounding your home. From an aesthetic standpoint, a freshly manicured lawn is envious.

Service Appointments

Because TV’s are typically unplugged nowadays (No Cable), not as many service appointments will be scheduled as their once might have been. Still, a fair share of them are still all but mandatory. Whether it’s installing internet service with Wi-Fi routers and the likes, or a pool technician checking your current water levels, it’s best to mark these appointments on your calendar. Use Google Calendar to set reminders for when these are scheduled.
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Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.

Friday, August 24, 2018

340 Anita Avenue Keller, TX 76248

340 Anita Avenue


Property Tour: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/YCBRY2/340-Anita-Avenue-Keller-TX-13919304
Memories begin here! This adorable one story home located in the heart of Keller features wonderful open floor plan and an abundance of natural light. Enter into the bright living area that cheerfully welcomes any visitor offering the warmth of a fireplace. The efficiently designed kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar. Retreat to the updated master suite for some quiet time. Secondary bedrooms, utility room and covered patio enhance this home. Walking distance to Bear Creek Park and Keller Pointe, easy access to shopping, restaurants and highways complete this package.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 1,420
Price: $210,000

For more information about this property, please contact Diane M. Grove at 817-337-0000 or info@groveteam.com. You can also text 5217367 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).


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MLS ID: 13919304

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

1241 Castlegar Lane Fort Worth, TX 76247

1241 Castlegar Lane

Property Tour: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/A8GL2L/1241-Castlegar-Lane-Fort-Worth-TX-13918301
Precious memories begin here in this beautiful one story home located in Northwest ISD. The open concept and abundance of natural light evoke a relaxing lifestyle. Spacious kitchen features large island, stainless steel appliances and breakfast room. Enjoy the vaulted ceilings and soft archways. Entertain family and friends in the sizable family room offering the warmth of a floor to ceiling, brick fireplace. Retreat to the master suite for some private time and relax in the garden tub. Spacious flex room can be used as living space or study. Secondary bedrooms, enclosed patio, awesome yard, easy access to shopping and highways complete this amazing package.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 2,021
Price: $225,000

For more information about this property, please contact Diane M. Grove at 817-337-0000 or info@groveteam.com. You can also text 5212690 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).


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MLS ID: 13918301