Helpful Home Ideas

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Is Your Bend Oregon Home Ready for Winter?

For those of us who lived through the winter of 2017 in Central Oregon, we remember how winter weather can be hazardous to your home. When the temperature drops and snow accumulates, having prepared your home can ensure you and your property remain safe and warm throughout the winter.

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Here are some of the best tips to get your home ready for winter:

  1. Blow out sprinklers and turn the system off.
  2. Store hoses in the garage and install covers over your outdoor faucets.
  3. Store patio furniture in dry location.
  4. Seal cracks around doors and windows.
  5. Clean your rain gutters and ensure they are working well.
  6. Have your roof and chimney inspected by a professional and the chimney cleaned.
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Bend Oregon Residents Love Their DogsDogs

As more and more states are beginning the reopening process after the initial COVID-19 pandemic shut downs, many of you may be finally getting ready to go back to work after months in quarantine. Being dog lovers ourselves, we know how much people love their furry companions and we are sure the dogs have enjoyed having you all home during this time (we're sure the cats have been just waiting for you to finally leave!). However, with your pets being so used to you being around all the time during these last few months, the change to a work schedule may get very tough on them and separation anxiety may begin to show. We love our pets and want them to be confident, happy, well adjusted animals and that includes when

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Thinking of Selling Your Bend Oregon Home?

What You Can Do to Get Your House Ready to Sell | MyKCM

Some Highlights:

  • Believe it or not, there are lots of things you can do to prep your house for a sale without even going to the store.
  • Your real estate plans don’t have to be completely on hold even while we’ve hit the pause button on other parts of daily life.
  • Tackling small projects from cleaning the corners you may normally skip to tidying up your yard are easy and necessary wins if you’re thinking of listing your house and making a move.
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5 Reasons Your Neighbor's House is Worth More Than Yours 

Really? Is our Charlotte home worth that much?


It's time to list your home and you've been seeing the sales prices of the homes around you and you're overly excited that your home is going to sell for SO much more than you ever thought it would! Your neighbor's home yours is bound to as well, right?


Not so fast!  I've run into this on more than one occasion each and every week this month and here is my advice as to why your home may not hold the same value as your neighbors' homes:

  1. Updates, updates, updates!  Updates are simply at the top of the list for home buyers these days - time is a factor in everything as we find ourselves running in 100 different directions each day and cannot
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COBA Spring Home and Garden Show

Bend Premier Real Estate at COBA Home Show

If you are planning on attending the Central Oregon Builders Association Spring Home and Garden Show this weekend at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds, stop by and visit us! Our friendly Brokers will be happy to answer questions on any of your Central Oregon real estate needs. Ask about our free search app and take home a stress ball or coffee mug. You will find us in the Bank of the Cascades Center to the right of the entrance next to the Bendistillery booth.

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Roof with SnowIn light of the collapse of the Highland school gym roof last night, the concerns regarding snow load have really hit home. So what is snow load and what can a Bend homeowner do about it? According to AccuWeather, a cubic foot of dry snow weights about 6 to 8 pounds, while one cubic foot of packed snow could weigh up to 20 pounds. The same volume of ice can weigh three times this amount.  Roofs are engineered to handle a certain amount of weight based on their pitch (inches the roof rises vertically for every 12 inches it extends horizontally). The steeper the pitch, the less likely snow will accumulate on the roof. Homes with low pitch or flat roofs are at increased risk to accumulate snow and collapse under the snow's weight. The average

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Icicles and Ice DamsBend Oregon Homes -

This winter has seen more snow fall in Central Oregon than we have had for several years. Although beautiful, it can also be hazardous for driving and can create problems for Bend real estate. Among the most noticeable issue we have observed is a great number of icicles hanging from roofs. These are indicators of problems with your Bend home. Icicles form when snow accumulates on your roof and then melts. If your attic has insufficient insulation or improper ventilation so that your attic becomes warm, this will heat the roof and cause the snow to melt.  As it melts, the water flows towards gutters or the edge of the roof where it freezes again, forming icicles. Experts advise against knocking these icicles off, as this may break

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Bend Real Estate Listing in SnowBend Oregon real estate continues to be sold even during winter. Some sellers do take their property off the market during the winter months, but for those who don't, there are buyers interested in purchasing Bend homes. For those sellers who are willing to keep their listings going in the winter, there are several items which need to be addressed to optimize the opportunities for buyers to see and fall in love with the property.

  1. First, make sure the sidewalk, entry and driveway are shoveled and as free from snow as possible. It is very difficult to show a home if the buyers and selling Broker have to beat their own path through the snow to the front door.
  2. Provide a rug both outside and inside the front door for buyers to wipe the snow and
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Seasons have different effects on plumbing. As the winter season approaches it is necessary to take steps to protect your plumbing from the risks this season may bring. Being aware of these risks and following some simple tips can save your home, and you, from a lot of frustration.Plumbing Pipes

  • Pipe Protection:

If you have a trip planned, it is vital that you take proper safety measures regarding your plumbing while you are gone. Rather than turning off the heat altogether, set it to a temperature of 45-55 degrees.

This temperature setting will keep the water in the pipes from freezing which is a serious hazard. The ice may cause the pipes to burst causing flooding in your home and gallons of water to be wasted. Consider keeping cupboards with

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Fall Home MaintenanceThe days are getting shorter, the leaves are turning, and there is a chill in the air! We all know that winter is just around the corner. But while you are raking the leaves in your yard, have you also thought about what you need to do to get your home ready for winter? Here are 10 ideas which can be done to keep your Bend Oregon Home ready to tackle the worst Mother Nature can throw at it this winter!


  1. Blow out sprinklers and turn the system off.
  2. Store hoses in the garage and install covers over your outdoor faucets.
  3. Seal cracks around doors and windows.
  4. Clean your rain gutters.
  5. Have your roof and chimney inspected by a professional.
  6. Have your furnace serviced.
  7. Prune your bushes and trees and clean up any yard debris.
  8. Drain
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