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Must-Have Tools for Homeowners

By Dustin Sartoris - April 15, 2019 - 0 Comments
Must-Have Tools for Homeowners

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will cover most of your basic projects. Cordless Drill A cordless drill is a must-have for installing cabinets, drawer pulls, hinges, picture frames, shelves and hooks, and more. Whether it’s for do-it-yourself projects or repairs, you’ll use your cordless drill just about every month. Drain Cleaners Shower and bathroom sink drains…

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Tips on Choosing the Right Realtor for You

By Dustin Sartoris - April 8, 2019 - 0 Comments
Tips on Choosing the Right Realtor for You

Finding the right Realtor is almost as important as finding the right home – in fact, without the right Realtor, you may never find the home of your dreams. In a housing market as fast-paced and competitive as Austin’s, it’s no wonder that there are hundreds of real estate agents vying for your attention. But not all agents are created equal, so here are some tips to sort through the crowd and find the right Realtor to make your dream home a reality. Ask Around for Recommendations Asking around for recommendations is a great way to start a list of…

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Open House – 715 Wood Mesa Ct

By Dustin Sartoris - March 29, 2019 - 0 Comments
715 Wood Mesa Ct, Round Rock, TX, 78665

Come join Dustin Sartoris, REALTOR® at his Open House at 715 Wood Mesa Ct, Round Rock, TX, 78665 on Saturday, March 30th from 1 to 4 PM. Dream home in the heart of Teravista golf course community, Round Rock. 5BR 3BA, theater room, formal dining/study, and loft. Huge hardscaped outdoor living w/ fireplace and built-in grill, on the golf course. Hardwood floors in entry, formal living/study, loft, master bedroom, and stairs. Brand new carpet in the other 4 bedrooms. Custom plantation shutters, stainless high-end Samsung appliances. This home has been carefully maintained by the owners who built it in 2006.…

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Tips on Buying Your First Home in Austin

By Dustin Sartoris - March 12, 2019 - 0 Comments
Tips on Buying Your First Home in Austin

Congrats on starting your journey to becoming a first-time homeowner! If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsure of where to begin, don’t worry – the competitive Austin real estate market can be intimidating for even the most experienced buyers. This article covers five tips for buying your first home in Austin. With this knowledge and a seasoned Realtor on your side, you’ll be equipped to take on the market and score your first home. Start Saving Now If you’re considering buying a home anytime in the future, start saving money for a down payment now! Ideally, you should save a down…

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Top 7 Reasons to Move to Austin

By Dustin Sartoris - February 25, 2019 - 0 Comments
7 Reasons to Move to Austin

Considering making the move to Austin? You’re not alone – it’s a trendy (and fast-growing) hot spot for those looking to relocate. In fact, almost 150 people move to Austin every day! Here are my top 7 reasons to make Austin your new home. 1) Jobs Galore Austin is one of the best cities to start a career and a top city for young professionals. And if you’re looking to jumpstart a career in technology, then look no further than Austin – the tech hub of the future. This tech-friendly city is host to the South by Southwest Conference each…

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5 Criteria for Pricing a Home

By Dustin Sartoris - February 8, 2019 - 0 Comments
5 Criteria for Pricing a Home

When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area. Here are five criteria to look for in a sales comparison. Location Homes in the same neighborhood typically follow the same market trends. Comparing your home to another in the same neighborhood is a good start, but comparing it to homes on the same street or block is even better. Date of Sale It varies…

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Dealing with Scratched Hardwood Floors

By Dustin Sartoris - January 15, 2019 - 0 Comments
Dealing with Scratched Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are highly desirable for most homeowners, but they come with their share of challenges when it comes to cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. After a few months or years of heavy use from kids playing with toys and chairs being shuffled around, it may be time for some DIY fixes. Hiding Scratches If you’ve got a good eye for matching colors, you can actually use crayons or markers or purchase wax sticks from the hardware store to fill-in scratches. Try to match the stain color on your floors, but don’t worry if it’s a little off. If the color…

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5 Secret Weapons for DIY Projects

By Dustin Sartoris - December 18, 2018 - 0 Comments

Is there a home maintenance project that’s been lingering on your to-do list for too long because you’re dreading the trip to the hardware or craft store? There are some projects you can tackle with items that are almost certainly already in your home. Vinegar: There’s probably a jug of vinegar in your pantry right now. You can soak items in vinegar to remove mineral deposits (like in a clogged showerhead), and you can boil vinegar in your microwave to remove odors and make it easier to clean. Cola: A can of Coke or Pepsi can be used to clean many surfaces,…

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Upsizing Your Home

By Dustin Sartoris - November 25, 2018 - 0 Comments
Upsizing Your Home

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof. Remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your property may be prohibitive. That’s when moving to a bigger home becomes the best solution. Where Do You Need More Space? The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square…

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How to Check Your Home for Air Leaks

By Dustin Sartoris - October 5, 2018 - 0 Comments
How to Check Your Home for Air Leaks

We’re well into the fall season and winter is right around the corner. This is the time of year when it’s especially important to make sure your home is properly sealed. Air leaks can make it difficult to keep your home properly heated and can lead to high utility bills. Here’s quick guide to checking your home for air leaks. Do an air pressure test. You can quickly check for air leaks with a simple test using household items. Seal your home by completely closing all doors, windows, and vents and turning off exhaust fans. Then pass a burning incense…

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