442 Tips To Keep Your House In Tip-Top Shape

by Team Lally on January 24, 2012

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442 tips to keep your house in tip-top shape
Book Review: ‘What’s a Homeowner to Do?’

The following article covers a topic that has recently moved to center stage–at least it seems that way. If you’ve been thinking you need to know more about it, here’s your opportunity.

If you’ve ever bought one of those little gift books that has a year’s worth of daily inspirational messages, this book will remind you of one of those. It’s a small-format book filled with 442 tips, diagrams, and easy-to-use, bite-sized tutorials for do-it-yourself home improvement, maintenance and safety projects.

Fanuka, the star of the show “Million Dollar Contractor,” teams up with Edward Lewine (who writes a couple of home improvement columns for The New York Times Magazine) to comprehensively catalog and address precisely the sorts of items that keep buyers and homeowners awake at night, offering their insomnia-soothing home improvement knowledge in a highly digestible format.

Throughout, they flag items that homeowners need to maintain on a regular basis to avoid disasters, parse out which items owners can do themselves (and which they should refer to the pros), empower them to ask the right questions and have the right conversations with those pros, and walk them through simple instructions for doing it themselves, where applicable. The book starts out with a “green manifesto” that briefs readers on all the ways in which their homes impact the environment by offering them a long bullet point list of choices they can make to green their homes. It then moves on to cover the down-and-dirty, do-it-yourself tutorials with a chapter on how to assemble and use a basic toolkit. Then, the book proceeds to offer hundreds of mini-lessons categorized by area of a home, from the exterior, to windows, plumbing, electrical,  and such subjects as carpentry, doors and locks, walls, basements, garages, yards, and safety and security issues.

Often, these sorts of tips books can be tough to use for readers who have a high need for information — those who want to know why they should do things a particular way, or why they should trust the proffered advice. But interspersed throughout the book’s tips on what to do to your home are highly interesting briefings on “how” things in your home work. In short-and-sweet plain English, Fanuka and Lewine answer questions like “What’s so important about rain gutters?” and “How are wooden stairs constructed?”

If you own a home and feel at loose ends when it comes to knowing what you should be doing to keep it in tip-top shape, “What’s a Homeowner to Do” is an accessible, yet smart, primer and reference guide you’ll turn to time and time again. If you’re still in house hunt mode, definitely put it on your housewarming registry — it’ll save you some sleepless nights, and maybe even some money!

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Rent or Buy

by Team Lally on January 20, 2012

Rent or Buy?
Helping consumers make informed choices

It still looks to be a buyer’s market rather than a rental one, according to the latest data released by HotPads.com. The rental price for 2-bedroom units jumped 3.75% in 2011, compared to a 1.83% fall in sale prices across the top-20 most populated metros in the U.S.  For many consumers, the decision to purchase a home or continue paying rent has come under closer scrutiny. It’s not because home ownership is no longer attractive.

According to “National Association of Realtors magazine”, eighty-eight percent of homeowners indicated that owning a home has been a positive experience, whereas only half of renters (51 percent_ say the same about their experience. Most homeowners (95 percent) and renters (72 percent) believe that over a period of several years, it makes more sense to own a home than to rent.

But the current economic climate has shaken consumer confidence. And when people are nervous about the future, it’s more difficult to sort through the facts and decide to proceed on a major decision like buying a home.

Here’s an interesting statistics reported by the U.S Censuus Bureau that in 2010 Census shows second highest home ownership rate on record despite largest decreasesince 1940.

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Property Tax Assessments for 2012

by Team Lally January 10, 2012

ShareEvery Dec. 15th, the City & County of Honolulu mails out to Homeowner’s their new property tax assessed values for the next year, which they use to base the Homeowner’s property tax on. If they over assess your Home’s value by more than 10%, you can appeal through the mail. We wanted to drop a line to offer assistance:  If [...]

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Santa Baby Fundraiser for “Women In Need” Organization

by Team Lally December 9, 2011

Share‎‎Team Lally will be organizing a “SANTA BABY Fundraiser”. All proceeds benefit Women In Need (WIN), families who have been through domestic violence, homelessness, substance abuse and incarceration We are collecting donations between Thurs, Dec. 1st—Weds, Dec. 14th! You may drop off your donations at our Kapolei office (RE/MAX Honolulu: 480 Kamokila Blvd Ste. B3, [...]

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We’ve Moved

by Team Lally November 14, 2011

ShareWe have moved and our business address has changed, but we haven’t traveled far. We’re sending you a note, so you’ll know where we are! Please note our change of address as followed.The address is different but the business is the same, When you come to see us, We are at: 480 Kamokila Blvd. Ste. B-2 Kapolei, Hawaii 96707 Please [...]

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Leola Baby Collections & Keki Boutique

by Team Lally November 7, 2011

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