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Gunning Real Estate Team
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Stamped Concrete Design Ideas for Last Minute Summer Projects

August 5, 2011 5:05 pm

There’s no need to put off hardscaping projects for another year; get started this summer. More and more homeowners and business owners across the globe are turning to stamped concrete to create a concrete surface that is both functional and aesthetically appealing. The availability of patterns and designs have transformed the way consumers look at stamped concrete. 

Decorative stamped concrete has come a long way since it was first introduced in the market in the 1980’s. They’ve gone from cookie-cutter patterns to intricate replicas of natural stones, at a fraction of the cost and upkeep requirements. This application is great for transforming driveways, courtyards, patios, walkways and any other concrete surface. 

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Sun Safety Tips for Upcoming School Days and Sun Rays

August 5, 2011 5:05 pm

Sun protection doesn’t stop with the end of summer and, an online retailer of sun protective products since 1997, would like to remind parents that it is important to give children a lesson in year-round sun protection. As children head back to school, they need to be protected against exposure to dangerous UV rays. Sun exposure can occur during recess, physical education classes, field trips and fall sport activities. And, it is important to remember that children are also exposed to UV rays as they walk to and from school. 

Sun protection has no season and while skin cancer in children is rare, many skin cancers take years to develop. UVB rays will lessen during the winter months, but harmful UVA rays will be in full force all year long. Sun protection products should be on the back-to-school supply list because one severe childhood sunburn doubles the chance of developing melanoma later in life. offers these sun safety tips:
• Teach children to search out shaded areas for playtime activities. The sun’s rays are especially intense between 10 am and 2 pm.
• In the morning, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays to exposed skin. If the school permits, teach your children to reapply the sunscreen at school before they head outside for recess.
• Don’t rely only on sunscreen. Sun protective clothing and sun hats with broad brims offer much more protection.
• Have your children wear sunglasses when outside. Make sure they block 99 percent or more of UV radiation.
• Lead by example. Parents should be good role models and practice sun safety themselves.
It is important for children to be educated about the dangers of excessive sun exposure. Sunburn can be prevented and sun safety measures should become part of a daily regime. 

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Question of the Day

August 5, 2011 5:05 pm

Q: What are the benefits of having a co-op?
A: In addition to being able to take advantage of tax deductions, the National Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC) says shareholders will find that co-ops have low turnover rates, lower real estate tax assessments, reduced maintenance costs, resident participation and control, and the ability to prevent absentee and investor ownership.

Also attractive: housing cooperatives come in all shapes, sizes, and types. They include townhouses, mid-and high-rise apartments, garden apartments, single-family homes, mobile home parks, artists’ cooperatives, and senior housing. 

For more information about co-ops contact NAHC at (202) 737-0797, or log on to

Time to Plant for Fall

August 5, 2011 3:35 pm

Now that most of summer’s produce is here, or well on its way, it’s time to start planning your garden for fall. Below are some hardy things to plant now for a full fall harvest.

1. Broccoli. Plant at the end of summer but well before the first frost, about 10 weeks.

2. Cauliflower. Plant in rich soil and be sure to water well.

3. Lettuce. Be sure to shade new seedlings from the afternoon sun.

4. Spinach. This hardy veggie lasts well into winter. Plant at least 5 weeks before first frost.

5. Cabbage. Not everyone is a cabbage fan, but this vegetable does well in cooler temps. Be sure to keep soil wet and the young plants shaded from too much sun.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Is Not Just a Cold Weather Risk

August 5, 2011 3:35 pm

Back-to-back carbon monoxide incidents within one week of each other reaffirm what safety officials keep telling citizens: the risk of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning is not only a danger linked to cold weather and furnaces.

In both emergencies, faulty rental water heaters were the source of the deadly carbon monoxide gas.

Safety expert Carol Heller offers these CO summer safety tips:

1. Have all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually by a licensed professional. Boaters with watercrafts that have sleeping quarters, generators and/or inboard gas engines should also have annual inspections.
2. Replace carbon monoxide alarms every 7 years, per CSA certification. CO alarms from other manufacturers must be replaced every 5 years.
3. Replace batteries in CO alarms at least once annually
4. Consider purchasing CO alarms that have a digital display, which will alert you before harmful levels of the invisible gas are reached
5. Install CO alarms on watercraft that have sleeping quarters, generators and/or inboard gas engines. And remember, the boat moored next to you could also be a source of CO so stay safe in any marine situation.
6. If your CO alarm sounds, evacuate immediately and call 911.

What Homeowners Need to Know about Summer Mold Danger

August 5, 2011 3:35 pm

It's summertime! The sun is shining, the weather is warm. Who's thinking about mold? American Leak Detection says that if homeowners are not thinking about mold, they should be. Summer's heat and humidity—especially when combined with an undetected or untreated leak—can set the stage for mold to flourish. 

"The best way to deal with indoor mold is to prevent it in the first place," says American Leak Detection President Bill Palmer. "That means you need to recognize the signs that you may have a leak, and locate and repair the leak promptly. Undetected leaks can allow mold to take hold, and that can create a health risk to you and your family and expensive damage to your home." 

Even without a leak, mold can flourish when summer's downpours and steamy weather cause heat and humidity to raise moisture levels in basements, crawl spaces, closets and other enclosed, dark places. Palmer advises that if homeowners notice any of the following seven symptoms of a plumbing leak, they should take action promptly: 

1. The continuous sound of water (like a toilet running) when nothing is turned on.
2. The water meter reading changes when no water is being used. (Mark the indicator on the meter; don't use any water for an hour; then check the meter. If the indicator moved, there may be a leak.)
3. The water bill escalates over a period of weeks or months. (Compare bills month to month.)
4. The walls or floors have wet, spongy, moist or discolored areas when nothing has been spilled.
5. Foul odors coming from floors or walls near drains or sewers.
6. Cracks in the building foundation, uneven vegetation growth, or the earth shifts for no apparent reason.
7. Warm spots on the floor, particularly on concrete slab floors. 

If any of these signs are present, and the homeowner is unable to quickly identify and repair the leak, it's time to call in a specialist, like the leak detection experts at American Leak Detection. Their trained technicians specialize in minimally invasive leak detection to identify not only the source of the leak, but also its origin, which is critical in limiting property damage during repairs. 

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Word of the Day

August 5, 2011 3:35 pm

Deficiency judgment. Judgment issued against a borrower when the sale of foreclosed property does not bring in enough to pay the balance owed on the mortgage.

Question of the Day

August 5, 2011 3:35 pm

Q: What are co-ops?

A: Cooperative apartments – known as co-ops – are not really owned by people as real property. Instead, people own shares of stock in the company that owns the building in which they live. But for all practical purposes, the experts say owning a co-op is almost like owning real property. Personal loans to “buy” a co-op apartment are written almost like mortgages. And the IRS treats co-op owners much like real property owners. They can deduct interest paid on their apartment loans and on their portion of the municipal taxes and mortgage interest paid by the corporation.

Shareholders in a co-op are entitled to occupy specific units, use the common areas, and have a vote in the corporation. To maintain this right, they must pay a monthly fee that covers their share of operating expenses.

As for governance, a board of directors, which is elected from among the residents, runs the co-op. Under most bylaws, the board may evict any tenant/shareholder who fails to pay the monthly maintenance fee. Everyone is expected to abide by the rules, which may prohibit pets or even children under a certain age.

August Housekeeping Tips

August 4, 2011 5:35 pm

Keep your house fresh and cool through the hottest month of the year, and save a little money, with the following tips:

1. Line Dry. Take advantage of the warm weather and save energy by drying your clothes on a clothesline. Hanging clothes to dry can be a fun project with kids, and nothing beats sheets that smell like a summer breeze.

2. Collect Water. Watering plants and grass in the summer takes a ton of water. Make an eco-friendly move by placing rain buckets outside to collect water from a summer storm.

3. Make Shade. Your AC unit will have less work to do if you make your home cooler naturally. Smart landscaping—more trees, shrubs and vines—can shade your home from the outside. Additionally, retractable or removable awnings—attached to the outside of your windows—can have huge cooling benefits. Blinds and shades can do the trick as well, and of course, if financially feasible, an energy efficient roof (one with an Energy Star rating) can offset heat by reflecting light.

4. Limit electronics. You don’t realize it, but even small electronics generate heat, not to mention use power even when off. Unplug things like powerstrips, lamps, cell phone chargers and small appliances (toaster, blenders, etc.) when not in use to score cool and cost-friendly results.

5. Smart Cooking. When the temperatures are soaring, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven—which makes your AC work harder than necessary. Score some outdoor family fun by using your grill, and when you need to use the stovetop, keep pots and pans covered to retain heat.

Avoid a Kitchen Reno Disaster with These Helpful Hints

August 4, 2011 5:35 pm

Whether homeowners are trying to sell their house or simply would like to make some improvements, TouchStone Kitchen and Baths, a kitchen and bath design and installation company, provides consumers with the seven key questions to ask any contractor before they begin any renovation this summer.
“For most homeowners, a major kitchen remodel is a once in a lifetime experience,” says Carl Smith, President of TouchStone Kitchens and Baths. “A kitchen is the nerve center of a home and if a renovation is not handled properly it can be disruptive and stressful, to say the least. It is important to choose a company that has the ability to both balance form and function in the design and complete the project professionally in consonance with the homeowner’s lifestyle and desires,” Smith continues. 

To make remodeling a kitchen, bathroom or other area of a home less stressful and more streamlined, from the first little ideas to the final masterpiece, Smith suggests consumers use these questions and answers to make an informed, cost effective, and hassle-free decision about whom they hire:
1. Insurance: How is the contractor insured?

Some contractors operate with little or no insurance coverage policies?

If there is a worker injury, a homeowner injury or a construction mishap, the liability may fall on the homeowner. 

2. Manufacturer Warranty: Is it possible to prevent the warranty from being voided?

Product manufacturers offer warranties for the products they sell, but if they have been abused or improperly installed there is no coverage. Proper training and experience by professional installers insures that all warranties will be honored. 

3. Updated Showroom: Can I see how my kitchen might look and feel before we start the work?

When you are considering products and services for a kitchen remodel it is reassuring to be able to go to a showroom that has all of the products available to touch and see to verify the quality and durability. 

4. Creative Designing: Will this contractor find the perfect blend of creativity and technical considerations?

Every kitchen remodel begins with the design or blue print for the project.

Everyone wants a beautiful end result, but it is important to make sure the kitchen will also function. 

5. Financial Stability: Will the contractor be able to complete the work?

Some contractors will rely on the homeowner’s deposit, sometimes up to half the cost of the job, and still lack the financial fortitude and strength to complete the job before they get any other payments. It becomes essential to understand that the company can complete the kitchen, on schedule, even though the final payment is paid upon completion. 

6. Accountability and Trust: How do I know I can trust this contractor?

From the first telephone call, you’ll want to be confident that the contractor is easily reachable. Upfront, you need to know how the work is going to be completed and if there are any hidden costs. 

7. The Design and Build Process: How can I be sure that the contractor has my best interest in mind?

From concept to completion, homeowners are a part of the entire process. Ask for references and talk to previous clients to feel comfortable with your decision.

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