How Rain Gardens Work [And Why You Need One]

How Rain Gardens Work [And Why You Need One]

Gardening isn't just about planting flowers anymore.  

In fact, your garden has taken on an enormous amount of responsibility over the past decade.  

We know that fresh organic produce grown in your garden can lower your exposure to chemicals and save you money at the grocery store.  

We've also recently learned that incorporating the the right mix of flowers can help prevent the extinction of pollenators.  

Now, your garden can also help you lower the likelihood of a flooded basement, fight pollution, and replenish groundwater supplies. 

Insulation: An Ideal Improvement for Home Sellers

Written by Gary Ashton Gary Ashton REALTOR®
The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Advantage

Before selling a home, owners usually want to create a comfortable atmosphere in the house that exudes happiness and efficiency. This may require a few home improvements to confirm that the home meets buyer expectations. The good news is that adding insulation in the attic and home exterior is often an excellent choice with a good return on investment.


How Is Insulation Important?

“Paying more for energy is a great idea!”, said no one ever. Most homeowners rely on a furnace to heat their homes in winter, and an air conditioner or heat pump to cool it down in the summer. There are several systems within the home that can make this process easier or more difficult to achieve. Insulation acts as a vital barrier between the outdoor temperature and inside. The better the insulation, the more that the home can keep heated air inside when it is cold, and outside if it’s hot. Homes that do not have adequate insulation may need to run the furnace or air conditioner more frequently, which costs
more money and can decrease the lifespan of the equipment.


Why Do Buyers Expect Quality Insulation?

There are two reasons that buyers want a home with great insulation. First, homes that need more insulation may have parts of the home that are particularly drafty or cold in the winter. This is especially true for houses that also have problems with air leaks. Second, buyers prefer homes that can feature a greater degree of efficiency and energy savings — and while improvements like solar panels may be too costly for some, insulation can appeal to any buyer. When there is not enough insulation, the furnace or air conditioner could run all day without making the home ideally comfortable. Owners could even
consider replacing the furnace or air conditioner, when doing so would cost thousands of dollars more and might not completely solve the problem. With the right amount of insulation, the home may actually feel better without using quite as much energy for heating and cooling.

Does Insulation Need to Be Replaced?


Every home is a little bit different, so what works for one homeowner might not be exactly the same for another. However, the truth is that many homes can support the addition of insulation without having to remove what is already there. If the existing insulation is in good condition overall, it may save money and time to consider simply having a professional increase the insulation to meet the current guidelines for the climate region. Some types of insulation, such as spray foam insulation, are designed to minimize or solve for faults in the home exterior, as well. An expert can help determine which insulation is best for any given home.

Is Insulation a Valuable Home Improvement?

Most people gearing up to sell a home do not have unlimited home improvement budgets, and this is where insulation really gets an opportunity to shine. Gutting the kitchen and rebuilding it may certainly look flashy, but it costs a great deal of money to accomplish.  By comparison, adding insulation may cost less and greatly improve the comfort and efficiency of the entire home. As a result, increasing the insulation is often regarded as a home improvement that may actually raise the home’s resale value by more
than its cost. This helps to save money for other upgrades that buyers also want to see.


When thinking about the best home improvements to make before selling, the choices with the best value may not be visible to potential buyers. With better insulation, the home will be more efficient and feel more temperate to buyers when they come to see the home. An investment that yields an excellent result and a nice increase in the possible sale price.

Nashville REALTOR ®, Gary Ashton started in his career in real estate sales in 2001, and quickly became part of the top 1% of REALTORS ® in the country. His team has also become the #1 real estate team with RE/MAX Advantage, which consists of more than 80 Nashville REALTORS ®. 

Since 2001, Gary has focused his attention on gaining a strong internet presence, and on refining his sales and marketing process to generate enough leads to keep more than 80 full-time buyer's agents happy.

Project Spotlight: The Episcopal Church at Princeton University | Procter House

Project Spotlight:  The Episcopal Church at Princeton University | Procter House

The Episcopal Church at Princeton University's Procter House has been the home of both the Chaplain and the Chaplaincy since its purchase in 1928.  Located on the corner of Dickinson Street and University Place in Princeton, the Procter House is directly across from Princeton University's Foulke Hall.  

In addition to its private residences, Procter House serves students from Princeton University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Westminster Choir College at a variety of services and events.  

5 Important Reasons To Get A Home Energy Audit

5 Important Reasons To Get A Home Energy Audit

A home energy assessment, also known as a home energy audit, assesses how your home loses or wastes energy and what measures you can take to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. An assessment will show you problems that may, when corrected, will have a dramatic effect on your home’s overall comfort and will save you significant amounts of money over time.


New Jersey Insulation Incentives

New Jersey Insulation Incentives

Get up To $4,000 in cash-back rebates and up to $15,000 in incentive financing to install today's energy-efficient products in your home.

Apply up to $19,000 worth of financial incentives towards improving the comfort of your home while lowering seasonal heating and cooling costs.  Cash-back incentives in the amount of $2,000, $3,000, or $4,000 help you save money and extend your home improvement dollars.  Incentive financing totaling $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000 give you comfortable payment options to meet your needs and your budget.

$1.3 Million Worth of Home Improvement Incentives Uncovered for Summit Homeowners

$1.3 Million Worth of Home Improvement Incentives Uncovered for Summit Homeowners

The program, dubbed the Summit Home Energy Insight program, easily accomplishing its goal of performing one hundred home energy audits, delighted its 100th participant with a gift basked comprised of energy efficient products.  

To date, the program has helped residents of Summit uncover more than $1.3 million dollars worth of incentives available through the New Jersey Home Performance with Energy Star program for home improvement upgrades.

Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade Your Home's Insulation

Ciel's Home Performance Consultants offer an insider's look on why Ciel's customers are upgrading their home's insulation.

Architect Gary Rosard Nails Sustainability

Architect Gary Rosard Nails Sustainability

While most architects are incorporating energy-efficiency into their designs as an afterthought, there is an increasing number of architects who are incorporating green design techniques utilizing a “whole house approach” to energy-efficiency in the developments, additions, and renovations they design.  Known for comfortable modern homes and stunning interior design, Gary Rosard designs projects from his office on Millburn Avenue in Millburn, New Jersey. 

Why Is My Addition Always Cold? Five Ways To Improve The Comfort of Your Addition

Why Is My Addition Always Cold?  Five Ways To Improve The Comfort of Your Addition

For those who have a great room, kitchen addition, or bathroom addition, fall is often the beginning of a long stretch of comfort issues – no amount of space heating, blankets, or extra sweaters seem to provide the comfort necessary to truly enjoy these newer spaces.  That's why we dove deep into our bench of experts to find the top five causes of comfort issues in new additions; and what can be done to  improve comfort in your home's addition.  We've prioritized the recommendations from least invasive/difficult to most invasive/difficult, but one thing's for sure – these improvements, when installed, will have a dramatic impact on the overall comfort of these spaces.


National Energy Awareness Month; Spotlight on Energy-Efficient Home Heating Systems

National Energy Awareness Month; Spotlight on Energy-Efficient Home Heating Systems

Chances are, if you live in a home with an outdated heating system, the idea of colder winter months approaching is actually scarier than October's spookiest night.  Leaks  and clanking aplenty, keeping comfortable is a nightmare, and the constant maintenance required to keep the unit running is downright horrifying.  In New Jersey, and other states throughout the country, however, there's really nothing to fear.  Both in New Jersey and other states, there are programs that have truly taken the fear out of October by offering amazing incentives that are well worth the trip outside your comfort zone and into the realm of energy-efficiency.   

Top 5 Reasons To Get a Home Energy Audit

A Ciel Home Energy Audit may only take a few hours, but this first step towards additional comfort, energy-efficiency, and lower operating costs make it rival those of almost any other home improvement pursuit.  From Martha Stewart, to Consumer Reports magazine and the US Department of Energy, a home energy audit is on the short list of every industry professional.