CONSUMER BLOG
Follow us:
By : Preston Guyton, 07-27-2017
Tips for Selling a Home with a Solar Lease
 Milennial buyers currently make up the largest segment of prospective home buyers in the US, and are very interested in eco-friendly homes. Homes on the market with an existing solar panel lease should be marketed effectively to capitalize on this demand. 
Tips for Selling a Home with a Solar Lease

The ability to live a greener lifestyle is at the top of the list for more prospective home buyers than ever before. This is, in part, due to millennial buyers, who currently make up the largest segment of prospective home buyers in the United States.

Known for being environmentally aware, technologically astute, and value conscious, millennial buyers are often drawn to homes that offer the green features and environmentally friendly materials and options they desire. Therefore, homeowners who are selling homes with features like solar panel leases will want to make sure they are marketing them effectively to increase their chances of capturing this interest.  

Energy Savings Can Help Fuel Market Appeal 

In addition to the desire to shrink the home's carbon footprint, rising utility costs across the nation continue to fuel buyer interest in all types of energy savings features and options. Because of this, homeowners with solar panel leases are in an excellent position to market them favorably, even though the lease itself can be tricky to navigate.
 
Dealing Effectively with Solar Panel Lease Questions from Buyers 

Selling a home with any type of unique feature, such as a solar panel lease, can create questions in the minds of prospective purchasers. Sellers who can provide answers to these questions, supported by valid information are more likely to overcome any buyer hesitation that may exist and increase the odds of getting a good offer on their home. Effective ways for providing these answers during the marketing of a home with a solar panel lease include:

  • providing documentation that clearly shows how the solar panels provide a cost savings for the homeowner, such as showcasing a year of pre-solar energy bills for the home, along with those from a more recent twelve-month period when solar power was in use
  • providing a packet of detailed information about the solar panel lease, including the date of installation, the installing company, terms, service plan information, and any applicable warranties or exclusions 
  • providing information to help prospective buyers understand that the value offered by the solar panels on the home should continue to increase as energy costs and utility bills continue to rise
In addition to providing this type of information, sellers should also be able to offer prospective buyers helpful information about purchasing a home with a solar panel lease, such as the Energy Efficient Mortgage, offered through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). This loan offers affordable financing options to buyers who want to buy a home with solar power that may be costlier to purchase than another home without solar power options. 

Buying Out the Solar Panel Lease Agreement

Sellers who find themselves unable to get suitable offers on a home equipped with leased solar panels can also consider buying out the lease agreement to make their home more marketable. This is often the best choice when prospective buyers are interested in purchasing the home and want to enjoy the benefits of solar power, but are not willing or able to undergo the credit qualification process or take on existing debt with the solar panel leasing company. 

The Actual Value of Solar Panels 

Since any buyer taking over an active solar panel lease agreement will need to qualify for credit with the solar panel leasing company, sellers may find it easier to market their home by offering to buy out the lease agreement in return for receiving a higher purchase offer on their home. When contemplating this type of situation, home sellers will need to make sure that both they and their buyers are aware of and in agreement on the actual value represented by the existing solar panels.

It is also important to remember that this additional value will need to be documented and supported by any home appraisal process that is used as part of the buyer's financing. The good news is the Federal National Mortgage Association are now actively supporting appraisal policy changes to analyze the potential for added value in homes equipped with solar panels. 

Looking for a realtor experienced with solar leases? Try using EZBZ - the free concierge service. We'll help you find and compare realtors in your area that match what you're looking for. Download the EZBZ app or call us on 1-855-461-8619 to get started. 

Download the EZBZ App for free

Download the EZBZ App for free
0 COMMENTS
Share on
By : Brendan Mitchell, 07-13-2017
Meet the Terrifying Pest that Lives in Your Backyard
The Asp Caterpillar may look cute, but it's sting can result in hours of severe pain and even a trip to the hospital. Learn more about how you can identify and avoid this vicious pest by clicking here.
Meet the Terrifying Pest that Lives in Your Backyard

Small-bodied and slow moving, the Asp Caterpillar seems harmless. Covered in fluffy hair, you may even think it looks cute. But appearances can be deceiving.

You see, hiding within the Asp’s wavy hair are dozens of small spines, each one functioning like a hypodermic needle. These spines are attached to glands filled with venom, and the moment they touch your skin they immediately start injecting the toxin. And their poison packs a punch.

The AACC calls it "one of the most toxic caterpillars in North America."

There are countless online reports of Asp Caterpillar stings resulting in hours of “severe pain” and trips to the emergency room. An entomologist from the University of Florida once described the sting he received from a baby Asp as “a deep aching pain [that] goes all the way to the bone,” and some victims have still felt pain several days after being stung.   The AACC calls it “one of the most toxic caterpillars in North America.”  

In short, the Asp caterpillar is terrifying.

If you’re a resident of a southeastern State, the threat of the Asp is also very real.  That’s why we put together this forensic profile of the nasty little critter. The information below might just save you from a night of extreme pain.

What is it?

The Asp Caterpillar is the larval form of the Southern Flannel Moth
The Asp Caterpillar is the larval form of the Southern Flannel Moth
The Asp Caterpillar, also known as the Puss caterpillar, is the larval form of the Southern Flannel Moth (Megalopyge opercularis). They resemble a “teardrop-shaped tuft of cotton”, and their long, silky hair is typically colored white, tan, or reddish-brown. At maturity, the caterpillar is 1 to 1.5 inches long with seven pairs of legs towards the rear of its body. Once the Caterpillar has transformed into a moth it is no longer venomous.

Where do they live?

Asp Caterpillars are typically only found in the south-east, particularly in Texas, Florida, and Louisiana. They live in trees and bushes, so can typically be found in your garden, yard, or local park. Asps love to feed on oak, maple, elm and sycamore trees, and have been known to fall from high branches on to passersby. They are especially abundant from September to November.

Sting Treatment?

While reactions to envenomation by an Asp vary, symptoms typically include swelling, burning, severe pain, nausea and headache. Hemorrhagic papules will also usually appear on the skin.

The first thing you should do if you suspect you’ve been stung by an Asp is clean the wound with soap and water and remove any spines still attached to the skin. Adhesive tape is an effective method for removing spines. Applying an ice pack to the wound will help reduce pain and swelling, as will a hydrocortisone cream. Oral antihistamine medication can also help.  

If the pain is very intense you might require further treatment. If you are having trouble breathing you should seek medical attention immediately, as you could be going in to anaphylactic shock.

How do I keep my yard Asp-free?

Most pest control experts recommend hand-picking as the first method to employ when wanting to remove Asps (or any other caterpillar) from your yard. You need to avoid direct skin contact, so don’t forget to don thick rubber gloves before touching an Asp. It’s a good idea to put the caterpillars you collect in a bucket of soap water, before disposing of the water directly down the drain. Afterwards, clean the gloves you used carefully as there may be some loose spines stuck to the rubber. 

There are other methods recommended by professional pest control experts for removing caterpillars, but they vary depending on the company you hire. 

If you'd like to find a local pest control expert that can help, try using EZBZ – the free concierge service. Our concierge team can help you find and compare reputable pest control companies in your area. Try it out today by downloading the EZBZ app or by calling us on 1855-461-8619 for a local recommendation.

Download the EZBZ app for free

Download the EZBZ app for free
Tags : Home
0 COMMENTS
Share on
By : Fulda Kocher, 03-02-2017
Secret Alley Garden: How I Transformed an Abomination in to Splendor
Fulda Kocher from Best Boca Raton Landscaping writes about how they recently transformed an overgrown alley in their building in to a beautiful garden. Click here to learn more. 
Secret Alley Garden: How I Transformed an Abomination in to Splendor


Fulda Kocher from Best Boca Raton Landscaping writes about how they recently transformed an overgrown alley in their building in to a beautiful garden.

When visiting my son in the city, my suburban bulldog needed greenery for peeing. Solution: the ground floor weedy alley off a 16-car garage.  As she did her duty, I observed the premises. Being a constant gardener is a hard habit to break. So, when I moved to the first floor of said son’s building, a transformation of the abominable alley was a natural. It had become my walkway to the garage.

Inventory of assets: a fabulous old brick wall; facing the wall, a structural indentation that begged for a small deck. Drawbacks: a narrow 12’x20’ space, a far end fire escape ladder requiring an 8’ emergency access, a crumbling concrete floor and limited sun. Solution: go vertical, plant pots, use an old outdoor rug for floor cover.

 With a symmetrical plan, three substantial metal plant troughs, evenly spaced, were attached to the main wall section as the focal point. A search of Pier One Imports landed a bronzed metal sun. Above the middle trough, it’s warmly perched. On each side of the sun, two hoarded (but fancy) wrought iron embellishments serve to accentuate it. Down the far-right wall, near the escape, a lintel rescued from a dumpster adorns a bricked-in window. This is the view from my bathroom window.

 Fulda Kochers Garden
Fulda Kocher’s finished alley-garden.

Then, to ground level. Below the sun, I flipped a wrought iron table base upside down and filled the space with old metal baskets lined with cocoa fiber and dirt for a planter. Arranging it with ferns, coleus and Solomon’s Seal, I added annuals at whim. I painted two trashed plastic nursery bins for huge hyrdrangea trees below two metal wall accents. Smaller perennials at various heights filled in the effect with lots of foliage, all from sale finds I made when scoping out nurseries. Mixed leaf colors and textures keep a lively presentation yet the consistency of the plants anchors the scene. Colorful coleus amp up as flowers fade. Hardy Hosta plants stay steadily profuse. An ornamental evergreen and large rhododendron are stoic. A climbing rose and a rose tree are surprisingly robust when nourished and watered faithfully. They fill in the blanks. 

Toward the garage door, far alley end: On each side, two tall wrought iron chairs hold potted dogwood trees from Kmart. High above each tree are arched “windows” (wood, metal, mirrored) lend an architectural vibe. When entering the garden, a quality fabric peacock windmill twirls on a tall deck pole, welcoming like a pet. I’m smitten.  

Looking for a landscaper to transform your garden? Try using EZBZ – the free concierge. You can post a request on our app or website, or call us toll-free for a local recommendation on 1-855-461-8619.
2 COMMENTS
Looks wonderful!
Donny Mathews
03-19-2017
I like this alot!
Donny Mathews
03-19-2017
Share on
By : Karen Lasser, 10-01-2015
5 Fantastic Reasons to Hire Tree Services
Most home owners who have trees in their compounds think that they can handle all the yard work by themselves, including such tasks as planting, trimming and tree removal among others. However, these tasks are quite complex and it’s of utmost importance that expert help be sought. Here are 5 awesome reasons why you should hire tree services professionals.
5 Fantastic Reasons to Hire Tree Services

Most home owners who have trees in their compounds think that they can handle all the yard work by themselves, including such tasks as planting, trimming and tree removal among others. However, these tasks are quite complex and it’s of utmost importance that expert help be sought. Here are 5 awesome reasons why you should hire tree services professionals.

You can enhance your safety

Working on trees is definitely a dangerous task and you cannot risk working on them by your own. It may lead to serious injuries or even death. Massive destruction can also be caused especially when the trees that you are trimming are located next to houses or electric lines. Chances of being caught in an electric shock are real. By hiring an experienced professional to work on your trees, you can reduce the amount of risk that you expose yourself to. You also ensure that you don’t get hurt by falling trees. A tree services expert understands how to deal with potential risks and avoid putting yourself in a dangerous situation.

You can avoid destruction by working with the pros

Falling trees can be a serious risk to your buildings. If tree branches fall on your roof, there is a likelihood that damage worth thousands of dollars will be caused. With their level of skill and experience, tree service experts know how to handle any kind of tree removal chore without causing damage to adjacent properties.

They offer an exceptional level of expertise

Removing unhealthy parts of a tree calls for high level of skill and expertise. If you do it on your own, the probability of recurrence is quite high. It takes a skilled and experienced tree service professional to ensure that the rights parts of a tree is removed effectively. Nonetheless, this task requires the use of specialized tools which you may not readily have in your home.

They are comprehensively insured

Comprehensive insurance cover is one of the reasons to hire tree services. Accidents are bound to occur and if the worst scenario happens, you can rest assured that you will not be forced to pay for repair expenses from your money. Whether it’s your property that has been destroyed or that of a neighbor, you can rest assured that the service provider’s insurance will be enough to meet the entire costs.

Improve the healthy of your trees

Can only guarantee that your trees will be in great health if you get the help of a tree service professional. If tree pruning is done well, it will definitely bring an infection. It’s only the experts who can have the level of comprehension that’s required to deal with every kind of tree.

However, when hiring a tree service expert, there are certain traits that you have to be on the lookout for. The level of experience which they have, training and insurance are some of the things that you should look out for. Those with specific experience in the kind of trees that are in your compound should be given priority. It’s also important to ensure that you are hiring a company that offers the best pricing when compared to other service providers.

If you'd like assistance with finding a reliable tress service company, you can always submit a request to www.myezbz.com!

1 COMMENTS
If I had a nickel for...
Crazy how many times a week I have to tell homeowners this, "Working on trees is definitely a dangerous task and you cannot risk working on them by your own." Well spoken in this article. Seriously...people just don't get it. They would rather risk dying than paying a few hundred dollars. I don't get it...
Wichita Tree
11-14-2016
Share on
By : Karen Lasser, 09-01-2015
Preparing For Fall Season Planting and Cleanup
Fall landscaping is essential to keep your garden healthy throughout the year. During the autumn months, there are some fundamental garden consideration tips worth remembering. Below are practical steps on preparing for fall season planting and cleanup. These tips are intended to help you have the most lovely garden and yard conceivable.
Preparing For Fall Season Planting and Cleanup
Fall landscaping is essential to keep your garden healthy throughout the year. During the autumn months, there are some fundamental garden consideration tips worth remembering. Below are practical steps on preparing for fall season planting and cleanup. These tips are intended to help you have the most lovely garden and yard conceivable. 

Removing weed and dead plants
The principal thing you will need to do is remove dead plants from the garden. These are the plants that flourished in the hotter summer months and are currently shriveled on the ground. By uprooting these plants the general appearance of your yard will enormously improve. 

During the removal process, you might also choose to plant new flowers and vegetables in your garden. Just be sure to select plants that are frost safe and be plan on having a covering for them during the evening if not hardy enough to sustain the temperature drops. Pruning during this time isn't recommended, as it exposes sections of plants unnecesarily to the elements. 

When you have the garden free from dead plants, you should then plan on raking or blowing the fallen leaves. This will be something you should do on a week by week basis; while some poeple refer to let leaves accumulate and clean all at the end, that only creates a potentially larger problem and exposes the ground underneath to gathering moisture and potential decay.

Uncovering Bulbs
Uncovering the bulbs and exposing them to sun is critical as they should be dry when they are put away for winter. On the off chance that you would prefer not to utilize herbicides for your yard you can utilize gas fire weeder as it is exceptionally viable as well. 

Mulching 
The winter climate is unforgiving for plants and for this reason mulch is recommended. The best time to mulch is directly after the first frost. Avoid doing this task earlier than that, as it risks promoting pest and disease issues. 

It is best to use 4 to 6 inches of mulch as it provides a sufficient insulation for weaker plants. Plants you kept in containers can be taken inside. You can cherish them blooming in your home as they won't resist the low temperatures of the winter. 

Watering and reseeding
One lesser known fact is that you ought to water your yard before the onset of winter. You should do that right before the first frost so as to protect the plants and the trees against the low temperatures of the winter season. In around a week, you will need to reseed your whole yard giving careful consideration to any exposed or yellow fixes that may turn up after you have done the preparing procedure. 

You should take your sprinkler system and wrap it well. Any watering that you may need to do in the winter months ought to be finished by hand with a separable hose. This will help you to counteract solidifying and having a sprinkler system that can bring about issues one year from now. There are numerous plants you can end up losing in the winter season on the off chance that you don't take the important measures for them to survive.

Something to remember amid this whole process is a few plants can't endure the frosty well. On the off chance that you are expecting a freeze anytime, make sure that you cover weaker plants with a warm cover or plant spread. Along these lines, you keep them looking incredible for the following season.

If you need help finding a lawn care company to assist with these fall tasks, you can always submit a free request to www.myezbz.com.
0 COMMENTS
Share on
By : Karen Lasser, 05-21-2015
The Perfect Landscaping to Compliment Your Pool
Creating an outdoor living space that perfectly blends the family pool into the landscape of the backyard can be done with appealing outdoor design elements. Pool owners can select from a variety of decorative and landscaping elements to set the desired impression, while maintaining the functionality and form of the pool and yard together.
The Perfect Landscaping to Compliment Your Pool
Creating an outdoor living space that perfectly blends the family pool into the landscape of the backyard can be done with appealing outdoor design elements. Pool owners can select from a variety of decorative and landscaping elements to set the desired impression, while maintaining the functionality and form of the pool and yard together. Below are some landscaping suggestions developed from conversations with landscapers in the EZBZ network.

One of the easiest ways to ensure your swimming pool blends with your backyard is through addition of natural elements such as stones of varying sizes and plants. Adding some shrubs and trees that are a safe distance from the swimming pool can add lushness and shade, while emphasizing the pool. Many landscapers also recommend planting annual and perennial flower beds all around the swimming pool as it provides color and fragrance, while better merging the pool with your backyard. Rocks and boulders can be used to circle flower beds. These elements additionally provide reference points for nighttime walks near the pool.

A sidewalk or walkway is a fantastic addition that is also recommended by many landscapers. The sidewalk or the walkway can be built from your back door right to the pool. Construction of this element can incorporate cobblestone, wooden boards, flagstone steps or other appealing materials. The walkway makes it easy for guide guests to the pool and also prevent grass and dirt from being tracked into the pool area.

For socializing around the pool area and creating a comfortable spot for taking breaks between swims, consider installing some seating places near the pool. Some fantastic additions include reclining seats, couches and lawn chairs. Each will enhance the beauty of your swimming pool for the guests and personal enjoyment. Remind your chosen landscapers to ensure they are properly positioned for safety and maitenance concerns, also to ensure they're properly secured should you live in a particularly windy area.

Lighting is another excellent addition to any pool area. With lighting installed, a pool can be used at any time of the day or night. Landscapers understand how to light up the pool water in ways to enhance the use as well as beauty. The professionals have the capacity and experience to install underwater lights of different colors and even different patterns. Such lighting will obviously make your pool appealing for all occasions.

Basic fences are a safety requirement in most areas, however many homeowners like to take fences a step further so they may enjoy their swimming pools out of view of neighbors. There are many alternatives available and your appointed landscaping professional can help you pick the best. Some owners have found installing a simple chain linked fence, dressed on either side with boxwood or thick shrubs makes an appealing solution.

Coming up with the perfect landscape design for your pool are should not be an exhaustive or difficult chore. By working with a skilled team, adding the appropriate plants, lighting and other numerous additions, you can easily create a highly desirable the swimming area, which adds value in the immediate term as well as for resale.

If you're ready to consult with an expert, or move forward with a landscaping design, consider submitting a request to www.myezbz.com. EZBZs network of highly skilled landscapers are ready to share brilliant ideas while taking into consideration your specific needs.
1 COMMENTS
Maintainng my Swimming pool carefully
I follow a blog about pool maintenance and its helps getting valuable tips and information that helps keeping my swimming pool leak-proof and well maintained.
Jennifer H.
09-18-2016
Share on
By : Karen Lasser, 05-21-2015
Special Care for Pool Liner Replacement
For readers fortunate to enjoy a swimming pool at their home, this time of year bring joy at the same time as added maintenance. One critical item to keep an eye on is the swimming pool liner, which is known to wear and require repair to keep the pool in pristine and safe swimming condition.
Special Care for Pool Liner Replacement
For readers fortunate to enjoy a swimming pool at their home, this time of year bring joy at the same time as added maintenance. One critical item to keep an eye on is the swimming pool liner, which is known to wear and require repair to keep the pool in pristine and safe swimming condition.

Swimming pool liners can fail for a number of reasons. Should this happen, it is important to hire a qualified provider to do a replacement of the pool liner immediately. This is done to ensure the pool is safeguarded against elements such as bad weather, the sun, algae, water chemicals and daily usage. Below are some of the aspects that could lead to damage of a pool liner and the need to take special care.

According to professionals in the EZBZ network, when vinyl liners age over time, they tend to lose their elasticity. This change is is mostly attributable to the weather conditions and the sun. Pool chemicals used to prevent growth of bacteria and algae also contribute to the deterioration. As liners wears over time, this deterioration weakens the strength of the line wall and ability for it to withstand the weight of the water. The end result is typically rips, large tears and peeling which appear at or above the water line.

EZBZ Experts skilled in pool maintenance advise that application of the wrong swimming pool chemicals or using amounts that exceed recommended limits greatly reduces the durability of a pool liner. As a result, the liner will become weak and thinner. Symptoms of excessive use of chemicals are faded color and brittle vinyl. When purchasing chlorine, make sure it is vinyl safe. Di-chlor chlorine is the one recommended for pools fitted with a liner for the simple reason that the chemical dissolves and does not adhere to the vinyl.

Improper installation is yet another contributing factor that can lead to the deterioration of the pool liner. Poor installation procedures applied by inexperienced or rushed pool service providers can easily void the warranty upon inspection. Most home owners tend to forget that the pool liner is not counted as structural parts of a pool. It is viewed as more of a cosmetic element that works as protective cover; its function by definition does not allow it to hold water pressure. Professionals skilled in pool maintenance usually advise their clients that a fitted liner should smoothly touch pool walls and the ground. Therefore, ensure the liner of your pool is stretched out and select the one with the right size that fits your pool. Poor or incorrect installation of a liner may only cause it to pop out or rip.

Punctures created by sharp objects also spoil a pool liner. Since liners are manufactured of soft and thin vinyl, it's important to remember not to expose it to pointed or sharp objects. Although accidents do occur without notice, its advisable to do everything possible to ensure sure your pool is properly cared for. Bear in mind that children playing and pets can also puncture a pool liner, as can the use of incorrect equipment. For instance, vinyl pools are not supposed to be cleaned using brushes with too hard bristles, that over time damage the vinyl liner. Always ensure you are using the appropriate pool equipment specifically designed for your swimming pool.  

If in the need of expert pool maintenance or repair, consider submitting a free request to www.myezbz.com, our network of pool providers will be happy to assist with any issue!

1 COMMENTS
Swimming pool maintenance
I live in an apartment at a posh location in Cape Town, and the builder has created a common swimming pool for all flat owners. It provides us a chance of meeting with neighbours and, we love swimming and taking to each other during leisure. Each one of us take full responsibility of pool maintenance, so we often call Mr.K. Khabane to inspect the pool, and provide pool relining services, if required.
Jennifer H.
09-18-2016
Share on
Close

A PHP Error was encountered

Severity: Notice

Message: Undefined variable: box

Filename: blogs/blog.php

Line Number: 284