You’ve made the decision to sell your home, you’ve got a buyer ready to purchase, and you’ve accepted their offer—the last thing you want is for something to go wrong with the inspection and have it negatively impact your appraisal, cause delays, or otherwise jeopardize the deal. Here are the top five things that can have a serious impact on the appraisal but are easy to be proactive about prior to putting your home on the market.
HVAC System: The average lifespan of a heating/cooling system is 12-15 years. How old is your HVAC unit? Have you noticed fluctuations in temperatures, stuffiness, or drafts? What’s the condition of your duct work? When was the last time you had your system serviced?
Electrical: Have you noticed any dimming or flickering in your lights, or any sparks when plugging or unplugging things. You might also consider upgrading any outlets located within six feet of water to ground circuit interrupter (GFI) outlets.
Roofing: How old is your roof? Are there any cracks, leaks, or missing shingles?
Mold: We live in an arid climate and while mold is not common, it can occur and it’s best to get a mold inspection to make sure there isn’t any lurking in dark spaces, not only for your inspection, but also for the health and wellbeing of you and your family.
Windows and Doors: Are they operating correctly? Do they have any visible defects? Make sure that all caulking and weather stripping are in good repair.
For proven expertise in establishing your home value and/or searching for a new or existing home, please call Jan at: (303) 520-4340.
Something exciting is now available in Brighton. Trinity Orthodontics recently purchased Dr. Sabott’s orthodontic office on 4th Avenue. Dr. Sabott is staying on as an associate, and all the things patients love about the office will remain the same. Dr. Bryan Nelson, orthodontist and owner of Trinity Orthodontics also has offices in Arvada, Thornton and Broomfield. Dr. Nelson brings advanced digital case planning and management to the Brighton marketplace. This means patients can affordably get a perfect smile, in a short amount of time, using clear removable aligners.
Dr. Nelson has been in practice since 1993 and is a pioneer and expert in digital case planning. He started using computer aided treatment planning years ago; before Invisalign was popular. As Invisalign made advancements and perfected treatment with aligners, Dr. Nelson partnered with them. He’s now treating most of his cases with Invisalign, with incredible results, in just 12-16 months! The Trinity F.A.S.T. System – Fewer Appointments Straight Teeth, reduces the soft costs and time o needed for treatment. Using virtual appointments, Dr. Nelson can manage patients with minimal in-person appointments, yet with remarkable results. This method is Covid-19 friendly and Trinity practices social distancing and all CDC safety guidelines for in-person appointments.
For a limited time Trinity is offering $1,500 of full Invisalign treatment! This is the biggest discount ever offered. Trinity Orthodontics Brighton is here to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. We look forward to meeting you!
When a person turns 65 and already has health insurance, it can be really complicated to figure out what is required when you’re looking at Medicare.
You might have another type of health coverage like Employer Health Coverage, Retiree Coverage, COBRA, VA Benefits or an individual health plan when you turn 65. Each plan comes with a different set of rules and it’s important to understand your particular situation.
First, let’s talk about the term “credible coverage.” Medicare uses this term for your “other” types of health insurance. If you don’t have credible coverage, you need to have Medicare Parts A, B & D to avoid unwanted penalties.
Credible coverage is insurance that can take the place of Medicare without you incurring a penalty. There seems to be one main form of credible coverage in the eyes of Medicare. This is the employer coverage you have from either your own or your spouse’s active employment (one of you is still working).
Not all employer health plans are credible but most are. It is best to check with your HR department to confirm.
If coverage is not credible, then you would need to have both Medicare Parts A, B & D in place to avoid incurring a penalty later in life.
If you have the following types of health coverage, you will also need Medicare in place to avoid a penalty on Parts B & D: most COBRA plans, Retiree Coverage, Veterans Administration benefits, or Individual Health Insurance.
An interesting point, although VA benefits are not credible coverage for Part B, they are credible coverage for Part D.
I’m happy to help you sort out your personal options.
One of the most common conversations I’ve had in recent days is that people feel as if they’re in a seemingly never ending state of “not knowing”. Not knowing how to move forward with their business, not knowing what’s best for their children when it comes to going back to school, not knowing how long we’ll be living in a fear of contracting coronavirus, or not knowing how or with whom we’ll improve the condition of our country. For those of us who like to plan ahead, we’re grinding our gears in an effort to plan much further than tomorrow.
Something else that’s universally agreed upon is that we’re tired of living in this chaos. So what do we do to find clarity in our lives during these chaotic times? For me, it’s always helpful to create a routing of activities no matter how they differ from earlier days. This eliminates the constant effort to figure out what to do daily. You can accomplish so much more this way. And, if circumstances continue changing, you’ll know how to adjust next time.
Also understanding we can only live one day at a time makes it easier to not enlarge the big ball of loose ends from this “not knowing period”. Celebrating accomplishments, no matter how small, makes every one of these days seem like building blocks to our eventual more secure future.
These “for what it’s worth” comments will hopefully offer some consolation you’re not alone in these thoughts and we’re all struggling together!
Offered by: Scott & Lora Nordby – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
For many, buying or selling a home will count as one of the most important financial decisions of their lives. Most everyone can agree that 2020 is one of the most unpredictable years that anyone can remember. The local real estate market started out hot early in the year but slowed to a crawl during the early days of the pandemic. There were still plenty of transactions happening, however, many people stayed in hover-mode while we watched the changes in the economy play out.
While the Colorado “Safe at Home” order was in place, there was speculation about the potential fallout of the pandemic in the real estate market. For many people, the fear of a 2008-like crash was concerning enough to keep them out of the market. However, by June, as things began to reopen, there were still major signs of life as buyers and sellers scrambled to get their homes bought and sold quickly. What people are finding is that there is still record low inventory, competitive bid situations, and higher listing prices in almost every price range.
What does that mean for those who are waiting or uncertain about whether the time is right to make a move? It means that it’s never been more important to talk with a REALTOR® who is available to assist and knowledgeable about the current market conditions. A full-time, active real estate professional will be adept at handling multiple-bid scenarios. ey will also be adept at keeping your transaction on track so you can have the peace of mind, knowing you’ve got someone you trust representing your best interests.
If you’re considering buying or selling a home, call us at 303-905-8850. We’ll make sure you talk with someone who is knowledgeable about real estate and your neighborhood so you can make the decisions that are best for your family.
Offered by: City of Brighton Communications Office
After years in the making, Ken Mitchell Open Space in West Brighton has officially opened to the public. e opening marks the completion of the section of the Colorado Front Range Trail that runs through the 600-acre open space and regional park, completing the 3.5-mile section of trail from Highway 7 south to E-470. Visitors will be able to enjoy the new soft and concrete trails that span the open space, alongside the natural landscape and abundant wildlife that call the area home. is now completes the Front Range Trail connecting Brighton to Denver.
The Colorado Front Range Trail is part of short and longterm improvements to the open space. For years, Ken Mitchell Open Space has played an essential role in the area by preserving the natural resources and wildlife of the South Platte River corridor. It has also provided trails, open space, and parks for the residents of Brighton and Adams County. In 1988, the City of Brighton purchased a majority of Ken Mitchell Open Space that consisted of three gravel mining cells and an operator’s quarry yard from the local company, Ready Mix Concrete. An agreement between the company and the City led to the creation of 4,000 acre-feet of water augmentation storage and public open space.
Open space rules (i.e. no rearms, hunting, camping, swimming, boating, etc.) apply, so please look for posted signage. Pets will be restricted from some trails. Fishing is permitted on the entire lake where there is currently a fishing dock. At this time, other lakes in the area are not open to the public for fishing or recreation. Visitor hours are from dawn until dusk.
Vehicle parking is available at four trail access points: Ken Mitchell parking lot (899 Kinglet Court), Veterans Park (405 West Bridge Street), Colorado Park (254 Miller Avenue), and the parking lot of of Southern St. west of Miller Ave.
Future plans for Ken Mitchell Open Space include converting the historic Aichelman Farmhouse into a visitor and nature center. In addition, the City’s Open Space division is pursuing grant funding to build a parking lot for the Aichelman House property that will be turned into a main entry point, and is expected to be completed in the next couple of years.
Opportunities for a Volunteer Ranger Program will soon be available. If you are interested in signing up or have any questions, please contact Kyle Sylvester, City of Brighton Open Space Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-655-2089.
Offered by: Premier Pediatrics – Janine Lechleitner C.P.N.P.
Back to school time is always bitter sweet. It signals the end of lazy (hopefully) sunny days and fun times with our children. This year, however, also brings added anxiety compared to previous years. How will school look for our children this year?
This year parental involvement will be more important than ever to the academic success of our children whether they are in school or at home. Studies have linked parental involvement with improved child behavior, regular school attendance, improved academic achievement, and an overall positive attitude of children toward school.
Whether our children admit it or not, being an involved parent will make them aware of how much you care about their education. Being involved helps our children know that they can come to us as parents when they face challenges at school be it an academic challenge or challenges with peers.
Children do model adult behaviors, and when children see parents actively participating in their education they will hopefully realize the importance of education. Parental involvement can boost a child’s self-esteem, motivation, and discipline. Ultimately parental involvement helps children to develop into happy, productive, and responsible members of society.
While school this year may look different than it did at the beginning of last year, the importance of parental involvement does not change. In fact, parental involvement will be all the more crucial. So please, whether your child is physically back in class or continues online learning, stay involved in their education!
Now more than ever, we all share the need for comprehensive medical care, including eye care, made possible through local doctors accepting health insurance plans.
Family Eyecare of Brighton, a family owned and operated practice, has served the Brighton community for over 25 years. During this time, we have witnessed local and national economic downturns and hardships making this participation even more critical. Individuals often must make the difficult decision to find a new Eye Doctor because of changes to their insurance benefits or providers accepting their plans.
We made the decision early on to accept many insurance plans in order to be accessible to more patients. We have and will continue to be an INNETWORK provider for both Vision Service Plan (VSP) and EyeMed as well as all the other insurance plans that we have accepted for years. Therefore, nothing has changed regarding the insurances we accept at our office, unlike other local offices.
Our office is a full-service Optometry practice with multiple Doctors of Optometry. They are very comfortable with extremely large and unusual eyeglass prescriptions seen so often in the area, like high myopia and astigmatism. Dr. Kellie Stennis has over 27 years of experience in diagnosing and treating complex eye disorders and diseases such as Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, and Zoster (Shingles in the Eye). She is also a nationally publicized Doctor for her article on Lasik that was published in 1995.
Dr. Jena Forsch has a wealth of knowledge and background in dealing with the same. She worked with the Veteran’s Administration, serving our Military and their families, diagnosing and treating some very complex eye diseases. Dr. Forsch fits a variety of specialty contacts for diseases like Keratoconus.
We at Family Eyecare of Brighton, take great pride in providing the best quality care for you and your family. We have the advanced equipment necessary to identify complex and blinding eye diseases. Other Optometrists in our area have referred patients to our office to do this type of complex testing for them.
Please call our office today to check on your specific insurance plan and schedule an appointment. We would be honored to take care of you and your family!
193 South 27th Ave. • Brighton • 80601 • 303.654.7933 (Located on the Corner of 27th & Egbert)
Offered by: Dawn Dycus, M.D.~ Brighton Pediatrics, PC
Brighton Pediatrics would like to welcome Dr. Rachael Janoso! Our office is very excited for her to start seeing patients on August 17th. Dr. Janoso is a graduating resident from the University of Louisville Pediatric Residency Program. Prior to her residency, Dr. Janoso first attended the University of Colorado in Boulder for her undergraduate degree and then the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora.
Dr. Janoso is a Colorado native who is originally from Highlands Ranch. In her own words, “I have always wanted to be a physician. Even from the time I was in elementary school, I would always reply that I wanted to be a doctor when I grew up. I don’t know if I’ve completely “grown up” yet, but the journey thus far has been worth it, even with its challenges and long hours.”
Dr. Janoso became interested in pediatrics when she was first starting out in medical school, but knew even back in high school and college that she loved children and wanted to focus her career in that field. An aspect of pediatrics that has always excited her is the ability to build relationships with families and get to know them over time, making our office setting the perfect place for her to do just that.
Dr. Janoso especially loves newborn care and adolescent care, in addition to learning to be a strong and empathetic pediatrician and an advocate for her patients and families. She is very excited to be joining this community!
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Janoso to our office and the Brighton community! To schedule an appointment with Dr. Janoso, contact our office. Once again, welcome Dr. Janoso! Please visit our website at www.brightonpeds.com.
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Stayin in The Buzz
December 31, 2019
I got a call from Susan at the Brighton Buzz asking if I wanted to
advertise n the next issue. My response was that I either needed to keep
my ad running or fold the business.
About 90% of the calls that I receive include a comment like, ”I
saw your ad in the Brighton Buzz…. . “
The majority of my calls take me inside a home, it is not unusual for somebody to pick up a copy of the Buzz and say they found me right there. The Buzz that they show me is frequently not the latest issue. The Buzz has great holding power! At the same time, I can always tell when The Buzz has hit mailboxes. My phone starts ringing. A lot of people seem to look through it right away.
The cost per home is low, the cost per response is
reasonable. Am I going to continue to advertise in the Brighton
Buzz? You can count on it!
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July 19, 2015
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July 19, 2015
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July 19, 2015
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