• "Betsy's expertise in Old Town was invaluable.  It was very apparent why she and her mom have such a fantastic reputation."  -Tricia B.
  • "This is a true team-both are strong realtors in their own right." -Lauren G.
  • "Very professional. Incredibly knowledgable. We had worked with many Realtors and none of them compared to Bette and Betsy. They are fabulous. I would recommend them to everyone." -Jessica J.
  • "First class.  Betsy worked with us for a long time, so we got to know her well.  Her knowledge and professionalism were outstanding."  Julia and Dan L.
  • "Bette and Betsy are easy to get in touch with and fast moving." -David M.
  • "They really know the business and what they are doing. They came highly recommended-they exceeded our expectations." -Barbara and Ted K.
  • "Both Bette and Betsy were awesome to work with.  Their knowledge and expertise in the field of real estate went a long way.  We'll definitely work with them again." S. Goodman & J. Luckett
  • "The transaction went incredibly smoothly and I knew where I stood throughout the process." -Wendy R.
  • "I have bought and sold 6 other properties and working with Bette and Betsy was by far the best sale/buy. Personally they are delightful to work with." -Heather C.
  • "Bette and Betsy represent you not only in making a smart howeowner decision but also in the negotiating process-your agents really are on your side."  -Meleah and Mark B.
  • "Awesome. No drama. Helpful every step of the way. Very professional and gave honest opinions." Elizabeth and Richard H.
  • "Service above and beyond my expectations-highly recommend. Customized level of service to the needs of their clients. Excellent communication and very professional." -Gwen A.
  • "I have made 6 corporate moves and Betsy is hands down the best realtor I have worked with. She worked tirelessly to ensure I was paying a fair price and getting a quality property." Tricia B.
  • "Working with Bette and Betsy put me totally at ease because I was totally confident in them."  -Evan S.
  • "Betsy worked very hard dealing with our very difficult buyer. The transaction would have fallen apart if not for her persistence." Carol H and David T.
  • "Betsy certainly goes above and beyond. Wouldn't use anyone else."  -Julia and Dan L.
  • "Bette and Betsy are great in every way." - Shelley Y.
  • "Betsy has a strong set of ethics and was excellent in providing her professional opinion at all the right moments. We love our home!" -Lauren G.
  • "Bette and Betsy were both very personable and professional.  They were perceptive to my needs and wants and were also very knowledgable for a first time home buyer." Evan S.
  • "We were in the process of moving out of state and Bette and Betsy took care of everything for us regarding the closing. We didn't worry-they are so trustworthy." -Barbara and Ted K.
  • "Very efficient and professional.  They know what to do and I had a contract in 6 days!" -Penny S. 
  • "We enjoyed the experience of two professional agents who worked together to accomplish our mission." -Katie and Clark O.
  • "Love the home warranty and help with subcontractors." -Sherwood T.
  • "Betsy was wonderful to work with. Very professional." -Coleen M.
  • "Bette and Betsy were very professional and made themselves available to me at the hours that worked best for me and through whichever form of communication I chose." -Wendy R.
  • "Betsy rocks!" James B.

Betsy Gorman
(703) 861-4825
betsy@gormangroup.net

Bette Gorman
(703) 585-2235
bette@gormangroup.net

Long & Foster
400 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-0400 - Phone
(703) 763-5750 - Fax

Winter is Here

frozen pipe

The recent cold snap in our region was a sudden and brutal reminder that winter has arrived.  You can and should prepare your house for cold temperatures to avoid higher than necessary heating costs and the potential headache of cleaning up and repairing after a burst pipe.  The spate of public warnings about water main breaks around the City and posts on neighborhood listservs from frantic neighbors illustrates no one is immune from freezing pipes. As we hunker down and prepare for a few more months of winter, here are some tips to help you and your house survive.

1.  Run ceiling fans in reverse.  Many fans have a “winter” option that changes the rotation of the blades to clockwise. This will force warm air down (run fans counterclockwise in the summer to create a cool breeze). This will help keep you warmer and should have a positive affect on your heating bills.

2. Insulate drafty windows and doors with weather-stripping, caulk, insulating film or plastic, and door stops (even rolled towels work to minimize drafts).

3.  Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clean so any melting snow can easily drain from the roof.

4.  Winterize hose spigots or any other outside faucets.  Remove the hose (if any), turn off water to the line from the inside, then open outside valve to drain the line. This will prevent any water in the line from freezing and possibly bursting the pipe when temperatures drop.

5.   Be especially mindful of interior pipes that are susceptible to freezing-for example water supply pipes in unheated spaces like basements, crawlspaces, attics, and garages. Kitchen sink piping that is on an exterior wall can also be vulnerable. Insulate vulnerable pipes to the best of your ability. Leave kitchen sink cabinet doors open to increase the circulation of warm air.

6.  If you are unable to insulate vulnerable pipes, leave the end fixture on those lines open on a slow drip. Pipes burst in cold weather for two reasons:  first, water expands when it freezes and, if it expands enough, it can burst a pipe. But, secondly and most common, when water freezes in a pipe it creates an ice blockages. The pressure between the ice blockage and the faucet can build to excess and burst the pipe. Letting a faucet drip during extreme cold weather can prevent a pipe from bursting by preventing freezing to occur in the first place and also, by providing relief from the excessive pressure that can build between the faucet and the ice blockage.

7. Leave the heat on even when away from the house. Do not let the interior temperature of your house drop below 55° F.

8. If you suspect a pipe is frozen (usually the telltale sign is when you turn on the faucet and no water or only a trickle of water comes out), keep the faucet open while you are home and can monitor it (never leave the house with an open faucet).  Running water through the pipe will help the ice melt.  If you can reach the part of the pipe where you suspect it has frozen, you can accelerate thawing by applying an electric heating pad, hair dryer, hot towel or other heating method.  Do not use an open flame.  If you cannot reach the frozen area and the pipe does not thaw on its own, call a licensed plumber.  If you have one frozen pipe, it’s prudent to check all of your fixtures to make sure they’re aren’t more.

Spring, come quickly! We’re patiently waiting.

 

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