How to avoid a money pit

Unless you’re in the business of flipping houses, you don’t want to buy a money pit! In this article, we will look at some of the major issues of  a house to consider before your purchase.

How to avoid a money pit

The worst thing in the world is to buy something, only to find that it will cost you much more money than you’ve already spent. In this article we are going to look at a few of the major cost issues of a house to be aware of before your purchase.

  • Age – Was it built before JFK was president? The older the home, the more the upkeep and maintenance costs. Remember, when you’re excited about those “antique” fixtures and charm, that just means they are old! The older it is, the closer to replacement.
  • Plumbing – Be mindful of the plumbing condition. Are the drain pipes cast iron, do you see signs of leaking, how old is the water heater? Did you know the life expectancy of a solder joint in a copper water line is at least 50 years with good water condition?
  • Heating and Cooling – Replacing a furnace or A/C unit will cost thousands of dollars! If you are old enough to buy a home and they are older than you, it’s time to replace them.
  • Electrical – Electrical code has changed a lot since the 1970s! If  you notice an old breaker box, or the house is full of two prong, ungrounded outlets, an update is needed.
  • Foundational – Cracks in the foundation can lead to structural issues and even water damage. This is a major cost, and one to consider when purchasing a home.

Buying a house is a huge decision! Make sure you are armed with enough information so you don’t get caught in a money pit!

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Tips From OKC Realtors On Maintaining Your A/C Unit: Part 2

OKC Realtors Say Keep The A/C Working For New Buyers

The warmer weather tends to be the best times for real estate transactions. If you’re a homeowner looking to sell you house this spring or summer you have a lot of preparing to do. In part one of this series, our OKC realtors discussed the issue of maintaining your A/C unit as new home buyers will most certainly be looking forward to using that as the heat waves roll in.

To read over our OKC realtors few tips we mentioned in part one, click here. Today, here are a few more tips gathered by our OKC realtors to help you get your A/C ready for the long, scorching heat of summer whether that be for yourself or so that you can sell your home with ease!

#1- Keeping The Outside Unit Clean: Many people don’t think about their A/C unit when they mow their lawn, but you should! To keep your outside unit as clean as possible, try to be more mindful near it when mowing or using the weed eater. Blades of grass can get inside the system which could cause damage. It would be best to shut off the thermostat for the short time it takes to mow. Also, just check regularly to clean off any debris that may gather on or near the unit to prevent damage.

#2- Change Your Filters: This is a simple step that is often put off or forgotten about for too long. It’s important to check and change your furnace filter regularly. This ensures that your A/C unit continues to function properly. Another tip is to set your fan mode on the thermostat to “on” to help clean the interior air.

These are just a few quick tips from our OKC realtors. There may be other things to think about in regards to maintain your A/C unit such as having regular maintenance check-ups and ongoing protection for your unit. Spending some time to give your A/C a once over and following the tips provided could save you some heartache and a lot of money later on.

Our OKC realtors hope that you found this information helpful. If you are looking to sell your home and you’re in need of our OKC realtors for real estate needs, please feel free to call Metro First Realty at 405-242-4004!

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Tips From OKC Realtors On Maintaining Your A/C Unit: Part 1

OKC Realtors Say Keep The A/C Working For New Buyers

Are you planning to sell your house this spring or summer? If so our OKC realtors know that your to-do list probably feels like it’s a mile long, but there is another important thing to consider and that is in regards to your A/C unit. If you haven’t started thinking about getting your central air conditioning unit yet checked, now is the time to just that.

It’s no surprise that this year Oklahomans have already seen warmer than average temperatures and it’s most likely only going to continue. Soon, we all know that the real scorching summer heat is going to be here. You can bet that new home buyers will be expecting a fine-tuned A/C unit so it’s your job as the seller to take the best care of it until the homeownership passes to someone else. Here are a few tips gathered by our OKC realtors to help you get your A/C ready for the long, sizzling summer whether that be for yourself or so that you can sell your home with ease!

#1- Maintaining Proper Airflow: To ensure that you have maximum air flow, keep all the areas around the vents clear. This means making certain that rugs, furniture, or other items are not blocking the vents. Our OKC realtors also recommend keeping your bedroom doors opened so that the airflow will properly circulate throughout the home. The air conditioner will have to work harder to push out more air if the air is trapped. Furthermore, sometimes air ducts can gather moisture if air is trapped in a closed off area which can lead to more serious problems, later.

#2- Keep Away Pets And Pests: Use a safe, eco-friendly pesticide around the A/C unit outside to keep ants and other insects from getting inside the unit. Also, try to keep your pets from going near the A/C unit so as to prevent them from urinating on the unit. Allowing this will cause damage to the outside unit.

These are just a few quick tips from our OKC realtors. There may be other things to think about in regards to maintain your A/C unit, especially if you plan to sell your home this spring or summer! To learn a few more tips, come back and read part two of this series in two weeks!

If you are in need of our OKC realtors for real estate needs, please feel free to call Metro First Realty at 405-242-4004!