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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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OKC Realtors: Major Winter Problems for Homeowners

OKC Realtors lays out major problems to be aware of this winter.

Winter is here, and that means cold, dry weather. While this means alot of good things: Snow, Christmas cheer, holiday dinners, football. It can also mean some real trouble for your home. OKC Realtors has some major issues to watch out for this holiday season.

Tree Branches: Ice and snow place alot of extra stress on tree branches. This extra stress leads to an increased chance that these branches will snap. If one of those tree limbs happens to be around your home it can deal some real damage. Keeping dead limbs trimmed off your tree whenever possible can help insure your house is not damaged by a rouge tree limb. Falling tree limbs can damage fences, gutters, roof tiles, and other landscape additions.

In-Ground Automatic Sprinklers: While very convenient in the summer, automatic sprinklers can freeze and leak in the colder months. You can avoid this problem by draining and winterizing your sprinkler system. The last thing you want in freezing temperatures is a soaked lawn!

Burst Pipes in General: Burst pipes can cause extensive damage around this time of year. Faucets located outdoors are especially vulnerable to this kind of damage. Making sure your pipes are properly insulated is key to making sure they don’t freeze and burst. Keeping cabinet doors open and the heat up also helps insure pipes don’t freeze. Letting the faucet drip slightly when you expect a freeze can also help prevent freezing and bursting pipes.

Those are just some of the dangers to be aware of as a homeowner. If your in the market to sell your home or your looking to become a homeowner, let the experts at Metro First Realty OKC, OKC Realtors, help you find the perfect home! Call us today at  405-242-4004!

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OKC Realtors Providing Fall Home Maintenance Tips

OKC Realtors: Beginning a new season

It’s about to be a fun, colorful display of all the changing leaves and the crisp air will greet you when you leave the house. School is in full swing by now and OKC realtor team has much to do as the feeling of fall settles around us. With the month of September charging to a rapid close and October being right around the corner, our OKC realtor team has been thinking about fall. With all that being said, we have to say it’s time to start preparing your homes for fall. Here, we have provided a list of fall home maintenance to get you headed in the right direction.

Fall home cleaning tips from our OKC realtor team:

1.) Give your gutters a good cleaning.
2.) Test your heater for proper functioning.
3.) Clean out your dryer ducts.
4.) Check exterior for peeling paint.
5.) Re-caulk around windows and door frames.
6.) Check the roof for any damage.

There’s nothing worse than going into the cooler, rainier months with a damaged roof and not knowing it. As far as the other action items go it just makes good sense to do them, because getting your windows and doors sealed up helps to keep heat in and lowers your energy costs. Exterior paint being chipped can’t protect your home’s siding. Furthermore, dryer ducts pose fire risks if clogged as do the gutters. Finally, the heater functioning is pretty important.

Our OKC realtor team knows that you’re busy, but taking a little time to check up on these issues will save time and money in the long run. Our OKC realtor team also feels that aside from these basic tips we should encourage people to check their carbon monoxide and smoke detectors! We hope these fall home maintenance tips will help get your home prepared for the fall months to follow.

If you need an experienced realtor to show you houses for sale in OKC (or surrounding metro areas), please give Metro First Realty a call @ 405-242-4004.