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Save money with the simple

One of the most frustrating things is having to call a service company. Then, their repair takes 5 minutes, but you pay $130? They tell you, ” Oh, it was a simple fix.” In this article we will look at some simple money-saving repairs you can make at home.

Save money with the simple

  • Running toilet – Most plumbing companies will charge a service fee between $80 and up to $130 just to come to your house! Nine times out of ten, a toilet that will randomly turn on and then turn off, has a faulty flapper. The flapper is the rubber seal that lifts when you flush, emptying the tank into the bowl. When the flapper isn’t sealing properly, water will leak from the tank into the bowl. As it falls below the fill level, it will trip the fill valve float, turning on the water to fill back up again. A standard flapper is around $5 and takes about 2 minuets to install, saving you lots of money!
  • Garbage Disposal – Most disposals come with a disposal wrench that fits into the bottom to manually turn it when it jambs. If your disposal is humming, this is likely your problem. If it does nothing or the chamber spins freely, check the red reset button underneath before calling a plumber.
  • Lock Trouble – Is the deadbolt hard to move with the key? Try to spray the lock and key with some WD40. Work the key back and forth in the lock and it should loosen right up!

These are just a few simple tips that you can help you to save big bucks on your home, weather you are selling, a new homeowner, or you’ve been there a while.

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: Does your lawn affect your home value?

OKC Realtors: How does your lawn affect your property value?

If you’re looking to sell your home, you might know to update the appliances, fix the fence, and touch up the paint job among other things. But have you ever considered your lawn? Have a look at your lawn now, how is it? Is it clean cut or wild? Are there weeds you haven’t gotten around to exterminating yet? Are there any flowers in your garden? If your lawn is a mess it can actually affect the value of the home it’s in front of. OKC Realtors explains how.

Keeping your lawn in top shape will help you with one of the most important aspects of a home, the first impression. If someone is looking at homes a nice, well-kept lawn will help differentiate you from the other homes the buyer is looking at. If two homes have equal value, the one with the nicer lawn will leave a nicer first impression. In many cases, a well-kept lawn can actually raise the dollar value of your home!

Similarly, leaving a good first impression also does wonders to set expectations for the buyer. This plays of what psychologists call The Halo Effect, where characteristic influences a person’s opinion of all other characteristics related to it. If you’ve got a well-kept lawn, a potential buyer will think more highly of your home because of the halo effect. If your lawn is on the wild side though, the opposite will be true regardless if your house is spotless and up to date.

The lawn is an important part of the home even though it exists outside it. Taking the time to care for and groom your lawn can pay massive dividends when you decide to sell. If you are looking to sell, let Metro First Realty, OKC Realtors, help you find the perfect home.

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OKC Realtors Tips to Increase Home’s Value

OKC Realtors give Tips on Boosting Home Value

If you’re trying to sell your home, you want to get the most out of your home. Our OKC realtors are here to share some tips to raise the value of your home quickly.

A Fresh Coat Of Paint: The quickest and most effective way to raise your home’s value is to give it a fresh coat of paint. New paint gives your home a new, updated look. A new look means new value!

Replace Worn Out Carpets: Check out the carpets and rugs in your home. Are they worn and stained? Anyone looking at your home will notice that too. Nothing drives down the value of a home like shoddy soft flooring.

Update Your Kitchen And Bathrooms: If you have the budget, consider updating your bathroom and kitchen areas. These are the two most used areas in a home, which means having them updated and looking nice will drive up the value of your home quicker than any other room. Of all the investments you can make in your home, these investments will give you the biggest return on your investments.

Update With Energy Efficient Fixtures: Loud, obnoxious, outdated fixtures make for a loud, obnoxious, outdated home. Replacing these fixtures can increase value in a couple of ways: First, it makes your home feel new and well-kept. Second, it increases value by reducing the amount of energy your home uses.

Clean The House: The simplest way to increase the value of your home is to keep it clean and shining. Especially for an open house or if your agent will be giving a tour. A cluttered or unkept house will make anyone think less of the house your trying to sell.

These tips can help you get the most out of your home sale and the OKC realtors at Metro First Realty can help you sell your home quickly! Call us today at 405-242-4004!

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OKC Realtors 3 Financial Tips For Buying A Home

OKC Realtors Preparing You For Buying

It’s now the prime season for real estate! While our OKC realtors will be busy doing what we love best, we know a lot of our customers are are going to busy thinking about buying a new home. Before you can really start thinking about getting into a home loan situation you have to prepare yourself a little bit. That’s where today’s topic comes into play. Our OKC realtors want to share 3 financial tips with our readers which may help better prepare you before you get caught up in the home buying process.

1.) Monitor Your Credit Score: The fact is that you’re going to be better off dealing with loan officers if you have a decent credit score. To get the most value out of the deal aim for a score over 500. The higher the credit score, the most likely it is that your monthly payment will be lower.

2.) Consider Your Down Payment: A lot of  people aim pretty low when it comes to down payments, because moving in itself can be a big expense. Of course, it’s wise to set aside as much as you can to help with your monthly payment situation, as well. Paying at least 5% down is suggested, but it also depends on the cost of the home you’re interested in as higher priced homes may require a bit more capital up front.

3.) Set Aside A Closing Cost Fund: Many times buyers will ask sellers to pay the closing costs and a lot of them will, but in the event that this negotiating ploy doesn’t work out in your favor it would be wise to have a bit of extra money set aside to pay those costs yourself.

Our team of OKC realtors understand that buying a home is one of the largest investments you and your family will ever make, so we want to be certain that you’re truly ready. If you have taken care of all three of the above mentioned financial tips then you just might be ready to get a home loan!

Buying a home has quite a few other steps you might need to consider. Our OKC realtors would be happy to help you get everything in order including helping you to find the best home for your needs!

If y0u need us or want to know more, give our OKC realtors at Metro First Realty a call at 405-242-4004.