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Look for these Red Flags During Home Inspection

Home inspection tips

Look for these Red Flags During Home Inspection

Recently, HouseMaster showed that more than 40% of previously sold homes
passed a home inspection even though it had at least one serious problem. Therefore, if you are buying a home, we have come up with some red flags to look for during a home inspection.

Every home needs some type of repair or improvement if it has been previously owned. Some repairs are expected, but with today’s high repair costs you want to make sure you know what you are getting into you buy a home. If there is a major problem, you may need to keep looking for your dream home.

The more serious defects to look for include cracked heater exchange, water contamination, failing air conditioning compressors, lead paint, asbestos, environmental hazards like radon, underground storage tanks, moisture in the basement, mixed plumbing, defective roofing or flashing, aluminum wiring, undersized electrical system, foundation cracks, chimney separation, and extreme house settlement.

Most all problems can be repaired. However, if the defect involves one of the major systems, the cost can be quite substantial, which could affect your purchasing decision. A new air conditioning compressor could cost you up to $1,400 and a new roof can end up costing several thousand dollars. Basement moisture problems can be an extremely high cost fix too.

When you are searching for a home inspector, be sure to hire a qualified inspector and get referrals from friends or people you trust that has used the inspector and was satisfied with the experience. Check for affiliations with organizations such as the American Society of Home Inspectors or the American Association of Home Inspectors. Members of these organizations must be certified and meet professional qualifications. They must also adhere to specific business ethics. Once you have an appointment set it is very important to be there during the home inspection.

This information is brought to you by: Tom and Bev Herring, buying and selling Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Bixby, Keystone Lake, Berryhill, Sand Springs and Owasso, OK.

 

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How to Sell Your Home for More

Home Selling Tips

How to Sell Your Home for More

Every homeowner who places their home on the market wants top dollar for it. This is true in every housing economy; therefore, we have some tips that will help you sell your home for top dollar. And, keep-in-mind that despite the current housing market, many homeowners are successfully selling their homes for top dollar.

Price your home aggressively

The most important decision about selling your home is setting the right price for it when you decide to sell. Pricing too high will price yourself out of the market. Go too low and you leave money on the table. One powerful technique besides getting the assistance of a real estate professional is to spend the day looking at your competition’s homes. This will make it easier to see the world through a buyers’ eyes. You will have to be honest but tough with yourself. Compare your property to the competition and decide what would be the best value for buyers in your market.

Hire a Listing Agent

Not all agents are equal so you’ll need someone that is very aggressive and who has the resources and time to research the market. Talk to neighbors, friends and colleagues about who they would use or have used for home selling or home buying in the past. Interview a number of agents before making the decision as to who to hire. Also, you should agree on a specific documented marketing plan before signing a long term listing agreement.

Curb Appeal and Home Staging

Buyers need to be emotionally invested in your home. So, to do this you will need to build on the best first impression. Begin on the outside of your home to improve your home’s curb appeal first. Plant fresh flowers, remove weeds and clean up the exterior with paint, if needed. When it comes to the interior of your home, inside in each room create a focal point with a story. A set dining table, a book by the bed, a game in the kids’ room are all simple staging strategies.

Offer Pre-Paid Incentives

There are a number of incentives to reach the buyer that have narrowed down their choices to two or three. You can offer to buy the interest rate down on the purchase price, pay closing cost, pay for inspections or repairs, and provide allowances or credits for home upgrades after closing. Many sellers these days are offering to prepay for golf club membership fees, internet services for a year, taxes or homeowner association fees.

Pre-Inspection is a Must

Sellers do pre-inspections to provide the buyers with a clear whole home inspection. Other inspections include pest and dry rot inspections. Anything discovered in the inspection should be disclosed to the buyer even if you have it fixed. This will help prevent long negotiations with them later. It’s cheaper and better overall if you do this in advance of placing the home on the market.

Working on your behalf as single party brokers, we offer guidance that will help you make knowledgeable decisions in either buyer or seller situations. So, when you’re ready to become a homeowner or sell your property, contact Tulsa Realtors® Tom and Bev Herring. Or, visit their website at: TomAndBev.info.

This information is brought to you by: Tom and Bev Herring, buying and selling Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Bixby, Keystone Lake, Berryhill, Sand Springs and Owasso, OK.

 

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Top Home Spring Maintenance Tips

Spring Home Maintenance Tips

While many people across the nation are still wondering when spring weather will finally arrive, Tulsa has been seeing it already.  Spring is officially here and that means it’s time to start your spring cleaning.  Now that winter is no longer inhibiting your outdoor home maintenance needs, it’s time to get to work.  Therefore, I have found a few of the top home spring maintenance tips that should be done once spring arrives.

Spring Maintenance Tips:

Gutters – During the winter a lot of things like leaves, small debris, branches and more can play havoc on your gutters.  Now is the perfect time to get them cleaned out.  You can do it yourself or hire a professional to do it for you.  Just don’t let this time pass you by. While you’re checking to see if your gutters are clear, also check to make sure they are holding together firmly.

Chimney – This is the perfect time of year to have your chimney swept out.  You can have a professional come out for less than $100 in most cases but some may charge $150.  If you used your chimney a lot this past winter  or haven’t had it cleaned in sometime, it is more important than ever to have it cleaned properly. They should also check the flue, mortar and more to make sure all is safe to use next winter.

AC Unit – Now is a great time to have your cooling system tuned up before it gets too warm. It is also a good time to replace your air filters if they are annually changed.

Roof Inspections – During the winter your home can sustain damage you can’t see until the spring rains start pouring in.  It’s very important to get up on the roof and check for missing or loose shingles. You can hire a professional or do it yourself. Just don’t let a professional roofer tell you you have roof damage without getting a second inspection.  This is an old roof scam that you don’t want to get caught up in. If you use a professional, do your homework on the company and make sure they have the proper insurance.

This information is brought to you by: Tom and Bev Herring, buying and selling Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Bixby, Keystone Lake, Berryhill, Sand Springs and Owasso, OK.

Tulsa Home Buyer Tips – After Finding the Perfect Property

Home buying tips Tulsa OK

When it comes to buying a home in Tulsa, OK, you have come to the right place. We are experts in Tulsa real estate; therefore, we have some Tulsa home buyer tips that can help you after you find the perfect Tulsa property.

Once you find your dream home in Tulsa, OK, your Realtor® will get you the seller disclosures so you will know if anything will affect your home purchase. One of the most common concerns we see in Tulsa, OK is the age of the roof. In many cases this information is missed in the seller’s disclosure. So, if this happens, your Realtor® can actually go back to the previous MLS to see what was advertised at that time. If there was a listing five years previous that said there was a new roof, then you will know the roof is only five years old. If you can’t find any information about the roof, you can have it inspected. The inspection will give you the opportunity to renegotiate your offer if something is wrong.

Inspecting the big ticket items will also help insure that the hot water heater, heating and air systems are working correctly. Each unit usually has a twenty year life expectancy, so anything older than that will need to be renegotiated. The kitchen is another area to pay close attention to. Just because it has been updated with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances doesn’t mean all the maintenance has been done. Failure to maintain these items will cause homebuyers a huge nightmare in the future.

If you’re using a Tulsa real estate professional, they will dig up all the history on the property. The proper information on a home will help you to make a good investment on your dream home. So, when you’re ready to buy your Tulsa dream home, contact Tom and Bev Herring. They are your real estate experts in Tulsa, OK and surrounding areas.

Preparation Steps for a Home Inspection

A crucial step to selling your home is to have it inspected by a professional home inspector before you place it on the market. By having your home inspected first, you will know if there are any major or minor details that need to be addressed. This will also help you get the maximum for your home. Therefore, we have some steps that will help you prepare for a home inspection.

Home inspection tips

Hiring an inspector – There are some companies who will do a free pre-listing inspection in hopes that you will hire them to do any needed repairs. However, you can invest money and hire a professional home inspector. Either way, you will be notified of any problems your property may have. You can then get all your repairs done and sell your home quickly.

During the inspection – Because many home inspectors can be very critical of a home, you may want to leave while the inspector is there. Criticism can set you on the defense; however, when it comes to the reality of your home, you need to be on the offense.

Availability – If you do decide to be away during the home inspection, you will need to make sure the inspector will have access to your homes functioning units like the furnace, water heater, circuit breaker, appliances and more. In many cases, this will help you get a good inspection report.

Get down to business – Once you know if or what repairs need to be done, don’t procrastinate. Get down to business as soon as possible. The longer you wait on repairs, the longer your home will be on the market.

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Red Flags to Look for During a Home Inspection

HouseMaster recently showed that more than 40% of previously sold home passed a home inspection even though it had at least one serious problem. Therefore, we have come up with some red flags to look for during a home inspection.

Home Inspection TipsEvery home needs some type of repair or improvement if it has been previously owned. Some repairs are expected, but with today’s high repair costs you want to make sure you know what you are getting into you buy a home. If there is a major problem, you may need to keep looking for your dream home.

The more serious defects to look for include cracked heater exchange, water contamination, failing air conditioning compressors, lead paint, asbestos, environmental hazards like radon, underground storage tanks, moisture in the basement, mixed plumbing, defective roofing or flashing, aluminum wiring, undersized electrical system, foundation cracks, chimney separation, and extreme house settlement.

Most all problems can be repaired. However, if the defect involves one of the major systems, the cost can be quite substantial, which could affect your purchasing decision. A new air conditioning compressor could cost you up to $1,400 and a new roof can end up costing several thousand dollars. Basement moisture problems can be an extremely high cost fix too.

When you are searching for a home inspector, be sure to hire a qualified inspector and get referrals from friends or people you trust that has used the inspector and was satisfied with the experience. Check for affiliations with organizations such as the American Society of Home Inspectors or the American Association of Home Inspectors. Members of these organizations must be certified and meet professional qualifications. They must also adhere to specific business ethics. Once you have an appointment set it is very important to be there during the home inspection.

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