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ByKeith May

Selling an old house? Maintenance for older homes.

Older houses have lots of charm but also have lots of things that sometimes have to be done to them to get them sold.  Focus on the smart things that will reap the most reward.

Monthly

• Fire Extinguisher: Check that it’s fully charged; recharge or replace if needed.

• Sink/Tub Stoppers and Drain Holes: Clean out debris.

• Garbage Disposal: Flush with hot water and baking soda.

• Water Softener: Check water softener salt drum and replenish salt if necessary.

• Forced-Air Heating System: Change filters once a month if user’s manual recommends fiberglass filters.

Every 2 months

• Wall Furnace: Clean grills.

• Range Hood: Clean grease filter.

Every 3 months

• Faucet: Clean aerator.

• Tub Drain Assembly: Clean out debris; inspect rubber seal and replace if needed.

• Floor and Outdoor Drain Grates: Clean out debris.

Every 6 months

• Smoke Detector: Test batteries and replace if needed.

• Toilet: Check for leaks and water run-on.

• Interior Caulking: Inspect caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks; replace any if it is deteriorating.

• Forced-Air Heating System: Change semi-annually if user’s mannual recommends high efficiency pleated or HEPA-style filters.

• Garbage Disposal: Tighten drain connections and fasteners.

• Clothes Washer: Clean water inlet filters; check hoses and replace them if they are leaking.

• Clothes Dryer: Vacuum lint from ducts and surrounding areas.

• Wiring: Check for frayed cords and wires; repair or replace them as needed.

• Range Hood: Wash fan blades and housing.

Every spring

• Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed.

• Gutters and Downspouts: Clean them out or install no-clean version. Inspect and repair weak areas; check for proper drainage and make repairs if needed.

• Siding: Inspect and clean siding and repair if needed.

• Exterior Caulking: Inspect caulking and replace any that is deteriorating.

• Windowsills, Door sills, Thresholds: Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint; replace if needed.

• Window and Door Screens: Clean screening and repair or replace if needed; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint if needed; replace broken, worn, or missing hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.

Every fall

• Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed.

• Gutters and Downspouts: Clean out. Inspect and repair weak points; check for proper slope.• Chimney or Stovepipe: Clean flue (more frequently if needed); repair any cracks in flue or any loose or crumbling mortar.

• Siding: Inspect and clean siding and repair if needed.

• Exterior Caulking: Inspect caulking and replace any that is deteriorating.

• Storm Windows and Doors: Replace any cracked or broken glass; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint if needed. Replace damaged hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.

• Window and Door Weather Stripping: Inspect and repair or replace if it is deteriorating or if it does not seal.

• Thermostat: Clean heat sensor, contact points, and contacts; check accuracy and replace thermostat if it is not functioning properly.

• Outdoor Faucets: If you live in an area with freezing winters, shut off valves to outdoor faucets. Open spigots and drain, store hoses.

Annually

• Septic Tank: Have a professional check the tank (watch for backup throughout the year). In many areas, it is recommended that the tank be pumped every year.

• Main Cleanout Drain: Have a “rooter” professional clean out the main line, particularly if there are mature trees in your yard whose roots could have cracked the pipe in their search for moisture.

• Water Heater: Drain water until it is clear of sediment; test temperature pressure relief valve; clean burner and ports (gas heater).

• HVAC System: Have a professional tune up your heat/air conditioning system.

 

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Buying a house with a storm shelter

Weather or not the value of a house is increased because of a storm shelter is in the eye of the beholder but there are some things you might look for when deciding if you are going to have a storm shelter installed in your home.

See Youtube video: http://youtu.be/j2gKYfW0ptY

1) Do Your Research Prior to purchasing any storm shelter, you should always do your research to determine the best type for your situation. It’s always a good idea to check out FEMA’s website first to determine which storm shelters are best for any given situation. See links below. Other ways of determining type are to stop and ask your neighbors if you can take a quick look at theirs. Most are more than happy to give you a quick tour. If you have a county or state fair at your location, take the time to attend. Most manufacturers have displays at those locations. Home and Garden shows are another location where you might find a display. In some cases, based on information within the FEMA Website, it may be possible to obtain Federal funding based on your location and/or situation. Once you have a pretty good idea of the type of shelter you want, start searching the internet for different storm shelter manufacturers. In some cases, manufacturers will drop the shipping fees if you are a customer within their state. 2) Select the Location Location of your storm shelter is important. You will want to locate the shelter as close as possible to your home so you can get to it quickly. The location will also need to have good access so the shelter can be delivered and equipment can be used to prepare the hole. Once you have identified your location, you should call your utility company out to flag/mark your yard before any digging takes place. You should also obtain any permits required. 3) Digging the Hole If your storm shelter manufacturer requires a contractor to dig the hole prior to delivery, you will need to make sure they dig the hole to the manufacturers specifications. These specs are in place to ensure the manufacturer can deliver and place the storm shelter properly and ensure it will last trouble free for years to come.

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Sell your house in Oklahoma by using Youtube

Youtube was founded in 2005 by 3 young “techies” and sold to Google in 2006 for 1.65 billion. Youtube is a great way to promote real estate and house sales in Edmond, Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Oklahoma. 78% of homeowners want their REALTOR to have a video presence.    Only 12% do. See video:http://youtu.be/zuwSRQQfa98

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ByKeith May

Sell your house in Oklahoma by using Youtube

Youtube was founded in 2005 by 3 young “techies” and sold to Google in 2006 for 1.65 billion. Youtube is a great way to promote real estate and house sales in Edmond, Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Oklahoma. 78% of homeowners want their REALTOR to have a video presence.    Only 12% do. See video:http://youtu.be/zuwSRQQfa98

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Buy or sell a house in Southeast Edmond

South east Edmond is the area in Edmond that is closest to I-35. It also has great proximity to the Broadway Extension (I-235) and the Kilpatrick turnpike. Maybe professionals that work in Oklahoma city but want to have their kids in Edmond Schools choose to live in and by and sell houses in South East Edmond. They generally like the proximity to the aforementined highways in addition to the minimal traffic, many trees, hills and rolling terrains. If you are considering moving to Edmond, OKlahoma. Please consider moving to south east Edmond and maybe in an addition like the one mentioned in the below Youtube video.

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