Buying a home marks a big investment. What do we do after the papers are signed and the locks are changed, though? Well, a little work can go a long way. Not to mention, it can prevent you from spending big on home repairs. Or, it can help you get your place ready for the market. Whether you want to sell—or you simply want to keep your place in tip-top shape—we’ve got some ideas! Add these summer home maintenance tips for homeowners to the to-do list.
Create a cleaning schedule.
Adult life gets overwhelming! One way to make it easier? Planning! Choose the chores you need to get done, and put them on a cleaning schedule. That way, you can get everything done in manageable chunks. Plus, if you have multiple people in your household, you can assign chores evenly. We also suggest scheduling a fun little reward at the end, like a movie night or ordering some pizza!
Wash the windows.
After spring pollen, those windows may look a little grimy. Wash them—from both sides—for a fresh outlook on a new season.
Clean your garage.
See those cobwebs? That’s your garage saying “clean me!” Take everything out, trash or donate what you need to, and reorganize. You may end up with more you room than you started with too!
Get ready for grilling.
Who’s excited to fire up the grill? You can prepare for summer burgers and hotdogs by thoroughly cleaning the grill and its cover.
Power wash aplenty.
The patio. The sidewalk. The outdoor furniture. Each of them can benefit from a good power washing or pressure washing session. Remember—stay safe and dress properly. You can also hire someone to power/pressure wash for you.
Inspect those detectors.
You should do this every season! Inspect your carbon monoxide detectors, as well as your smoke detectors. This step can truly save lives!
Don’t forget to dust the fans.
Another one of our summer home maintenance tips for homeowners: dust your ceiling fans! You’ll need them more than ever this season. And you certainly don’t want them spreading those particles and dander all around. So, turn them off and get to work.
Consider a fresh coat of paint.
During the summer, we have more daytime than ever! And if you notice your home in a less-than-flattering light, it may be time for a fresh coat of paint. Interior, exterior, or both—it may also be the season for makeovers!
Attend to your lawn.
Yes, you should mow your lawn. But that’s not all! You should also weed it too—and finish each cut with an edger. Get those trimmers too and clip your shrubbery into shape. Additionally, you should consider adding mulch to your gardening beds. Remember: if your neighborhood is a part of an HOA, it may require specific grass lengths or mowing practices. So, check the manual!
Take pest preventative measures.
As you work, check for standing water and cracks in your home’s foundation. The first draws in mosquitoes. The second can usher in termites, rats, and just plain damage.
Schedule a chimney cleaning.
The reason this is a summer chore? The savings! Asking for a service in the off-season also means professionals have more time to devote to you too. So, if you have a chimney, think smart and schedule a cleaning this season.
Replace your air conditioning filter.
You want to breathe fresh, healthy air. Keep your household safe by replacing your air conditioner filter this summer.
There’s really no better feeling than coming home to a clean house! Give yourself the perfect spot to relax in this season with these summer home maintenance tips for homeowners. After all, you deserve some time to unwind!
Still searching for your home sweet home? The experienced Realtors at Prestige Properties can help you find it. Contact us today! And if you ever need any more home ownership tips, check out our blog here!
You’ve committed years of hard work and saving toward your goal. And soon, it will pay off! That’s right—you’ll officially be a homeowner. As you approach this next step, make the process flow smoothly with our tips for prepping for your first home purchase.
Make a List of What You Want
Do you prefer single-story properties? A spot with a large yard? Extra closet space? Making a list of what you want can help you and your Realtor immensely. You can even organize it into sections like “nonnegotiable,” “optional,” or even “dealbreakers,” for maximum clarity.
Aim for a Larger Down Payment
When it comes to down payments, bigger is better. Not only can a larger payment convince sellers to choose your offer, but you can also typically generate a lower mortgage that way. That means less interest too! Of course, you should still stay within the constraints of your budget.
Obtain a Preapproval Letter
First time home buyers may find themselves going up against seasoned opponents. One way to show your intent—and your capability to buy—involves obtaining a preapproval letter from your mortgage broker. Essentially, it proves that you have a loan offer—and therefore, you can make a genuine purchase.
Weigh Your Options: Fixed-Rate vs. Adjustable Mortgages
The market is many things—but it’s not always predictable. That means we all have to do a certain amount of guesswork when choosing our mortgages. Fixed-rate options can save you if prices grow. Adjustable mortgages have less certainty, as the rates change. However, if prices drop dramatically, they also give you the option to refinance. If you need help deciding, your Realtor can explain it all!
Don’t Forget About Taxes and Insurance
A rule of thumb: your mortgage, taxes, and home insurance should not exceed 25 to 30 percent of your income. You should include all three variables in your calculations! Otherwise, you could be in for some sticker shock during tax season.
Remember to Factor Utilities Into Your Calculations
Next up on our list of tips for prepping for your first home purchase: doing the math. You’ve probably calculated and recalculated your budget and mortgage. However, do you know how much utilities will cost for your potential property? Water, heating, internet, cable, sewage, and electric—you want to make sure that you have an estimate of what they’ll run per month. And since you’re moving, you may need to change providers too, so keep an eye out for better deals.
Request Realtor Referrals or References
You should be able to trust your Realtor! We believe that strongly. We also believe in giving our clients the best possible experience! That’s why we recommend getting referrals or references for your Realtor. Ultimately, it will ensure that you have peace of mind going into the process.
Get a Home Inspection
Some homes look picture perfect—but they’ve hidden a few big flaws. When you get a home inspection, you can ensure that you know what your house holds. Plus, it can actually turn the tide in your favor during negotiations. Your agent can use the results to request that the original owners make the repairs—or knock the cost off your offer.
Determine Your Stance on HOAs
Some folks like the sense of uniformity a Homeowner’s Association offers—along with the perks, like extra amenities. Others don’t want the oversight or the extra costs. Decide if you want to live in a neighborhood with an HOA—and then let your Realtor know.
Contact Prestige Properties
Wading through market may seem daunting, but you’re not alone. The Realtors at Prestige Properties can show you how to navigate the market—and pick out your home sweet home, too.
Searching for your new house? From advice, to showings, to tips for prepping for your first home purchase, Prestige Properties will help you every step of the way. If you’re ready to get started, contact us here. You can also read our blog for more helpful hints and advice!
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About Prestige Properties
The Prestige Properties team is committed to providing unmatched service when it comes to home buying, selling and renting. No matter which side of the real estate transaction you’re on, our extensive knowledge about the local market and roster of dedicated agents are only a few of the benefits of choosing Prestige Properties.
As a hometown business, we pride ourselves on being able to keep all of our tax dollars right here in our community. Prestige Properties owner and broker, Mark Jones, has worked to establish this locally-focused company culture while still staying in the know about the broader real estate market and its trends. From his involvement in the National Association of REALTORS to contributions to local non-profits, sports teams and more, he couples industry involvement with homegrown support.
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