Being a homeowner can be a tough job at times as there is always something that needs get done. Before you know it weekend passes by and you find yourself behind schedule. This scenario may sound familiar to lot of us and with spring around the corner, this might be a good time to catch up to few things. We have gathered few tips and techniques here that you can perform yourself starting today.
Change HVAC Filter
If your homes filter is a HVAC system it usually gets around a year use time and should be serviced every year. HVAC filter should be changed by homeowners every three months and if possible more often. A system that has a dirty filter can suffer from pressure drop, which can lead to reduced air flow, or “blow-out,” resulting in no air infiltration at all. Any of these conditions can cause the system to work harder to keep the home warm or cool.
You can have a look around the exterior of the house for any peeling paints. Over time the pain may tend to peel off here and there leaving the wood exposed. Spring is a good time to take care of that and re-painting them to save them from being damaged. While repairing, you should start by scraping off the peeling paint and then applying a fresh paint on it.
Re-caulking window frames
During summer or winter it is important to have air-tight windows to maintain the cooling or heating system. Over time the old caulk might dry out and become weak or even start peeling off by bits and pieces. Similarly as paint repairing, you should start by scraping or cutting off the old caulk before applying a new one. This will help the caulk to last longer and improve efficiency of windows and doors.
Servicing the air-conditioning
This is a perfect time to get ready for the summer. You can check if your air conditioning is working smoothly and if any maintenance is needed. Last thing you want for your air conditioner is to stop working during summer when the temperature hits high.
Downspouts & Rain Gutters
Water damage can cause a lot of distress if the downspouts and rain gutters are not maintained properly. It is advisable to perform a thorough inspection and repair or clean out downspouts and rain gutters that are loosen and replace the one that don’t seem to be working.
Flushing out water heater
Flushing out water heater every year /couple of years could extend the life of the tank and the water heater itself. How often this should be done may depend on the water of your area. It can easily be done on your own and there are lots of tutorials available on YouTube explaining the procedure. The water heater operating manual itself should explain the maintenance. However, if you are not confident, it is advisable to seek the help of a professional plumber.
There are lots of other maintenance areas that you can look at like replacing the batteries of smoke detectors, cleaning driveway, preparing lawn equipment etc. If you own a house there will be always something to do around. Sometimes the tasks may seem endless and this can be tackled by making a list. Prioritizing and breaking the list down over few weekends or spare time could be a good starting point. A well maintained house not only ensures a healthy living but also increase your home value.
When spring approaches, many people start focusing on multiple activities; basketball season, spring break, holidays, moving house, buying /selling houses etc. Spring is most definitely the best season for buying and selling home and if you are looking to buy a home this spring, the following tips will provide some useful insights for regular and first time home buyers.
Talking to a mortgage lender
When it comes to buying a home, many experts would suggest talking to a Real Estate agent first. A Real Estate agent would be happy to help you find the right home as soon as you secure your mortgage pre-approval. Many sellers will ask what type of funding you have to make the purchase and with a pre-approved mortgage, you will be able to make instant offers. You get a pre-approved mortgage from a mortgage lender. It is best to describe and disclose all your financial goals about new purchase and your future plans. You might be just looking for a small house right now and will be willing to move to a bigger house in future. These sort of disclosure will help the lender to determine the right mortgage option that would best suite you.
Choosing a Real Estate Agent
Talking to multiple sources and selecting a referred Real Estate agent is wise. You can ask family, friends or co-workers to get suggestions. As you are likely to work with your agent for a significant amount of time, it is important to pick someone who is not only good at their job but also someone that you like. It is imperative to pick someone who has local knowledge and expertise and can work on the area where you want to live.
Analysing and researching
Before moving to a new home, you should analyse the neighbourhood that you are moving in. There are a lot that depends on a neighbourhood; you can read our full article on how neighbourhood plays an important role in a successful move here.
The lending rules might have eased up over the years but lenders still have the recent recession in mind. Mortgage loan officer might ask for different documentation from time to time and explanation of any big bank transactions if you have any. If you recently have changed jobs be prepared to explain why this was a better option for you. They might even be asked about benefits and commission packages.
Buying a home
Once you are pre-approved for a mortgage and your real estate agent have the knowledge of what you are looking for, you are ready to make an offer. It is important to work closely with your Real Estate agents and be on top of appointments. You should make sure that you really like the house before making any offers. If you are buying a house for the first time, it would be a good idea to take a friend or relative with you who have previously owned a house. They can point out valuable areas relying on their experience to help you make a better choice. Read more on the things/areas you should keep in mind while buying a house here.
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