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Your Checklist of House Maintenance Tips in Preparation for Fall Season

Every season your home endures different dynamics in temperature, at times extreme weather conditions, wear and tear, and of course, regular use of it facilities and amenities.

In order to keep every segment and section of your home functioning smoothly, and for you to wean away from expensive repairs, it may be a huge help to resort to prevention by way of conducting seasonal upkeep and a maintenance routine appropriated for each season.

The summer is the perfect time to prepare for the impending cold of the autumn season. Wherever you may be located, the house maintenance tips in the following sections can come in handy as part of tenant management so you can save more money on repairs and that you can be prepared for the upcoming fall season.

House Maintenance Tips Maintenance and Upkeep of the Exterior of Your Home

House Maintenance Tips: Maintenance and Upkeep of the Exterior of Your Home

The Foundations of Your House

Maintenance and upkeep of the exterior of your home in preparation for fall involves checking its foundations for any forms of cracking and chipping, and sealing these cracks and chips by caulking, particularly on the masonry work, which can potentially be aggravated by the cold temperature during the fall.

Prevent further damage on your home’s brickwork by immediately sealing and caulking any forms of holes and apertures which can easily be permeated with water and moisture.

As water and moisture passes through the mortar joints and freezes, it will worsen the cracking and openings as well as result in accumulation of mold and mildew.

The Doors and Windows

Another house maintenance tip in preparation for the autumn season should include the installation of storm doors and windows. It is also recommended you take out the door screens and have them cleaned and repaired prior to storage.

The Roofing System

Be sure that your roofing system is in great shape. Have it inspected for any missing, loose, lifted or bent shingles and immediately have them sealed or entirely replaced.

You do not wait for the cold weather, ice and snow, heavy rain waters and strong wind to worsen the damage to your roofing system, should you find any. The roofing system is one of the most important defenses of your house and it is mandatory that you ensure that it is functioning as it should be.

You will prevent much deterioration if you maintain your roofing system as good as new. You will also prevent a damaged roof from affecting the insulation and ventilation systems of your home, among many other consequences.

Make sure you clean the gutters, gutter pipes and downspouts too. Install gutter guards or replace the old ones if you think your gutter protection will no longer endure the upcoming autumn season.

House Maintenance Tips Maintenance and Upkeep of the Interior of Your Home

House Maintenance Tips: Maintenance and Upkeep of the Interior of Your Home

The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning or HVAC System

Get your heating system inspected by a licensed contractor as your heating system will mostly likely be utilized for most of the fall. In this case, it will efficiently use fuel, run smoothly and have lower chances of developing problems if serviced correctly.

You also need to check your fireplace and chimney to make sure they are working in proper order. Make sure you hire expert technicians to inspect and perform the necessary repairs and cleaning of your fireplace and chimney, particularly focusing on the creosote buildup along the liners and the brickwork atop the chimney.

If possible, take out your air conditioning units or have their outside boxes wrapped in a plastic cover especially designed for air conditioners. This is to prevent rusting of the metal parts of the AC unit. In addition, prepare your air purifiers and dehumidifiers by thoroughly cleaning them.



Home Buying Process: A Guide

Are you already definitive that buying a house is right for you?

If so, then you need to understand that buying a home means a significant financial commitment whether you are a first time buyer or are already experienced in the home buying process.

What It Takes to Buy a New Home

The home buying process is definitely exciting in that you will be acquiring a house that you will be soon calling your own home and yet it can also be overwhelming and daunting at times.

It will also require your dedication, responsibility, and discipline as you will need to shell out money along the way for extra fees such as those for your real estate broker, on top of the principal and interest rates which will be included in the actual pricing of the house.

However, there is always a way to make and keep the home buying process smooth-sailing and so much less taxing than you might think and expect it to be.

Presented here is a guide to the home buying process which you can recall or refer to once you have truly decided that it is time to get yourself and your family a new home particularly given that you are qualified to do so based on your credit score rating.

What Are the Steps to the Home Buying Process?

Be Early and Thorough with Your Research.

As one of the primary steps to the home buying process, you should start your research early and be thorough and mindful as you do so.

Peruse through the papers and magazines and of course, online where you can find real estate residential listings. Then you can jot down notes on specific houses which catch your eye and notice how long these particular homes stay on the market. As well, notice of any changes in the asking prices.

Doing a hands-on research on your own as part of the steps to home buying process will be very much profitable to you as it will give you an idea of the housing trends in different areas which you may be targeting to acquire a home in.

Be Aware of Your Financial Health and Capacities.

Be an informed house buyer and learn for yourself where you stand financially.

It is best recommended that you look for a home whose amount is not more than three or five times than your annual household income so that you will only have a moderate and realistic amount of debt.

Find an Excellent Real Estate Agent and the Right Lender.

Hiring an excellent real estate agent can be your financial adviser when it comes to the home buying process and can help you with the rest of the steps to the home buying process which will be discussed in the next sections.

On the other hand, you need to shop around in order to choose the right mortgage lender. You can start with getting referrals from family and friends who have experience with purchasing a new home. Of course, there is your real estate agent to provide you with advice and suggestions.

After shopping around for mortgage lenders, narrow down your options to at least four and proceed to consult with them. This will be the time to ask them all your questions in mind and be sure that they provide you with comprehensive and satisfactory answers. Also take into account the ease and comfort which you feel while talking to each of them.

Upon arriving at a decision, you can then at least get pre-approval. Pre-approval will only be based on informal conversations with your lender and will not be guaranteed. However, pre-approval will make for a good basis in getting a better idea of how much of a loan which you can qualify for.

Look for the Right Home for You and Then Make an Offer.

You must have a list of criteria for shopping for your new house. It should come in handy during the home buying process as you actually scour the town for your future home.

Are you looking for a bigger one than what you have right now in preparation for a bigger family in the future? What do you require the kitchen or the bathrooms to be like? Do you want a wide yard and garden area?

While you cannot get everything which you wish for your new house, this guide will help you identify and determine the closest that there is to your dream house and finally decide on choosing it.

In addition, be sure to have both first ownership and second ownership houses amongst your choices.

Once you come across the house that you find will be the best fit for you, your family, and your needs, then it is time to make an offer. For this stage of the home buying process, you can always consult with your real estate agent.

You will also need to get a thorough home inspection.

Coordinate the Paperwork and the Rest of the Home Buying Process.

Coordinate all the paperwork from home appraisal to the actual selection of the loan to closing the sale. Your real estate agent should be there with you during these steps of the process.

Will you be renting out your old place so that you can move into your new home? Then hire the services of the Pyramis Company for excellent property management of your residential structure for lease.



Renting vs. Selling: Which One is Better?

Most homeowners will have to face the hard decision of whether to sell or rent their house when the need to relocate comes up. Your company may be relocating you, or you need a bigger house for your growing family. Whatever reason it is for leaving your home, you need to carefully consider every aspect in the “renting vs. selling” decision. View more…



Successfully Screening Tenants: What to Look for in Your Potential Occupants

Screening tenants is a process which any property manager has to carefully tread through and successfully complete. It is tough and as a property manager, you have to be thorough.

It all starts with an ad disseminated. You get calls and talk to interested and prospective tenants. You ask and they ask. This is the basics to screening tenants. “Why are you moving out of your old place?” “How much do I initially shell out before the commencement of occupancy?” “When are you planning to move in?” “What are your general house rules?” “Where do you work?” The call is relatively long and the questions pour in. They get some answers. You get an idea about them. These are determinants if an actual meeting is to take place. View more…



Check the Numbers: Beware of Some Turnkey Operators

Have you ever considered working with a turnkey operator to acquire properties?  Like in every business, there are some bad apples.  If this is the route you choose to take, beware and do your homework.

This article points out some great checks, but overlooks one very important issue, will the property actually rent for the rate they project?  How realistic are their rental projections?  After all, this is one of the make-or-break numbers.  Shouldn’t it be accurate?

We ran into such an issue with a Dallas-based operator.  They didn’t have their own property management, because they sold these investment properties all over the state.  Instead, they partnered with management companies local to the area of the property.  We were one such unlucky company.  After a trend of six properties being sold to investors with dramatically over-inflated rent rates and then referred to us turned into nightmares, we pulled the plug on the partnership.

We had to go through the same routine with each owner they sent.  “Why won’t my house rent?”  We always had to respond telling them that their rent rates were $200+ less than what they’d been promised.  That made them mad and thought we were the ones trying to cheat them.  We’d always have to pull the numbers and explain to them how to read our comparables reports in order for them to understand that we were the ones being honest.  This always made them even more angry knowing that they’d been taken for a ride.

The lesson here is to check with a professional, check with someone who isn’t invested in the sales commission for a purchase you’re considering.  It should be someone who will be honest with you.  It should be a company with decades of experience in this market.

If you’re considering such a purchase in the San Antonio area, feel free to reach out.  We happily run numbers for investors, whether they’re purchasing the property through us or not.

Contact us for a free analysis!