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Home Maintenance To Do In Each Season

Follow these home maintenance tips to keep your home in good condition through Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.Owning a house is a lot of work. And unlike renting, you can’t call the maintenance man when something needs to be fixed. Therefore it's important to do regular upkeep on your house to keep it in good condition. If you’re new to home ownership or need a few pointers on how to maintain your house, just keep reading.

As tedious as it might be, there is seasonal maintenance that your house needs to get it through the upcoming months. It’ll require some effort on your part, but it’ll ensure that you don’t run into any issues down the line. Moreover, you should enlist the help of a professional for jobs that you can’t do yourself.


The Spring comes after a long winter and will need a bit of repair to get things back to normal.

Clean The Exterior

Spring cleaning isn’t just for the interior of your home. After a long winter, your house might have collected dirt and grime that can damage the paint. Depending on the condition of the exterior, you may or may not need a pressure washer. If there are any hard to clean areas, spot cleaning them with detergent should do the trick.


The Spring is a good time to check the plumbing. Check the pipes for leaks and look under the sinks to make sure there are no issues. Your walls will also show signs of leaks as well; stains and discolorations throughout the house are usually an indication that there’s a problem.


The summer months are all about fun and upkeep on your house should be relatively easy during this time of the year.

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How To Select The Best Offer For Your House

How To Select The Best Offer for Your Home

Our current seller’s market has been a result of low housing inventory compared to the number of homebuyers searching for houses. Often, home sellers end up with a multiple offer situation when placing their home on the market. It seems like knowing which offer to accept would be an easy decision. While choosing the highest offer seems obvious, it may not always be the best choice. Below, I’ve outlined other important factors when it comes to accepting an offer from a homebuyer.

Pre-Qualified And Pre-Approved Homebuyers

Most offers will include a letter from a financial institution indicating that a homebuyer is either pre-approved or pre-qualified for a mortgage loan. While people often use these terms interchangeably, there is a significant difference between the two.

Once a homebuyer discusses their financial situation with a mortgage lender, they can be issued a pre-qualification letter,  which is an estimate of the loan amount a buyer will qualify for. At this point, the mortgage lender has not verified the accuracy of the provided information. A mortgage lender might produce a correct estimate for a homebuyer who is very knowledgable about their financial profile. However, home sellers should be aware that a lender has not yet verified income, assets, debt, or cash available for a down payment. In other words, a pre-qualification letter does not provide much confidence that the buyer will be able to close...