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Sunday, March 12, 2017   /   by Jessica Holcomb

Rental Property Maintenance

If you are thinking about investing in a rental property or already own one here are some great maintenance tips to help you keep your property on a schedule.
Roof - Check out the roof twice a year such as Spring and Fall. Inspect the flashing, vents, chimney areas and look for leaks, loose or missing shingles, areas of high wear, mold and/or moss, tree branches that come in contact with the roof or any other possible damage. 
Windows & Doors - Inspect doors, windows, and screens twice a year. Check the locks, and look for broken or cracked windows, and missing or damaged screens. Check all caulking and seams for deterioration and replace as needed. Keep an eye out for loose hinges or any hardware that is worn-out or missing.
Exposed Foundation - Inspect at least once per year and look for leaning walls, bulges, curves, cracks and otherwise broken brick, block, or mortar. 
Gutters - Check your gutters twice a year - Spring and Fall, inspecting gutters, downspouts and ! ...

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Sunday, February 26, 2017   /   by Jessica Holcomb

Shopping for a New Construction Home? Read This First!

If you have been thinking about buying a new construction home then you probably have a few questions about the process. After selling new construction homes for over ten years I picked up a few tips and tricks to help you! 
#1 Do NOT visit a model home without first having your Realtor® set up the appointment for you. Home Builders have strict rules regarding allowing you to have a Realtor® represent your best interests and if they aren't with you on the first visit or call ahead to set up an appointment they may not allow you to use a Realtor®. Most families are not aware of this rule and the builder probably isn't going to talk to you about it. 
#2 Do NOT negotiate with the Sales Rep without your Realtor! The Sales Rep is employed by the builder and they are highly trained to negotiate for the builders best interests. They are also highly trained to know if you want the house or not by watching your body language, listening to your answers, and looking for an ...

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Sunday, February 12, 2017   /   by Jessica Holcomb

Tips for Preparing Your Home for Inspections

One of the most popular questions we receive is - How should we prepare our home for an inspection? If you are thinking about selling your home soon you will definitely want our tips on what the do's and don't include when prepping your home for sale and an upcoming inspection.
Tip #1 If your home is in good condition and you are not aware of any issues then we recommend that you do NOT hire an independent inspector to see what items may come up before listing your home.  In the state of TX you are required to share all inspection reports completed on your home within the last 4 years. 
Tip #2 Should you fix "known defects" - YES! If you are aware of a repair needed in your home you should definitely take care of it. It shows the buyer you have cared for your home and they will have fewer concerns to cover when purchasing your home.
Tip #3 Should you update your home? Maybe. It depends on the current market conditions in your area. Before spending extra money updating your! ...

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