Home Buying Tips Top Realtors Don’t Want You To Know

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When you’re looking to buy a home, it can be difficult to know exactly where to start. There’s plenty of information out there about the housing market, and not all of it agrees with one another. Buying a home can be a complicated process, but there are a few tips that the top realtors swear by to help find the right houses at the right time. Here are a few tricks you can use to help you in your housing hunt.

    1. Make use of online resources: Nowadays, a surprising amount of property information is available online to help you learn more about the home and its value. If you find a home you like, make sure to do some searching online to learn more about the property; you could end up finding an unpleasant surprise that explains the low asking price.

 

    1. Look outside the box: When looking for options for houses, it’s easy to get stuck by narrowing your options too much. According to Zillow, 83% of buyers are looking to purchase a single-family home, but many of these buyers could benefit from looking at other options like condos. Don’t be afraid to check out houses that don’t entirely match up with your list; this could help you find that diamond in the rough you’ve been looking for. However, there are some constraints that are incredibly important for you to keep in mind.

 

    1. Stick to your budget: Even if you do push your limits a bit and look outside the box, don’t stray too far from your initial budget. Keeping this in mind even before you start your initial search will keep you from falling in love with a home you can’t afford to buy. Before you walk into that home for sale that you’ve been keeping an eye on, check your budget to see if you can really afford it first.

 

  1. Yes, you do need a realtor: Even if you consider yourself a house-hunting expert, it’s important to hire a realtor to help you in your search. Top realtors will have access to information you likely won’t that can help you in your house search. The right realtor might even have inside information that can help you find a home before it’s listed online or in other public ways.

 

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Four Ways to Maintain Your HVAC System

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Energy bills can be a major expense for property owners. Homeowners and businesses alike pay a lot of money for air conditioning, especially in the warmer months when prices run extremely high. However, there are a few things that you can do to help keep your costs down. These four simple tips will make a difference in your energy bill.

1. Make Sure the Drive Belts Are In Good Shape

The drive belts in your HVAC system should also be checked as part of your routine HVAC service and furnace maintenance. If the drive belts are worn or thin, they will not be operating as quickly or as efficiently as they should be. If they snap or collapse, the system will cease operating. This is a great example of how routine upkeep and furnace maintenance can prevent costly service calls like furnace repair.

2. Make Sure You Have Clean Air Filters

An HVAC system that is trying to work with a dirty air filter has to work really hard. As a result, it uses much more energy. This will increase your energy bill. Get on a schedule for a filter change and HVAC system tune-up. Most filters in an HVAC system need to be changed every one to three months, according to Energystar.gov. And during your tune-up, make sure the HVAC contractor or technician installs clean, new air filters throughout the entire system. Then ask how to do it yourself in between your scheduled maintenance visits.

3. Make Sure the Gas Pressure Is Good and the Flame Sensor Is Working Properly

This is a critical part of your furnace maintenance. Low gas pressure will make your burner run longer. This uses more energy. Not only will you pay more for this, but it will also shorten the life of your burner. You may have to get involved in furnace repair. The flame sensor is also critically important. Make sure i is clean. If it is dirty or clogged, it will not take accurate readings. This could lead to an overload, or a worse problem like a fire. That is why it is extremely important in residential hvac and commercial hvac to check the flame sensor and make sure it is working properly.

4. Make Sure the Thermostats Are Working Properly

Thermostats will help control your HVAC costs if they are maintained correctly and give accurate readings. But if the thermostat is not working okay, the temperature readings will be inaccurate. You could end up paying more for no reason, such as furnace repair. Don’t overlook the maintenance on your thermostats.

These tips will help you save money. But more than that, these tips will help improve the quality of life for people in the property. Making HVAC systems more affordable, more energy efficient, and healthier is a great benefit for everyone.

Don’t Ruin Your Lawn Mower With Poor Winter Storage

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U.S. retail sales of lawn care supplies are expected to reach around $6.6 billion in 2019. If American property owners don’t take excellent care of their lawn mowers over the long and cold winter, families will have to spend a significant amount of money on either repair work or completely replacing their mowers.

 

Properly storing your lawn mower can help you avoid these costly problems, enabling you to get right back into landscaping once the winter is over. Here are some important things to keep in mind when prepping your lawn mowers for storage over the winter:

    1. Degrease everything – Degreasing your mower is extremely important right before you store it in your garage for those long, cold winter months. It’s recommended to spray a degreaser across any oil stain, let it sit for around 15 minutes, wipe it off with a clean towel, and then rinse it with a powerful hose to get rid of any excess oil.

 

    1. Clean your mower’s fuel cap – This is a simple step that far too many homeowners forget to do prior to winter storage. Simply use a small paintbrush to clean away debris from the top of the fuel cap. Beware to use degreaser on the cap itself, however, since that could clog the small air vents inside the cap.

 

    1. Clean the undercarriage – Before you put your mower away for the next few months, clean off all that excess dirt and grass from underneath to avoid serious issues down the road. All you need is a car wash detergent, putty knife, and a strong hose.

 

    1. Lubricate metal to prevent rusting – No one wants to open their garage door after a long winter and see a rusted mower. To avoid rusting, use WD-40 or a silicone spray on any bare metal parts to provide a fresh look.

If you want to learn more about how to take better care of your Swisher lawn mowers, find Swisher replacement parts, or have your electric clutch repaired by experienced professionals, give us a call today.