IT’S TIME TO CLEAN YOUR GARAGE

 

A garage is one of the easiest spaces in your home to let get unorganized and messy, one day you’ll walk in and wonder how it all happened. Take a second, breathe, and commit yourself to fixing this, it doesn’t have to be hard!

First, you need to completely take everything that isn’t nailed down out. This will give space to clean up old stains and to really collect all the dust that’s gathered.

Next, you will want to take a look at everything you hauled out, how much of it do you really still need to hold onto, it might be time to donate some things or have a yard sale.

Lastly, really evaluate the space, were you using it efficiently? Do you need more shelving? Do you need racks to hang bikes on? Taking time to ensure the space uses every inch of storage effectively will help you maintain a clean and happy garage!

Want to know more on this? Go here to read more!


Posted on August 30, 2019 at 2:49 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Homeowner, Inspection, Selling |

THE IMPORTANCE OF EXTERIOR PAINTING

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I hate painting.  No, I’m not talking about Picasso’s “Guernica” or Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”.  I’m talking about being up on a ladder in the baking sun painting one of four sides of my house.  It’s tedious, expensive, and can be difficult.  But in reaction to this article, it’s extremely important.

I still have PTSD from that one magical summer my dad decided that the family can save a bundle by painting our own house rather than hiring out.  So my brother, sister and I all got our own brushes and were put to work whenever we made eye contact with my Dad during summer vacation.  Yeah my allowance increased, but it just. Wasn’t. Worth. It.

HomeAdvisor.com says that not only is painting a house critical in a home’s appearance, but it also serves as primary lines of defense against weather and bugs.  A fresh coat of paint is a no-brainer in home renovation.  But before you make the commitment you want to make sure you’re painting a color that’ll look good for the foreseeable future!

The best thing to do at this point is learn from others.  Drive around your community really analyzing your neighbors’ exterior paint.  Learn from what you hate just as much as learning from what you like.  Then get a free sample and paint a section of the house to test it out.  Let it get weathered, look at it at all hours of the day.  Once you’ve decided, get painting!

Painting is a tough job, but the reward far outweighs the labor.  A fresh coat of paint can revitalize the entire look of a home.  The right paint job can accentuate a home’s best features and take years off the home’s life, making your home the envy of the community.

For more information, read the article here.

Thanks for the info MIBOR!


Posted on July 31, 2019 at 7:06 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Homeowner, Inspection, Selling, Uncategorized |

8 Important Summer Home Improvement Tasks

 

 

 

 

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Summer is officially here! Which means summer barbecues, pool parties, summer vacations and so much. But before you go into full summer mode, don’t forget these important home maintenance tasks to help keep your home in shape all summer long. See below for tips provided by realtor.com.

 

  1. Maintain your refrigerator
    1. To keep your refrigerator running efficiently in these hot months, you’ll want to vacuum and clean the condenser coils, defrost the freezer, and clean the seals around the door.
  2. Keep expanding wood from causing cracks
    1. Inspect the seals around your windows, roof, door frames, vents, ducts, and outdoor faucets, and take note of any cracking. Call in the pros:If the rim around your doors or windows looks screwy, an expert can fix the problem. Expect to pay about $160 to fix an exterior door, depending on the severity of the damage.
  3. Bust out the power or pressure washer
    1. Months of harsh weather have probably left your siding and hardscaping looking a little dingy. A power washer can do wonders!
  4. Give your washing machine a break
    1. Just like your fridge, your washing machine deserves some TLC during summer—especially if you have kids. All of those dirty sports jerseys and mud-soaked pants give the machine a serious workout. Check your hoses for leaks, and clean your lint filter, too.
  5. Declutter your lawn
    1. Scan your yard: Do you have any tall piles of wood, or uncleared corners of brush? “Bugs and other pests make a resurgence as the weather gets warmer,” Ricks says. These areas “provide pests cool, dark places to escape the heat.” Clear them immediately!
  6. Wash your window screens
  7. Reseal your deck
    1. Ready to host summer barbecues? Make sure your deck is ready, too.
  8. …and don’t forget your driveway
    1. To start, give your driveway a good power wash. Once it’s dry, fill in any cracks or holes with asphalt filler. Then give the whole driveway a fresh coat of sealant.

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Posted on June 28, 2019 at 4:38 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Buying, Homeowner, Inspection |

How to Prevent Water Damage to your Home

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Did you know that when 1″ of rain falls on a 2,000 square foot roof, 1,250 gallons of water pours from the roof? That’s a ton of water. Actually, that’s five tons of water. Now we claim no special expertise in math, but this is a pretty simple calculation – if the home has four downspouts, there are over 300 gallons of water dumping near the foundation in four different areas.

If an area receives only 4″ inches of rain per month, the roof sheds 60,000 gallons of water annually.

At the risk of stating the obvious, it is critical to control water draining from the roof and divert the water away from the foundation walls to prevent water penetration. You must take preventive and, in some cases, corrective measures, to keep water where it belongs – away from your home.

For more information on protecting your home from water damage, click here.

Thanks for sharing this helpful information US Inspect. If you have questions or need advice, give Lori Flynn Realty a call – 317-384-4712!


Posted on June 15, 2019 at 5:58 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Homeowner, Inspection |

Preparing Your Inspection Response

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After the inspection, you and your realtor will both review the inspection report. You will then work together to prepare your inspection response. In the response you will ask for items that you would like to seller to take care of prior to closing. Don’t forget, this is another point of negotiation throughout the homebuying process. It is important to remember that this is a time to ask for MAJOR DEFECTS to be repaired, not nit-picky items.

According to Indiana law, defect means a condition that would have a significant adverse effect on the value of the property, that would significantly impair the health or safety of future occupants of the property, or that if not repaired, removed, or replaced would significantly shorten or adversely affect the expected normal life of the premises.

The inspection response is a point of negotiation throughout the homebuying process. You and your realtor will work together to make sure your priorities are taken care of during the inspection negotiations. This is just one more reason it’s important to have a realtor you trust to do the best job for you.

If you have any questions, get a hold of us! 317-384-4712 or lflynn(at)c21scheetz.com


Posted on February 25, 2019 at 6:04 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Buying, Inspection |