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Overland Park Home Maintenance

What’s Your Overland Park Home Fitness Plan?

It’s 2018 and you’ve joined the gym but what about your Overland Park home fitness plan? On a scale of 1-10, how fit is your home? Does your home shape up or do you need to do a few things around there to snap it into shape also?

An easy Overland Park home fitness plan  

Every 1st Friday I blog about home maintenance projects for local homes. Why? Mainly because as my first time buyers, Madhur and Taru alluded to when they took me to lunch, as first time homeowners, they didn’t know what they didn’t know when it comes to maintaining a home. That was a signal that I needed to help educate homeowners on what they need to do to take care of their homes on a monthly basis. It’s your easy honey do list for the month.

Home fitness financial guidelines

A good rule of thumb when it comes to your budget for home maintenance is you should spend about 1% of your home’s value on maintaining and updating your home every year. So if you have a $300,000 home, you should be spending about $3,000 a year to maintain it. You can open a separate house savings account for emergencies or projects. You’ll be glad you did when emergency situations occur.

It reminds me of a house I listed two years ago and the sellers told me proudly that there was “nothing wrong with the house.” While it looked in good order, the home inspections turned up nothing but trouble. There was a huge, long list of things the inspector found not only to be wrong but also unsafe.

Buyers don’t want to buy a money pit

While I’m representing the seller throughout the transaction, it’s often hard to negotiate your way through a contract when there are a lot of problems with the house. Unfortunately, buyers don’t want to buy a house that they think is going to be a money pit. Come to find out, Mr. Seller had made most of the repairs himself over the years but many of them weren’t done correctly. That’s a hard pill for a Mr. Seller to swallow. It’s a huge blow to a seller’s ego when another man condemns or criticizes his work. At the end of the day, selling a home is very emotional for all parties involved, but it’s still a business transaction that needs to be resolved.

When I ask my sellers, “How fit is your Overland Park home?” they look at me like I’m crazy. Having an Overland Park home fitness plan will save you lots of time and money. It’s always easier and less costly to repair than replace.

Friday home maintenance tips

Be sure to check out my Friday blogs on Overland Park Home Maintenance. Last January I received a call from a guy who was out of town but owned a house in Overland Park. He was calling me for a referral for a plumber to handle an issue of a possible frozen pipe. He said, “I found you on the Internet in a blog post about freezing pipes. I gave him a referral to my favorite plumber and also recommended who he shouldn’t call. That alone reminded me why I continue to educate homeowners about caring for their homes. I’m always here to help and have a full team of reasonably priced home repair people to be of service as well.

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