After cooler-than-normal temperatures, it’s welcome news that we’ll be enjoying temperatures in 70s and 80s this weekend in North Texas.
And, you can bet that with our spring weather potential buyers will increasingly be out and about discovering homes for sale across the region. Not surprisingly, those with the best “curb appeal” are often the first to sell.
Buyers often pass quick judgment on a property based on its drive-up appeal. A small investment in time and money to spruce up your property’s appearance could mean fewer days on the market and a higher sales price.
Below are a few areas in particular on which you should focus:
* For a burst of color, plant spring flowers.
* Tidy up your gardens.
* Remove glass from light fixtures around your home’s front door and clean thoroughly.
* Wash down your front door. If the sun has faded the paint, consider repainting.
* Clean and polish your front door’s hardware. Replace it if necessary.
* Check your house numbers. Are they still in good shape and visible from the street? If not, replace them.
* Wash the windows. If this isn’t your strong suit, hire a professional.
* Check your roof to make sure no shingles are missing or damaged.
* Remove debris from your gutters and drain spouts.
* Clean your patio furniture. You want potential buyers to be able to visualize your outdoor living area’s potential.
If you’re considering listing your home, contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about how to prepare it to sell in today’s ultra-competitive market and how Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate will market your home, both locally and globally, to produce the most-favorable results for you. To get started, visit daveperrymiller.com.
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One of the most common problems reported to plumbers by homeowners is when a dishwasher won’t drain. While it can be scary to open the dishwasher door and see standing water at the bottom, it isn’t always a plumbing emergency. In fact, you may be able to correct the problem yourself without professional help.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR DISHWASHER WON’T DRAIN
If draining your dishwasher is an issue, here are eight simple techniques to try at home.
1. RUN THE DISPOSAL
A full garbage disposal or an air gap in a connecting hose can prevent water from properly draining out of the dishwasher. Simply running the disposal for about 30 seconds may fix the issue.
2. CHECK FOR BLOCKAGES
Check the bottom of the dishwasher to make sure that an item or pieces of food haven’t fallen from the rack to block the water flow.
3. LOAD THE DISHWASHER CORRECTLY
Make sure you’re loading the dishwasher correctly. Read the manufacturers’ instructions or owner’s manual for tips and directions on how to load dishes for best results.
4. CLEAN OR CHANGE THE FILTER
You may have a clogged dishwasher filter that’s preventing water from draining. Many homeowners don’t realize that dishwasher filters need to be cleaned regularly. Check your owner’s manual to see where the filter is located on your dishwasher, and for instructions on how and when to clean it. For many dishwashers, the filter can be found on the inside bottom of the appliance.
5. INSPECT THE DRAIN HOSE
Check the drain hose connecting to the sink and garbage disposal. Straighten any kinks that you may see, which could be causing the problem. Blow through the hose or poke a wire hanger through to check for clogs. Make sure the hose seal is tight, too.
6. DOUBLE-CHECK THE DRAIN VALVE
Inspect the drain valve found on the valve bracket, often located at the bottom of the machine. Push on the valve to make sure it moves freely and isn’t stuck.
7. TRY VINEGAR AND BAKING SODA
Mix together about one cup each of baking soda and vinegar and pour the mixture into the standing water at the bottom of the dishwasher. Leave for about 20 minutes. If the water is draining or starting to drain at that time, rinse with hot water and then run the dishwasher’s rinse cycle. That may be enough to help loosen any clogs or debris that are preventing the dishwasher from draining properly.
8. LISTEN TO YOUR MACHINE WHILE IT’S RUNNING
Listen to your dishwasher while it’s running a cycle. If it doesn’t make the usual operating sounds, particularly if it’s making a humming or clicking noise, the drain pump and motor may need replacing. If this occurs, it may be time to call a professional for help.
HOW TO PROPERLY DRAIN A DISHWASHER
If you need to clear standing water at the bottom of a dishwasher, here’s how to drain it:
Line the floor under the dishwasher with towels or newspaper.
With a measuring cup or a large ladle, scoop the water from the bottom into a bowl or the sink.
When the water becomes too shallow to scoop, soak up the remaining moisture with cloth or paper towels.
Always make sure that you’re using the right type of dish detergent per manufacturer’s directions, to avoid clogging the drain. Taking some preventative steps to keep your dishwasher running smoothly can also help you avoid drainage issues in the future.
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Homes selling above asking price, numerous offers for the same property, hip-pocket listings shared only by word of mouth – it’s no secret that the North Texas housing market is booming.
To help you navigate these unprecedented home-buying and selling waters, we polled Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Associates and collected their top tips for today’s buyers and sellers.
Buyer’s Tips *Be qualified. Pre-plan financing by meeting with a mortgage lender ahead of time and receive a pre-approval letter that may be submitted when you make a written offer. “Less paperwork and more personal attention” is more than a saying at Home Team Mortgage Company, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s affiliated mortgage source. Contact Home Team Mortgage Company for a frustration-free experience from loan application to decision.
* Act quickly. In a hot market, acting slowly or sleeping on it may cost you the opportunity to buy the home of your dreams. If you’ve found a home you’d be thrilled with, don’t wait to submit an offer – other buyers will likely be doing the same.
* Offer a compelling price. Sellers often price their homes based on historical sold data or appraisals, and in a strong market where prices are rising rapidly, homes may sell for the listing price or higher. Study the sold comps, but also compare the house you want to other homes on the market, and ask yourself, “What price am I willing to pay, and at what price am I willing to lose this house?”
Seller’s Tips * Market to everyone near and far. You have the best chance of selling your home for the highest price by exposing it to the largest number of potential buyers. When you list your home with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, it will enjoy worldwide exposure on daveperrymiller.com.
* Respond and keep momentum. There is an old adage that time kills deals. A buyer’s interest is at a peak level at the time he or she submits an offer, so keep the momentum going, choose the best offer, and respond promptly in writing.
* Don’t be greedy. If a buyer offers an acceptable price and terms, sign the offer and your Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Associate will schedule a closing appointment and expertly guide you through the home-inspection and closing process.
Have a buying or selling question not addressed in this post? Contact one of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s offices and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.