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Top Tulsa Home Projects You Should Never DIY

We all love to do things ourselves. There are a lot of benefits when we DIY projects at home. First is of course the savings we can get from labor costs. Second, is a project we can personalize and really do with our hands. Third, is getting to do things with your family to make the home your own.

But, with every home project, there certain things that just need to be left to professionals. As much as we may love doing things ourselves, once we embark on theseactivities, we may end up losing and wasting that enjoying of DIY.

To give you an idea of what to leave to the pros, here are some examples of home activities you should probably avoid DIY’ing:

  • Cutting trees – While a small limb here and there is simple enough. It can be a huge mistake to try to cut down a full tree on your own. If you have to do this project it’s best to ask a professional to handle it. The last thing you want is to miscalculate the fall and have a new roof ornament.
  • Doing electrical work – Unless you are a certified professional electrician or have done electrical works before (preferably with the supervision of one), don’t attempt to touch those cords! Electrical work is a lot more complicated than it may seem and experimenting on cutting and putting cords together can risk putting off power in your entire block at best… and sending you to the hospital at worse.
  • Building and breaking a wall – Whether you break it or you build it, don’t do it yourself. Or if you do it yourself, be sure to consult a professional to identify if your wall is load bearing or not. Working with walls requires special tools and strategy so you don’t end up damaging your home’s foundation orbringing down the roof/second floor.
  • Renovations that require a permit – We are talkingmajor home renovations that the city needs to know and may require you to secure a permit. Oftentimes, they also would like to check professional ID’s or licenses in doing some of the work so best to know first and comply.
  • Removal of asbestos – If you have asbestos problems, hire a professional to deal with it. These are harmful elements that can be detrimental to your health if you are not careful with their disposal. It is like it will end up costing you more if you do not leave it to the professionals.

Repairing your roof – This is especially true if you have never been up on a roof! It is risky and dangerous and can also end uphurting those who are below. So if you are a beginner or have no-experience in this at all, best to leave this one to the pros.

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

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Top Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Home

Spring is in the air! The flowers are starting to bloom outside and the wind is starting to blow warm and softly.Your house needs a breath of fresh air! Being shut up for months during winter definitely requires a little breather and a little Spring-cleaning. So get your cleaning tools ready, mark a day (or weekend) to focus on your home and let’s start sprucing!

Here are some tips on how you can be more effective when it comes to your spring-cleaning activity:

  • Dust off your carpets and rugs. Dirt and dust accumulate on these floor mats so take them off the floor, sweep them up and swat them outside to thoroughly remove the dust accumulated during winter.
  • Get rid of lime build up. This works for your bathroom faucets, shower heads and kitchen sink, where lime can build up and be harder to remove. Use a cleaner that is meant for bathroom and kitchen limes so it is easier and safer to use. You will notice the difference immediately next time you turn that fixture on.
  • Wipe down your cabinet surfaces. Use a clean rag to wipe off surfaces of your cabinets.Not just in your kitchens but also in your bedrooms and dining room. Use water and mild detergents or a little lemon while drying it off with a clean cloth for a fresh spring-scent!
  • Vacuum the floors. Sweeping the floors may seem good but vacuuming off dust can be better. Make sure to vacuum underneath furniture as well – especially under the couch and beds. These areas can be neglected and the winter heater may push dust under these larger items.
  • Wash windows and exterior walls. It is not enough just to clean indoors. You should also, consider washing off exterior walls from the dirt and build up of the winter season. Wash your windows with power washers versus just wiping off with a cleaner. If you haven’t washed your surfaces with a power washer before… be prepared to literally take years off of your home!
  • Clean your lighting fixtures. These are often the most overlooked part of the house. But lighting fixtures can also accumulate dust like no other. Wipe your fixtures carefully with a clean, almost-dry cloth to remove dust properly.
  • Air out pillows and bedding. It is time to put pillows, comforters, even thin mattresses out for a little fresh air. Hang these items outside for a time and let the spring in.
  • Seal the floors. Finally, if you have time to do so, seal your floors (especially outside decking) for added protection. This will keep your floors looking new and protected from dirt and other elements to easily build up as spring storms hit and plants begin to bud-out.

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

Keeping Your Bathroom Safe for the Children

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Safety is an upmost priority when it comes to our children. We do not want them getting injured or suffering pain in anyway! Therefore, inside the house, we always want to make sure that everything is secured so our kids can explore the house without us worrying.

One commonly overlooked safety concern in the home, is the bathroom. From slick floors and walls to slippery shampoos and bottles laying around – the bathroom can be a hazardous space for our little ones. So, how do you keep your bathroom safe for your children? Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind!

  • Keep it dry. Decrease the risk of slip and sliding inside the bathroom due to the wet floor. Dry any water spills as soon as they happen, and keep some non-slip rugs and mats in and around the tub/shower.
  • Supervise your little ones when inside the bathroom. Always accompany them, or have their older siblings stay with them. This will assist the little ones when they have to do their business to not risk any accident when they are alone.
  • Ventilate the room. Mold is not your friend! It is important that air is properly circulated inside the bathroom so you can reduce the risk of growing unwanted bacteria and mold. Make sure you have either a small window to open to let moist air out or install an exhaust fan for proper ventilation.
  • Store medicines and cleaners properly. Do not allow these things to lie around as kids can become curious and get their hands on them. Medicines should be stored inside the medicine cabinet above the sink.
  • Maintain the water temperature. Regulate your water temperature so as not to risk scalding. Check the water yourself – and teach older children how to check the water for their siblings too. A little preparation and education will go a long way on this one.
  • Unplug and store properly electronic devices. If you have a hair dryer, electric shaver or other electronics in the bathroom, do not leave them plugged. Unplug after use and store in a safe place so kids will not get their hands on them unsupervised.
  • Install good lighting. Make the place bright so your family can see where they are going. Keeping a light-sensitive nightlight in the bathroom is not only beneficial for finding your way around at night, but it will also help your children should they need to use the restroom when everyone is asleep.

 

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

Relocate or Renovate: Which is Better?

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To relocate or to renovate? Despite the countless home renovation and sale shows on TV – it all really depends on you! There is no definite answer to this question as every circumstance is different. Depending on your family needs, budget capacity and preference, you may choose to move to another home or simply renovate your current space.

The needs of your family change as your kids grow up and demands for space are increasing. There are also other factors that may come into play, like wishing to upgrade your home lifestyle. No matter what you reason is, the final answer will always depend on your circumstances.

So, before you decide to renovate or to relocate, here is a list of pro’s and con’s to consider.

Renovate:

Advantages

  • Familiar neighborhood – You and your family are already familiar with your neighbors and your commute time is already something you have been living with. No adjustment needed here.
  • Customize your home – You can personalize your home according to what you want.
  • Cheaper – Cost of renovation is cheaper than buying a brand new home, that is, depending on your plan of renovation. Overhauling the kitchen, all bathrooms, and adding a pool will certainly add up!
  • Can be done gradually, per room or per project – You can choose to do your home renovations gradually and per project. You can start this year with the bedrooms and next year, the kitchen as time and budget will permit.

Disadvantages

  • Renovation hassle – There is a greater hassle in having your home renovated. You need to store renovation materials, manage waste and deal with different contractors coming in and out of your home.
  • Construction risk – Safety risk is greater considering that there are materials and tools involved in your home. Therefore if you have children, their ages may come into play.
  • Fewer financial options – There are only a few financial options when it comes to renovation so many home renovations normally start with their owners capital.

Relocate:

Advantages

  • Starting fresh – Moving to a new home can give you and your family a new place with a new beginning.
  • New environment to explore – With a brand new neighborhood, there will be a lot to explore. You can enjoy finding your new favorite nearby shops, restaurants, parks, etc.
  • Offers practical solution for major overhauls – If your home needs a major overhaul, moving to a new house will be more practical than upgrading a major part of the house.
  • Better financial options – Banks offer more financial options for home loans
  • Having a dedicated helper – obtaining a top-notch Realtor (we are of course happy to help!) during your home search will remove so much of the headache from you as they will help you find your home, set up inspections, even suggest vendors for upgrades and familiarize you with the area.

Disadvantages

  • Moving hassle – There is the hassle of packing and unpacking of your things, not to mention the risk in logistics. Everyone has had something break or be damaged in a move – it just comes with the turf.
  • Family adjusting to new the environment – You and your family will have to adjust to the new neighborhood, meet new local friends and perhaps start a new school if you are switching districts.

Starting a new financial loan – With the new home, especially if you are upgrading, you will have to start a new loan to pay every month (if your current mortgage is paid off already).

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

Preparing Your Home Garden for Spring Planting

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The time for flowers to begin blooming and greenery to start to push its way out from the soil is upon us – yes, Spring is nearly here! Little buds will gradually turn into beautiful blooms while bees and butterflies start to make their way from one plant to another.

Indeed, Spring is a lovely time for gardening and many home owners desire to have a spring garden one of their own.

In order to create your own backyard paradise this spring season, it is time to start preparing your garden, now. Proper preparation will help improve your soil and plants and make sure your garden blooms all season long. Here are a few tips to help get you and your garden ready:

  • Start planting your garden. Know what seeds to plant and begin creating a plan. Envision how you want your garden to look. A little planning will help you buy in bulk and save money on plant and flower discounts as they arise.
  • Clear off your flowerbed. Remove weeds, dead leaves, twigs and other obstacles that may not be beneficial to your plants. Clear off from the top, and for an extra boost – aerate a few inches of the soil.
  • Collect your garden tools. It helps to have everything you need by the time you need to start. Begin to collect whatever tools you may need to plant so you can work on your garden when the time comes, instead of spending the time hunting for that spade you used last year.
  • Plant indoors. Prepare your seeds by planting them in a small planter and storing them indoors. When it is time to plant on your garden, you can easily transfer these small sprouts.
  • Hunt for pests. These are major plant eaters and will feast on your plants before you start seeing them bloom. Hunt them down on your soil and get rid of these pests before planting.
  • Begin working on your compost. This is important to help fertilize your soil and keep your plants thriving. Don’t throw it away if you can compost it!

Fix your garden gates and structures. Make sure your trellis are properly supported and in good shape. Add fences as well to protect your plants from small animals or being trampled. It’s difficult for plants to grow if they have no direction or protection.

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

Ways to Prepare for Homeownership

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Everyone wants to own their dream home! The idea of having a piece of property to call your very own makes people more motivated to look for ways they can be closer to getting their dream home.

Homeownership is a huge deal, not just emotionally and mentally – but also financially. People feel excited to own their own home but it entails a major financial responsibility before you can get from point A to point B. Therefore it is crucial to prepare yourselves before you jump seriously into looking to purchase a home.

Here are a few ways to prepare yourself for home ownership:

  • Talk to your family. Talk to the people who may be involved in this huge financial responsibility. Make sure your family agrees with you so they can be more supportive in you buying a house and agree to make whatever sacrifices are necessary once the home is purchased.
  • Know your credit standing. Do you have a good credit score? Are you capable of having a home loan? Are you qualified for a home loan? Talking to a local lender will be your best bet for developing a plan from the financial angle. No need to go it alone!
  • Understand the financial risks involved. Evaluate the financial implications of owning a house. This means understanding the responsibility of having a monthly mortgage. Understand the compromises that you adopt to budget in your home loan. Assess your current household finances and then add in your projected new payment. If you are renting – aim for a payment equal to, or not much greater than your rent to avoid financial stress and hardship.
  • Create a financial buffer. Your home mortgage is not the only expense that you need to consider when thinking of buying a house. There are also the costs of closing on the home, moving, and needed expenses for repairs and renovations as may occur.

Look for a good realtor. In every process of homeownership, you need all the help you can get! Especially from someone who knows his or her way around the market. Work with a reliable real estate agent so you can get your dream house and reduce your time and effort in searching on your own.

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

Saving Money While Cooking in Your Kitchen

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Those who love to cook can relate to the idea of preparing the best meals every time for your family! However, practical reality can set in when you look at the bills for all of those gourmet meals.

For those homes who want to have good food on the table while also saving money when cooking, it is important to be a little more practical when it comes to food preparation so that your family can always enjoy the food you cook.

So, here are a few tips on how you can save money when cooking in the kitchen:

  • Know what you need to cook. One of the most practical ways to save money in cooking is to plan your meals! This will give you an idea of what to buy in the grocery store, what to use in your pantry and how many hours you need for food preparation. It will reduce excess ingredients as well as expedite preparation hours in the kitchen.
  • Combine cooking. If you plan to have the same meals for the multiple days, cook your food in bulk. It will save you time in food preparation while also saving energy and resources in doing two preparations. Or, if you need to cook two kinds of food with a similar method, do it together.
  • Know what method of cooking to use. You can broil, steam, fry, slow cook, bake or barbecue. These methods produce great tasting food… in bulk.

Reduce waste. Food going to waste literally means throwing money in the trash!So, while you cook for your family or for yourself, always think about leftovers or food waste. Make sure you minimize by only cooking what is needed – or have a sizable freezer to store leftovers for another time!

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

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