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4 Holiday Safety Tips & Touch-ups for Around the Home

Thanksgiving, Christmas and many other holidays bring families together for many reasons. Use these holiday safety tips and touch ups for around the home as you prepare for your special get-together.

#1: Test smoke detectors (or add if missing)

We all hear about the most common safety issue every year during each holiday, stove and gas fires. Check all existing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (especially in the kitchen) on each floor of the home, replace any batteries, and add any alarms/detectors where not present already. If you have not already, consider replacing traditional smoke detectors with a smoke and carbon monoxide combination alarm.

#2: Fix or replace broken electrical outlet covers

Replacing any broken electrical outlets is a simple, cheap, and effective way to help keep your family safe. GFCI outlets should be present in all kitchens and bathrooms for over current protection and to help reduce the chance of shock hazards. 

Check along each interior room for any broken outlet plates, especially low areas in the home that are accessible to children. Having a screwdriver handy, tighten any loose plates, make note of which need to be replaced, and head out to your local hardware store!

#3: Clear any tripping hazards & add safety guards along fireplaces

As family and guests arrive, it’s easy to get caught up in all of your obligations that may result in overlooking simple safety risks, such as tripping hazards. By planning ahead, clearing space, adding safety guards along fireplace masonry, and even temporarily re-organizing high traffic areas, your home will become instantly safer. 

Add a shoe rack (permanently or temporarily) near the entrance door, pick up any electrical cords, Christmas lights or other items which may be tripping hazards. You never know, it may prevent an unnecessary trip to the emergency room.

#4: Check water and gas connections

The last thing any of us want to deal with on a busy holiday is fix broken items, or even worse, schedule an emergency repair. Leaks, backups, and clogs are more susceptible with higher traffic in areas, such as the restroom. 

Check and tighten any fixture connections, clear the P-trap, and scan your water heater and furnace. Don’t forget the basement connections...when’s the last time you checked those anyway?

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Tips & Tricks for Online Real Estate Sales & Auctions

This is a very brief example of how to identify, research, and make an informed decision regarding bargain online real estate investment properties. 

  •  Drive by the home and compare current condition to the provided photos
  •  Contact previous buyers and ask for their feedback regarding working with the seller
  •  Many sellers who do purchase in bulk have not seen the property. Find photos of the inside of the home (or attempt to view the inside when driving by the property). With a quit claim deed, there is no guarantee that the property is in livable condition, let alone a wise investment.
  • Contact the county assessor and deed record office to confirm the liens, current owner, deed holder, and verify the property is actually for sale.
  • Contact people who have been involved with any other previous property transfers with the same company (find pre-existing deed transfer records for other properties in the same area). 
  •  Contact the seller listed on the tax record by phone to speak with them directly.
  • Contact the business owner (if any) and confirm that they are currently selling the property.
  • Speak with neighbors near the potential home and gather their thoughts on neighborhood activity, vacancy rates, and safety (for example).
  • Contact a real estate agent or appraisal office to determine potential value.  
  •  Follow up accordingly based on your findings through supplemental research.
  • Establish an action plan of what you will do with the property. Are you going to fix and flip, straight flip, rent out, or live in the home yourself?
  • Have your cash or payment lined up for yourself after detailed communication with the selling property.  

Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you along the way in your next potential property investment purchase from eBay or any other online auction site.  Remember to always Know the Home Before You Buy with a Home Fax Report from Nationwide Home Fax! Then don’t forget your home inspection from Home Fax Inspections. See how else we can help you in your next purchase, investment, or rental property today. 

Home Fax Inspections is a MI licensed, bonded and insured home inspection company with professional residential and commercial property inspectors servicing the Metro-Detroit, Michigan area with house inspections and home inspections for Buyers, Sellers, Agents, Realtors and more for local and non-local requests by appointment in all Michigan cities within Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, Livingston, Monroe, Lapeer, Livingston, St. Clair and Genesee County, Michigan