JB: Good morning and welcome to Triad Real Estate 911 with your host Jason Bramblett. I am JB and for the next half hour, we are going to be talking all things real estate with Jason. If you want to participate, we are live in the studio. Give us a call at (336) 553-0796. With that we say good morning to the host, Mr. Jason Bramblett. Good morning.

Jason: Good morning, sir. How are we doing?

JB: We are excellent. How about you?

Jason: Little chilly.

JB: Little chilly compared to what you have been used to the last couple of days.

Jason: Little chilly out there. I was thinking this morning it was like wow, I just leave for a week and you all just turn everything all upside down.

JB: We invited fall back in, I guess.

Jason: You did. You did. It is good. It is about half the temperature it was yesterday where I was. It was good. All kinds of election fun, kind of craziness going on. And you guys have just been having a good old time here. But that is okay. That is okay. It has been good. It is great to live in a country where you actually have a voice that can be heard.

JB: That is right.

Jason: I just left one where hmmm, not so much.

JB: Now tell everybody where you were.

Jason: Well, south. How about that?

JB: You were south.

Jason: We will leave it at that.

JB: Okay. That is good.

Jason: You could probably figure it out after that. It is interesting getting different perspectives. Until you actually get outside, some of the guys I tease them. I say, well now you have been to two countries. You have been here, and you have been to Alabama. Right?

JB: Right.

Jason: It is hard to get a perspective of how great we have it here when you are, it is kind of like, I think I shared this a week or two ago, the old Chinese proverb. It is hard to know how the water is if you ask the fish.

JB: Yeah.

Jason: Because they just do not know.

JB: That is right.

Jason: That is kind of how it is if you have never left the country. You do not really know how well and how awesome we have it in America until you –

JB: We take it for granted.

Jason: Yeah, until you go get educated somewhere that the rules are different.

JB: Right.

Jason: Not only are the rules different, but you do not have any way to change them. It is tough. America is a great place to be. If you have not experienced a short-term missions trip to get out and about to check out different things, highly, highly encourage it.

JB: There you go.

Jason: Real estate, real estate, where are thou in the world?

JB: Yeah.

Jason: It is that time, and everybody has been, it has been interesting. I have been reading lots of different things coming through. You get back and you get eighteen hundred and fifty thousand emails, and so you are reading through it and just kind of getting an idea. But wow, busy. I am actually kind of surprised that it is still cranking along pretty good.

JB: The fourth quarter is rocking, man.

Jason: It is. So, we are excited about that. Keep pushing along and now that we have got the elections behind us, oh by the way, you are going to see something cool. All these Vote Here billboards or Go Vote or whatever –

JB: Yeah.

Jason: You might see a new message coming next week.

JB: Uh oh.

Jason: It might be interesting.

JB: Is that right?

Jason: I do not know. You might see something change there.

JB: Oh okay.

Jason: So, keep a lookout.

JB: All right.

Jason: Keep a lookout. Fun stuff happening, and of course, Thanksgiving just around the corner. Isn’t that amazing?

JB: It is.

Jason: It is just here. Ready or not, here we go.

JB: Well, it is going to be what? A week from Thursday that is coming up? Is that right?

Jason: Yes.

JB: Wow.

Jason: Yeah, it is like right on the money. Here we go. Which is going to be interesting.

JB: That is right.

Jason: So, we are going to talk a little bit about holidays and real estate and what to do, what not to do, and how to deep fry your turkey a little bit –

JB: Hey.

Jason: -- and where not to do it. I can think of one place. Your frozen turkey for sure. It is good to be back and definitely blessed to be here in America and just have the freedom to be able to get on here and just talk shop and real estate and see if we can help some people.

JB: Well, talking about talking shop, we got an email. Do you have time for us to jump into an email here?

Jason: Let’s do it. Let’s do it.

JB: All right. It says Jason, Mr. Bramblett actually. They called Mister, so.

Jason: That is a loaded question right there.

JB: It says Mr. Bramblett, I am getting the house ready for the spring market. Of course, we are calling your firm when ready, but my question – should I get the roof cleaned? I have black streaks on the shingles and I believe that you said that it is possible to get them removed. Now is that still money well spent? That is the question. Thank you, Bud in Summerfield.

Jason: Okay, well Bud is, he is smart in two ways.

JB: Yep.

Jason: He is checking first, and he is going to call us when he is ready to sell the house.

JB: Well, there you go. And he called you Mister, too.

Jason: There you go. That is the only scary part. Usually when they start out with the Mister it is like something is coming.

JB: No. It is a good question.

Jason: It is a good question, Bud. Thank you for sending it in. The issue with the black streaks from what I understand with roofing companies is it is really not, it is just a natural thing that happens in the South.

JB: Right.

Jason: It is not like do or die or any big deal. The issue really is 60-63% of the people buying houses have never owned one before.

JB: That is right.

Jason: And they get a little bit, well, they get a little bit scared.

JB: Yeah.

Jason: They just do not have the resources being first-time homebuyers or they are just not going to go out there and wing it and say well, it may be okay, but I do not want to be the guy that proves the theory wrong. Right?

JB: Right. That is right.

Jason: A lot of times, they just, it is a visual they cannot get past. So, to have that removed gives you a better chance attracting 60% of the buyers to say hey, I kind of like the way your house looks. And let’s face it, that is how we shop.

JB: That is right.

Jason: I do not have people sending in email requests or calling the office saying come show me the worst house you have. I could, but they do not call. We could do it. I can find one for you. I promise you. I am confident of that. It is just not what they want.

JB: Right.

Jason: When you write out a list, you are not like I want a streaked roof, I want the gutters full. I want the carpet worn so much it is threadbare.

JB: I want the bushes outside above the windows where you cannot see out of them.

Jason: Yeah, right.

JB: I want the grass about two or three feet high in the front yard. Kick up rabbits.

Jason: Right. They do not call saying do you have anything with some rotted wood. I am really interested in that. No. I am kind of kidding, but I am kind of not.

JB: Right.

Jason: Because some of you guys could walk around your house and go man, I have got all that. The problem is nobody is looking for it.

JB: Somebody is going wait, you been in my house?

Jason: Exactly. Exactly. Here is the thing. It is that visual, and these new buyers, these first-time homebuyers are just, they are not going to do it. It is tough for them to overcome that. They are not going to do that. That is why we see them migrating toward new homes. New homes with warranties. Why? Risk assessment. Some of them are actually, well, not some of them, a lot of them are really smart. They know they do not have the skill set to fix certain things.

JB: Right.

Jason: They want the warranties there. They want something new that is going to last them 10, 15, 20, 30 years or longer. It is just what we see. So, in my opinion, the streaks, for just a few hundred bucks to get rid of it, is money well spent –

JB: Absolutely.

Jason: -- because you are going to appeal to so many more people visually and then also just from an economic standpoint, you have got these young kids that have limited funds that are buying homes. So, 60% of your audience potentially is in that wheelhouse. Why not? We use Whitman Home Renewal. They do a phenomenal job. They do all my houses, everyone I ever buy. They go in and clean it up and make it look fantastic.

JB: Right.

Jason: It is amazing how dirty your house is and when Chris and his team gets done with it, you are like really? You did not paint that? It is just –

JB: That good.

Jason: Yeah, it is really amazing what they can do. So, Bud, to your question, absolutely I think getting your roof cleaned is a phenomenal idea. You may not want to do it now if you are looking at the spring. That is maybe something you do a week or two before you put the house on the market.

JB: Right.

Jason: But probably there are other things going on around the house you could do, right?

JB: That is right.

Jason: There is always that.

JB: There is always something.

Jason: There is always that honey-do list out there. Think about that. First-time homebuyers, they are nervous about buying a house. So, there are other things that you can think about. These folks that are buying now, this demographic is 25 to early 40s, but a lot of them, if you do the math backwards and looks at when the market downturned, these are the guys that a lot of them were teenagers. They watched their friends or their families or somebody, some of kind of get the place, move this place to another location, not by choice –

JB: Yep.

Jason: -- and their guard is up.

JB: They are nervous.

Jason: They are. They are nervous because they know the pain of the situation, maybe not the understanding of the reason why.

JB: Right.

Jason: Especially at that time. Ultimately at the end of the day you get foreclosed on for lack of payment is why you, they do not care if your house has rotted wood for the most part. But when you stop paying, they do have a no-pay-no-stay rule –

JB: Yeah.

Jason: Yeah, you do have to vacate.

JB: Yep.

Jason: But that is something that is in the back of a lot of these young people’s minds, and they do not think about maybe some of those other situations, and they are just approaching it from a very cautious standpoint. Some of you guys, unfortunately, have been slack on your maintenance. We have talked about it for years and years and years. These are the kids that are coming along, and I should not just say kids, but people in general, they do not want your problems. Nobody wants to go buy a car that doglegs to the right. They just do not want to do it. Nobody wants to buy a car that starts every other day.

JB: Right.

Jason: The same with your house. They do not want to buy your house because you have not maintained your heating and cooling system. It is one of the things that most people ask. What are the service records for the house? What company did they use to maintain the heating and cooling system? Most of the time it is crickets. They are like we never had a problem, so we never did anything. It is not a maintenance-free product. Just like your car –

JB: Right.

Jason: -- is not a maintenance-free, it has a motor. It has systems in it that need to be maintained. Just because it blows out hot air cold air and it did it for the past six years, you still need to maintain it. There are still things in there that need to be cleaned and looked at and all that kind of stuff.

JB: Right.

Jason: Some of you guys have fallen into the trap of maxing out your payments and you have not left any room for maintenance.

JB: Right.

Jason: You went all in on your principle and interest, right, because that is what the bank allowed you to do.

JB: That is right.

Jason: But you did not necessarily leave anything to fix some stuff, and you forgot that houses need maintenance all the time unfortunately.

JB: That is right.

Jason: And you have got to budget that stuff in there. Carpet replacement, roof replacement, hot water heater, HVAC. And then of course, there are all the enhancements that you like to make. Make it the color that you want to make it and whatever. Too many owners just live in their house and really do not even look around at any of the detail. They are just kind of like we are here.

JB: Yep.

Jason: We are good. This is the place we go eat and sleep.

JB: That is, it. Well Jason, if I own a home, where do I start looking and how to I create a maintenance schedule for my house?

Jason: Having a plan.

JB: Okay.

Jason: It is always good to have a plan. Right?

JB: That is right.

Jason: Most of the time there is going to be two lists to this plan. There will be two plans of action, the list that you cannot do or should not do, I should say.

JB: Right.

Jason: One of my friends would say this is the hold my beer list. This is the one you do not need to do.

JB: You all watch this.

Jason: Watch this and see what happens? No. This is the one that you do not touch. HVAC is probably one of them. 99% of the people owning a home should not mess with the heating cooling system themselves. The 1% that does, they are licensed to do it.

JB: The same with electrical work.

Jason: Exactly.

JB: I will just turn everything off. Everything will be all right. Yeah.

Jason: Yeah, right. I am with you. That is not a fun way to learn –

JB: No, no.

Jason: -- anything, getting lit up is no fun. I do not care how much the voltage is. The other thing is, like I just said, it is a seasonality thing. You should have your heating and cooling system checked when the season changes. Right? This is typically where you want professionals. Like cutting down tree limbs over your house.

JB: Yeah.

Jason: Yeah, you could get a big ladder and a saw and go do it, but there is the limb going?

JB: Yeah.

Jason: If it hits the roof or hits you or you fall or whatever. There are just certain things that we want to do that. Maybe it is a well inspection. Maybe it is somebody crawling under the house and taking care of water infiltration that is going to lead to mold issues, it is going to lead to health issues, those type of things, where we actually someone that knows what they are doing. What you should concentrate on are the minor things. Mostly from a visual standpoint, just be aware of what is going on around your house. Walk around the home and look at it. A little bitty discoloration near a doorjamb that needed to be painted and sealed that did not get done, it just looks bad for one season. Then the next season it is like rotted an inch or two, and before you know it in three or four or five years, you have got major issues and major wood rot, and it can be thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars of problems. Again, we typically do not go underneath our home every day, so we do not know these things. But walking around the outside, you can do that. Maybe you need to pay someone once a year or at least every other year just to go in your crawl space if you are unable to do that to see if there are any issues.

JB: Right.

Jason: Like termites. Just because you do not want them isn’t good enough to keep them away.

JB: Yeah.

Jason: They will just show up. That is how they do it.

JB: They do not read that little sign does not come in here, termites.

Jason: Yeah, no trespassing. It does not work.

JB: Yeah, they do not read those things.

Jason: Right.

JB: Funny thing.

Jason: It is kind of like I do not understand why the deer do not stay in the crosswalk. Well, they do not. It is just the way they work.

JB: Oh, silly deer.

Jason: They just cross that stupid highway wherever they are supposed to. I do not know why they cannot go to the intersection. Same thing with your termites. They just do not obey. Same with painting the house. Now some of you should really take advantage of a professional painter in my opinion. Remember there is a difference between painting and applying or schmearing color on the on wall. Right?

JB: That is right.

Jason: Some of you have a very schmeared look to your wall. Of course, the few places on the ceiling that you touched.

JB: That is right.

Jason: So, you need to get a professional. I will promise you when you go to sell a home, a professional painter is worth every dollar you spend. I know some of you believe with all faith, hope and everything positive energy in the world that you paint. I promise you that you cannot. I have photos I can show you.

JB: You have the proof.

Jason: Walk around your house every 30-60 days and just be aware of what is going on. Look out there. Check those things. Window sashes, door panes are the windows starting to fog? Are they starting to fail? Clogged gutters, my goodness, gutters overflowing cause so many problems, especially in your crawl space and basement, huge, huge, huge, huge, huge issue. So, let’s do this, JB. Let’s take a quick time out. We are going to pay some bills. We have got some more items on the list you can check out. And you can always go to Jason Bramblett dot com, get more information anytime.

JB: Sounds good. Well, let’s take a quick timeout. Stay with us, folks. You are listening to Triad Real Estate 911 with your host Jason Bramblett, and we are going to be right back. (in/out music) And welcome back. You are listening to Triad Real Estate 911 with your host Jason Bramblett. Before the break, we were talking about maybe creating a maintenance schedule for the house there. Talking about some things like that. Do you want to continue with our list there?

Jason: Well, I was talking about gutters and obviously right now –

JB: Oh yeah.

Jason: It is gutter season.

JB: Man, I will tell you what. They are rolling off. They are flying off the trees.

Jason: It is definitely happening. This is one of those things that if you do not stay ahead of it, it will end up, potentially, can cause major issues.

JB: Oh yeah.

Jason: And of course, in the springtime, when all the little oak trees start sprouting, again, not really a list that people send it. Like hey, do you have any houses with any little trees growing out of the gutters? Because they have not been cleaned in like nine years.

JB: Yeah.

Jason: No. But be careful. Most of you do not need to be on a ladder.

JB: Boy, how true is that.

Jason: I do not know why we have this issue with using logic and wisdom with ladders and high places. But for some reason, we like to prove to ourselves that we can fall off a ladder.

JB: Yeah.

Jason: I cannot tell you how many friends of mine that I am like why are you doing that? Here is the thing. The deck is slick. Even though it may not be wet, you put the ladder on it, you do not have it just so, it will slide out from underneath of you. One of my friends learned that.

JB: I keep going back, and it has nothing to do with leaves, but the Christmas vacation, Clark Griswold up on the ladder –

Jason: Yes.

JB: -- putting up the Christmas lights. But that is me on a ladder. I am not going to Clark Griswold it. You know what I am saying.

Jason: Absolutely. If you are at least even going to, if you are going to attempt, get somebody to hold it, break your fall or something.

JB: Yeah, get somebody to spot with you.

Jason: Yeah, there are just a lot of bad things that can happen. Sometimes it happens to people that are on ladders all the time, too, but still, a deck is an extremely dangerous area to prop a ladder up to get to your gutters.

JB: That is right.

Jason: That is where I know most of the problems happens. Or a patio or something like that. It goes back to did you have somebody to help you or not, and that is what you need to do.

JB: Right.

Jason: Kind of like when you are messing with the power, as a I learned, flying back, there are usually two pilots on every plane, just in case. Same thing –

JB: Right.

Jason: The worst thing to do is to be messing with the power and then you are changing out the fan, and your wife comes in and turns on the light. Oh, it is dark in here. Buzzzz, yeah, it lights you up or something. And speaking of decks as well, what does it look like?

JB: Yeah.

Jason: Are the boards rotted? Is it weathered? The number one complaint that we get from decks is folks that they just cook in our wonderful southern sun here –

JB: Sure.

Jason: -- and they do not get taken care of. Again, it is a maintenance thing. You are going to have to put some type of sealer on the deck to get it to last otherwise it starts to look like alligator skin.

JB: Yeah.

Jason: And then the board has got to be replaced, and you may not be an outside person, and maybe you just do not care. Well again, it affects that value when you go to sell it. Keep that maintenance out there. We just had the time change and this is always something that I have, spring and fall, check your smoke detectors. It is not really a maintenance thing. It is just kind of on my list of you want to make sure that these things work.

JB: Sure.

Jason: You can push that little button and it will throw a test out and you can check and make sure it works. Obviously, when they are chirping, that is telling you the batteries are dead.

JB: Right.

Jason: That is not telling you to take them off the wall.

JB: That is right.

Jason: I go into a lot of houses and there are no smoke detectors, and I am like where are your smoke detectors? Oh, we got tired of hearing the stupid thing chirp, so we just took it out. You could just put a new battery in. That is kind of why it is telling you that. We just forget. There is not many stuff that has 9-volt batteries anymore.

JB: That is right.

Jason: Like smoke detectors is almost it. And it is just something that we do not have laying around the house, and then we forget about it. Spring and fall, check the smoke detectors. Chimney is one that we forget a lot, too.

JB: Oh yeah.

Jason: You should have the chimney checked out. Make sure that everything is flowing properly. Most of them with gas logs are vented or non-vented now. They have where they have almost no emissions and no carbon dioxide and all those things. But if you have gas appliances in your home, now it is really simple. You can just go get a carbon monoxide detector, plug it into the wall. The suggestion is to have one on each floor of the home, so if you have two-stories, that is two. Put them near the living areas or in the hallway somewhere where they can go off. Remember, carbon monoxide is invisible.

JB: That is right.

Jason: So, if the thing goes off, you need to get somebody over to test and check and go, you cannot smell it, see it, anything, but if it is going off, it is going off for a reason.

JB: Right.

Jason: Do not take the chance of just winging it. Get a professional over there to test the air quality to find out where the problem is. Because it is just something you want to do. Lastly, really quick, for turkey day, those that are going to deep fry the turkey in the garage, which we highly do not recommend doing this. When you have a fire extinguisher and you have oil, you do not want to use the one that has water in it.

JB: Yeah.

Jason: You need to use a wet chemical fire extinguisher. Okay? Otherwise, you end up with a blow torch.

JB: That is right.

Jason: Which you do not want. Okay? Everybody be safe. Go to Jason Bramblett dot com. We have got the list up for you. We will see you next week right here on the radio at 94.5. Everybody have an awesome week.