Independence Day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4,. 1776. Independence Day is the most important secular holiday held in the United States. Americans take this day to celebrate all that is American, remembering the great sacrifices of our forefathers as they fought and won our independence from Great Britain. The holiday is also referred to as 4th of July, named after the date it is celebrated each year.
Many times we see homes that have poor drainage because the lot the house is built on is flat. After talking to the owners we find that originally there were swales or sloping channels to help water drain away from the foundation. When the owners bought the house, they thought the yard would look better flat, or it would be easier to mow the grass, so they leveled it.
If your yard has swales or sloping channels, we encourage you not to do away with them unless you are sure they are not part of a drainage system.
Warning: If you do level the yard, you may void any builder's warranty a new home has concerning drainage.
Jonathan Crow - General Manager TexInspec Home Inspection and Pest Control
When selling a home, the buyer will most likely hire a home inspector to perform an inspection. Preparing a home to be inspected is important and should not be neglected. Homes properly prepared to be inspected achieve better overall results. Items, which cannot be inspected for various reasons, may be listed as "Deficient". Preparing for a home inspection not only helps the inspector do his job well, it demonstrates integrity as a seller and helps insure a quality home inspection with fewer reported defects. Preparing for a home inspection reduces complications and aids in a smooth real estate transaction. Here is how to prepare for a home inspection:
Make sure the water meter is unlocked and water is on
Make sure the electricity is turned on
Make sure the gas (or propane) is on
Make sure all pilot lights are lit
Make sure there is clear access to the electric service panel
Make sure there is clear access to all attic entrances
Make sure there is clear access to pier and beam crawl spaces
Make sure that the heating and cooling equipment is accessible
Make sure keys are available to any locked spaces or detached buildings
Make sure the fireplace is accessible
Unlock or leave keys for all gates
Turn off all computers and valuable electronics
Remove pets from the property
Remove vehicles from the garage and driveway
Be prepared to stay out of the home for 3-5 hours
Empty the dishwasher
Empty the oven, stove and range top
Make sure the sinks and bathtubs are empty
Make sure all light fixtures have working bulbs
Open all shutters and window blinds
We want your real estate transactions to go as smoothly as possible including the home inspection. Following these tips will go a long way towards reducing complications.
If you are going to plant trees and shrubs around you new home, here are some guidelines: In Texas, shade trees should be primarily on the east, west and northwest sides of a house. Also, we encourage you to carefully select the type the tree being considered. Decide what you really want from this tree or shrub - shade, fall color, or just eye appeal.
Do you need a deciduous tree to shade an outside air-conditioning unit in the summer, while letting sunlight through in the winter? Do you want a line of evergreens to provide a windbreak in the winter and privacy the rest of the year? Another factor to consider is maintenance. Are the trees or shrubs drought resistant, or will they require large amounts of water? Along with these considerations, you should also think about their location in relation to plumbing lines, power lines, and your foundation.
Celebrate your independence at Red, White and BOOM! with free family activities, live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show Saturday, July 4.
Red, White and BOOM! kicks off Independence Day with a hometown parade and classic car, truck and cycle show in Historic Downtown McKinney. Families can also explore the many dining and shopping options that downtown offers.
Evening festivities resume at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch with music, food, kids’ activities and a fireworks display. Hollie Cavanagh, American Idol finalist and McKinney native, will be on stage to provide live entertainment. WRR will provide ‘Sounds of America’ on a live simulcast during the fireworks on Classical 101.1 FM.
Event schedule for Saturday, July 4 Historic Downtown McKinney
Hometown Parade: 10 a.m.
Classic Car, Truck & Cycle Show: 1–5 p.m.
McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch, 6375 Collin McKinney Pkwy.
Family activities and food: 7–9:30 p.m.
Hollie Cavanagh concert: 8–9:30 p.m.
Fireworks: 9:45 p.m.
All Red, White and BOOM! activities are free and open to the public. Residents are encouraged to enjoy the professional fireworks display at Red, White and BOOM! as fireworks are not allowed within the city limits without a permit. Also, for the safety of pets and other guests, pets are not allowed at the events at McKinney Soccer Complex. For more information, including parking locations, visit www.mckinneytexas.org/RWB or call 972-547-7480. Red, White and BOOM! is presented by the City of McKinney and Craig Ranch. The hometown parade is sponsored by Nissan of McKinney.
North Texas home prices jumped by 14 percent in May – one of the largest year-over-year gains ever for the area. Median home sales prices hit a record $215,000 last month for preowned single-family homes sold by real estate agents. Home sales were up 6 percent from May 2014 with 9,484 properties sold. It was the largest one-month sales total ever for North Texas, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems. With the strong sales, the number of homes listed with real estate agents in the area dropped 15 percent from this same time in 2014. There was a 2.4-month supply of homes in real estate agents’ multiple listing service, less than half of what is considered a normal inventory. May’s strong home sales and price spike will put more pressure on the local housing market which is stretched with more buyers than sellers. National surveys show that the Dallas-Fort Worth area is seeing the largest annual home price gains in the country. Prices here are rising at about three times the long-term average rate of residential appreciation for the area.