Friday, December 20, 2013

Refinishing and refurbishing hardwood floors with coconut oil

Refinishing and refurbishing hardwood floors is something we do a lot of in midtown Tulsa, and I’ve discovered a miracle treatment for this project – coconut oil. Our hardwood floor are 100 years old and the 2nd story of our homestead was rented out for many years – so much traffic and much moving of furniture.  

The floors on this level of our home are much more used and show much more wear and tear. I saw on Pinterest one evening where a woman had refurbished a wooden desk with coconut oil, so I decided to try it on my hardwood flooring. I was pleasantly shocked at the results. And the reason I decided to refurbish them instead of refinish them is that the wood is now so thin, there’s really nothing left to sand off.

Here is the top of our stair landing where we shut the pups off when we have guests downstairs. So, there are more scratches from long nails and a lot of scuffling here. Enjoy the before and after photos.

Hardwood floor after coconut oil
hardwood floor after refinishing with coconut oil

cabinet before refinishing
 cabinet after refinishing with coconut oil
After this project, I was showing a rather large (and expensive) home in south Tulsa and the prospective Buyer commented on the wear and tear of the pickled wood built-ins. So, I ran over the next day with my trusty coconut oil and below are the before and after photos of one panel. Of course, then my Seller purchased her own coconut oil and went over all of her built-ins and kitchen cabinets – huge improvement.

So, refinishing or refurbishing hardwood floors just got a lot easier than when my Grandmother was on her knees with paste wax – and there’s hope for those than are worn thin. I’m sure a little extra buffing as the last step will preserve the work longer. More on that if I get that far.

It doesn't have to be expensive to prepare your home for sale. Sometimes a little coconut oil plus elbow grease will go a long way.

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Copyright 2013 Lori Cain All Rights Reserved - Originally Posted at: Midtown Tulsa Real Estate - Lori Cain

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

When to write a contingent offer in real estate

image for domino real estate transationsMy client relocating from Houston to Tulsa told me that he did not need to write an offer on his Tulsa purchase contingent upon his home selling in Houston. His closing date on his Houston home was scheduled a few weeks prior to a possible close in Tulsa. 

I asked him if he could proceed with a Tulsa purchase IF his home in Houston did not sell for some reason. Did he have accessible funds to purchase a 2nd home regardless if his Houston home sold?

Well, at first he looked at me like I was crazy, but admitted that he would NOT be able to proceed with a home purchase in Tulsa if his Houston sale fell through. What kind of predicament would he be in if the first domino did not fall?

“Then, you need to write an offer contingent upon the sale of your Houston home,” I replied.
A contingent offer is NOT a detriment if your home is already under contract. Yes, it slightly increases the unpredictability of the transaction, but it’s not the same as writing a contingent offer when your home is only listed for sale, but NOT under contract.

When you submit an offer contingent upon the successful sale of your home under contract, the Seller and Listing Realtor will want to see: (1) your executable contract; (2) that Buyer’s pre-qualification letter; and if available, (3) inspection reports and appraisal.

When to write a contingent offer in real estate

In this case, the inspections and appraisal had been completed, so no surprises there. Knowing that those two issues are out of the way will make them much more comfortable about accepting your contingent offer.

Everyone involved in a transaction deserves to know where everybody else is and what they’re dealing with. The quickest and surest route to a smooth transaction is 100% honesty and transparency when possible.

If you are relocating to Tulsa – whether selling a home elsewhere or not – I would love to welcome you to Tulsa and help you find the perfect home. Please call me to assist you! 918-852-5036

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