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Five Spring Time Home Maintenance Tips

Spring is here and the weather is getting nicer, which means it’s the perfect time for spring home maintenance projects! Whether you are a property owner or renter, these tips will help to make your home look great and summer ready.

  1. Clear gutters and downspouts: Over the winter months, it’s likely that your gutters and downspouts have accumulated leaves, dirt and debris. If not cleaned, this debris can cause problems with flooding inside and outside your home (especially when those April showers begin). Carefully remove any debris in the gutters and clear away an exit path for your downspouts to allow rainwater to flow away from your home.

  2. Fix windows and doors: Just like the gutters, your windows and doors may need some attention. Check all the doors and windows to see that they are sealing properly and not allowing outside air into your home. Look for cracks or holes that may have occurred over the cold winter months. Use weather stripping or caulk to repair any cracks, holes or air flow you notice. Doing this in the Spring will help you out greatly when the warm summer months hit. Also, check to see that your window screens are in place and window locks are working properly. Being able to open your windows in the coming months will be enjoyable and cost effective.

  3. Paint the walls: There’s no better time to add a fresh coat of paint than when the weather is nice and you can open the windows while doing it. Carve out a weekend to tackle the walls you’ve been wanting to update. It’ll make your home look nicer and cleaner all in one.

  4. Check air conditioning unit: Nobody wants to realize that their air conditioning unit is not working properly on a day when they really need it. While the weather’s still mild, check your air conditioning unit by turning it on and running it temporarily. If you think there may be an issue, get a professional to come by and check it for you. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
  5. Prepare the garden and lawn: Whether you are a gardener or not, take time while the weather is nice to prepare your lawn for summer. Rake away leaves and debris that has accumulated over the winter months. Check your lawn mower to make sure it is still working properly and ready to go for the first lawn mowing of the season. If you are planning to garden, prepare your garden bed for planting by pulling away leaves and laying new mulch or compost.

All of these home maintenance tips are perfect for this time of year. Be sure to tackle them before it’s too late. Spring is also a great time to buy, sell or rent a home! If you have any questions about these tips or if you are interested in buying, selling or renting a home in the Tulsa area, please contact McGraw Realtors Property Management & Leasing today.

 

Tulsa Restaurants You Must Try This February

There are many factors that make living in Tulsa enjoyable, and one of those factors is the overwhelming number of tasty and quality restaurants.

There are many factors that make living in Tulsa enjoyable, and one of those factors is the overwhelming number of tasty and quality restaurants. With that in mind (and with Valentine’s Day around the corner), we’d like to share a few of our favorite places to eat in Tulsa.

Andolini’s Pizzeria

If you’re looking for high-quality, tasty pizza, Andolini’s Pizzeria is your next restaurant destination. Located in Tulsa, Owasso and Broken Arrow, Andolini’s Pizzeria offers a variety of luxury pizzas made from scratch with the finest ingredients. Take your pick from one of Andolini’s specialty pizzas or create your own from their diverse menu options. We recommend the trying the garlic knots appetizer, Demarco of Brooklyn 20” pizza and the Italian Buttercake for dessert. Your taste buds will not regret it!

Ti Amo

Another great place to eat that offers a quiet, romantic settling is Ti Amo. Ti Amo found its roots in Tulsa back in the late 80’s when it’s owners moved to Tulsa from West Berlin. Since it’s opening, it has expanded to two locations, one in South Tulsa on Sheridan Avenue and the other downtown. Each location menu offers a variety of traditional Italian food options, including their famous bruschetta appetizer. Just thinking about it makes our mouths water!

White River Fish Market

Located on North Sheridan Road, White River Fish Market has been a Tulsa staple for more than 70 years. White River offers some of the freshest seafood from North and South America in an informal setting that everyone will enjoy. Take your pick from White River’s extensive menu options, from shrimp, oysters, catfish, swordfish and many other delicious meals. Be sure to take a peek at their Fish Market as well. The fish market features fresh seafood from around the world to prepare at home. You can’t get better than that, seafood lovers!

Burn Company BBQ

One of the best barbecue joints in Tulsa is found at Burn Company BBQ on South Boston Avenue. Established in 2011, Burn Co has been serving fresh BBQ cooked over a real fire daily. In fact, often times the line for lunch extends out the door and down the street before mid-morning (so be sure to get there early)! Burn Co’s menu offers a variety of meat options, from pulled pork, to ribs and sausage, but the menu options vary slightly depending on the day. They like to keep the atmosphere simple, but the food a delight at Burn Co. Just know, however, you won’t be disappointed!

Kilkenny’s Irish Pub

Located on historic Cherry Street, Kilkenny’s Irish Pub offers traditional Irish food right in the heart of Tulsa. In fact, in 2016 Kilkenny’s was chosen as one of the “25 Most Authentic Irish Pubs in America” by MSN.com. At Kilkenny’s, you can choose from an array of meals and drinks with their extensive and often changing menu. And don’t forget to look around at the iconic Irish atmosphere that surrounds each and every wall of the restaurant. You will be sure to enjoy your mini Irish retreat while visiting!

Whether you’re with a loved one enjoying the romantic holiday or just relaxing with friends, be sure to check out one or all of these tasty restaurants this month. You will be glad you did!

Five Indoor Weekend Activities in Tulsa

If you’re like most people living in Tulsa, you’re ready for Winter to be over and Spring to be on its way. You’re probably tired of bundling up in a winter coat and you’re likely eager for warm Spring days and time spent outdoors.

Unfortunately, we’re still in the thick of Winter, but thankfully that doesn’t mean you have to waste away the next few weeks bored inside your homes. There are many fun and affordable things to do during those cold winter weekends that make living in Tulsa more enjoyable. (more…)

3 Easy Ways to Decorate Your Rental for the Holidays

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One of the most magical parts of the holidays is decorating our homes to match the excitement of the season. Although it may require us to think more creatively, decorating your rental can be just as much fun (if not more) as if you were decorating a more permanent space. With this in mind, we have come up with three ways to decorate your rental home for the holidays that can easily be stored for years to come or taken with you wherever you go next.

Go Evergreen

When thinking of decorating for the holidays one of the first things that comes to mind is decorating a Christmas tree. And what a great excuse to buy a real evergreen tree than when you’re living in a rental! Although it may not be as cost efficient as an artificial tree, purchasing a real tree allows you to pick a tree perfect for your space now. Have the space for a twelve foot tree? You got it! Only have space for a three foot tree? You got that, too! You can pick exactly what you need for your home now. Not only that, but you get to enjoy the real, iconic scents of the holiday season right in your home. Then, when Christmas is over and you’re ready to say goodbye to the tree, throw it out. No storage necessary! How great is that?

Decorate the Door

No matter where you are renting this year or next, you will most definitely have a door. Therefore, take advantage of this commonality and decorate up the entrance way. Invest in a nice wreath to hang on your door with a easy to remove 3M hook. This keeps you from having to get out a hammer and nail and leaves a less permanent reminder on the door itself. Want to add a bit more? Get a festive door mat and and charm your guests! The wreath and door mat will be easy to store year after year or will happily travel with you wherever you go next.

Project the Lights

Finally, we all love Christmas lights. However, the idea of putting up Christmas lights can be a turnoff to many renters. Not many renters want to invest money into Christmas lights for their rental. But, if you are a lover of Christmas lights have no fear! Instead of using traditional lights, consider purchasing a Christmas Light Laser Projector. These projectors give the feel of traditional Christmas lights without the hassle of traditional Christmas lights. Not only that, but oftentimes Christmas Light Laser Projectors are cheaper, too! All you need to do is plug the projector in and enjoy. And what’s even better? Take it with you to your next home!

We hope these ideas motivate you to think creatively and help you to find a way to make your home feel like home for the holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from McGraw Realtors Property Management and Leasing!

5 Things To Do In Tulsa This Holiday Season

5 Things To Do In Tulsa This Holiday Season

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! It’s the time to bundle up in winter coats, sip on hot chocolate and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the holiday season. Every winter there are many festive things happening around Tulsa to add to the excitement of the holidays, so today we wanted to share five of our favorite! (more…)

Winterizing Your Rental: Tips for the Tenant & Property Owner

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With Winter on the horizon, there are few key things to remember to help protect your home. Today, we want to share four things you can do if you are a tenant and want to save energy in your rental throughout the cold winter months. Likewise, we have four things you can do if you are a property owner and have a vacant home that you want to protect.

For the Tenants

  1. Clean out the gutters. Removing all leaves and other debris allows for gutters to be used effectively and avoids buildup of ice.
  2. Install curtains. Not only can curtains add personality to your rental, but they have been known to actually save energy throughout the winter months by adding an extra layer of protection between the outdoor temperatures and the inside of your rental. Not only that, but curtains are easy to install and can be taken with you to your next home whenever it’s time to move again.
  3. Use your ceiling fans! Everyone knows that ceiling fans provide a reprieve in those sweltering summer months, but did you know most ceiling fans have an option to reverse direction in order to push warm air downward in the winter months? Just check to see if your ceiling fans have a switch to change the fan blade direction. If they do, be sure to save energy in this way.

For the Property Owners with Vacant Properties

  1. Clean out the gutters. As mentioned above, removing all leaves and other debris allows for gutters to be used effectively and avoids buildup of ice.
  2. Get your HVAC checked. Whether your HVAC is dated or newer, it’s always good to have your HVAC checked out to make sure it’s working efficiently. Additionally, changing the air filter in your HVAC can help to improve the efficiency in no time.
  3. Turn down the thermostat. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s amazing how many property owners forget to do this simple task. Turning down the thermostat will reduce your use of energy throughout those months, especially if the home is vacant and isn’t needing to be warmed often. Just be sure to keep the thermostat higher than 55 degrees.

If you have any questions about winterizing your home please contact McGraw Property Management & Leasing at 918.592.6000.

5 Great Places For Coffee Lovers In Tulsa

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Some of the perks to living in a city are the array of options for shopping, dining and entertainment… and, of course, a good cup of coffee! And when it comes to great coffee shops, you don’t need to look any further than Tulsa. With a wide variety of flavor, methods and locations there are many coffee shops that are a happy retreat for the avid coffee lover. (more…)

Home Buying Checklist: What to Look For When Buying a Rental Property

Home Buying Checklist

As any property owner would tell you, there are many advantages and disadvantages to owning a rental property. However, when done well, rental properties can provide a steady and profitable income. Whether you are a seasoned landlord or just getting your feet wet, there are a few things to consider when buying a rental property. (more…)

5 Things To Do Around Tulsa This October

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There are many reasons why fall is a beloved season in Tulsa. From college football to the crisp weather and change in leaves, it is a precious season full of adventure for any age. That’s why it’s important to take advantage of the exciting events happening in and around Tulsa this October. Here are few happenings you shouldn’t miss: (more…)

6 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Tulsa

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Now that you know you’ll be moving to Tulsa soon, it’s important to learn all you can about your new city before you and your family make the transition. The city was named one of the most affordable by Forbes in 2014, and there’s lots to do in terms of arts and culture in Tulsa, so there’s a very good chance that you’ll enjoy your time there. Here are a few things to be prepared for before you call Tulsa home.

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