2011 was the hottest summer on record for McKinney and the state of
Texas. We, at the Neel Group, have lived in McKinney and lived through it,
although it was not much fun. It seems as if we had no spring; it just went
from cold to very hot.
How hot did it get? Many of us in McKinney observed 112°+
on our car thermometers. These temperatures may not have been official, but who
cares – that’s terribly hot.
So what does that have to do with real estate? Basically, McKinney
and the Dallas Metroplex went through 60 to 75 days of 100 + days. The ground
surrounding our homes dried out to the extent that the dirt was receding from
our concrete foundations. If the foundation is not totally supported by dirt
everywhere below the concrete, the foundation can crack and even break. The
result can be a $10,000 repair bill to install new concrete piers around the
We warn our prospects and client who live here in McKinney
to water the foundation. If the plants all die, you can replace them. If the
lawn dies, you can install a new sod lawn for $1,500. If you fail to water your
foundation, however, and keep the dirt surrounding your home’s foundation
moist, it could result in a broken concrete foundation and a $10,000 repair.
Living in McKinney is different than living in some other parts of the country.
The danger of foundation damage is especially prevalent for
tenant occupied properties – many tenants simply do not care about your home or
your property’s foundation. Tenants hope to save $40-$50 a month in water usage
for a 90 day period. Their negligence can lead to huge repair bills for you.
By the way, we, at the Neel Group, manage quite
a number of rental properties in McKinney, Plano, Allen, Frisco, etc. If you
live out of the Dallas – McKinney area, we will be glad to carefully manage and
maintain your properties.