October 6, 2017
Autumn has arrived, as evidenced not only by the calendar, but also by the cooler temperatures and the changing color of the leaves. And with the changing of the season comes thoughts of how to prepare your home to ready it for the next season – winter. According to WIN Home Inspection, there are several things homeowners can do to prepare their homes for the upcoming cold weather months:
- Check weather stripping and caulking. Replacing old weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows can reduce cold drafts and help homeowners save dollars on energy costs. In addition, when the snow comes it can pile up against doors and windows, which if not properly sealed, could lead to water penetration into the home resulting in costly repairs.
- Sweep the chimney. Blockage or residue build up increases the risk of a chimney fire and could lead to other safety issues; for example, chimney exhaust backing up in the home. Sweeping the chimney can ensure safe use throughout the winter months.
- Check the roof. Our intense Arizona sun can lead to deterioration of roof coverings, including warping, chipping and other deformities that can reduce the integrity of roofing materials. Checking for cracks and other damage could save a homeowner the headache of leaks when the rain and snow arrives.
- Clean the gutters. Not only do our deciduous trees shed their leaves in the fall, but our beautiful pines do the same, which can lead to the clogging of rain gutters. Check your gutters for debris that may be blocking water flow, as blockage can lead to water damage and costly repairs.
In addition to Mr. Wadlington’s suggests for preparing your home for the cold weather months, I’d like to add another suggestion: open stem wall vents. Over the years I’ve sold several homes where homeowners, in an attempt to reduce cold air penetration into the crawl space, have closed the stem wall vents. Unfortunately, this approach restricts airflow in the crawl space, which can lead to moisture build up as it may inevitably seep under the stem wall and into the crawl space area. Excessive moisture build up in the crawl space without proper ventilation can lead the development of that scary four-letter word – “MOLD”. And, one of the things I’ve learned during my real estate career is that mold is quite expensive to remediate, so the best approach is prevention.
If you’ve been considering buying or selling, please contact one of our Dominion Group Properties’ Real Estate Professionals at 928.468.3232 or visit us at our Bison Ranch office in Overgaard. We’d be happy to assist you! Learn more about us at www.dgp-az.com. We at Dominion Group Properties are Your Rim Country Real Estate Professionals!
Source:5 Home Maintenance Tips for Fall; DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS; FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2017