As winter approaches, it’s important to make sure a home is ready for the colder months ahead. Help your clients prepare by warning them about potentially costly mistakes. HouseLogic offers the following tips of the mistakes to avoid:
1. Not protecting the outdoor faucet.
It’ll cost about $2 to buy a protector for an outdoor faucet, and that small investment could save owners up to $15,000 in potential damages. Frozen water can cause a lot of damage, and an outdoor faucet is particularly susceptible to freezing temperatures. Remove the garden hose from the outdoor faucet, drain it, and add a faucet protector, which will prevent cold air from entering the pipes.
2. Not removing icicles immediately.
They may look pretty hanging from the edge of a home, but it’s a sign of an ice dam, a buildup of ice in a gutter or roof that is preventing snow and ice from melting and draining through the gutters. Those ice blocks, left untouched, can lead to pricey roof repairs. Also, for homes more prone to them, it may be a sign of not enough insulation in the attic, says Chris Johnson, owner of Navarre True Value in the Twin Cities area.
3. Skipping gutter cleanups.
By the same token, when it rains, water pouring from gutters like a waterfall is a sign of trouble. That water can pile up on a foundation and cause damage. Clean the gutters a few times each fall to prevent clogs.
4. Letting cold air get inside.
This can be a costly mistake to heating bills. Sealing cracks with caulk can easily be done and will keep the cooler air out. HouseLogic suggests looking for visible cracks around windowsills, baseboards, and dryer vents.
5. Not getting your furnace checked.
“Forget to service your furnace and you could easily cut five years off the life of your system,” says Danny Lipford, host of “Today’s Homeowner” television and radio shows. And those are costly: New units are around $4,000 installed. Also, don’t forget to replace furnace filters, which has been linked with trimming potentially 15 percent off your energy bill.
Author:Sheryl Volk Phone: 561-389-8670 Dated: November 8th 2016 Views: 173 About Sheryl: ...
View our latest blog posts in your RSS reader. Click here to access.
We are a full service real estate brokerage with over 100 agents to serve you. Let us be your real estate resource. Regardless whether you need to buy or sell now, or sometime in the future, let us help you. We are no pressure and will always try and help. Contact us at 561-792-3948 now.
"When I sold my home I interviewed many Companies. Knowing most buyers come from the internet I was looking for a Company with a strong internet presence. I googled some terms like, "Lake Worth Homes For Sale" and "homes for sale in Lake Worth", and almost every time Exit Realty Premier was on the first page of Google. Then when I met with the agent from Exit Realty Premier and saw the HD photographs, aerial photos, on line visual tours and videos and all the technology I was sold. I signed with them and sold my home in record time, for the price I wanted and had a smooth quick closing. My agent was very professional and knowledgeable and kept me informed every step of the way.