Water Water Everywhere...

Reblogger Tammie White, Broker
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Franklin Homes Realty LLC


With temperatures in Middle TN dipping into the single digits over the next few days, sellers may want to keep in mind the risk of not having the heat on in vacant homes.  The following article by home inspector, Michael Thornton, shows what can happen when you don't winterize your vacant home.  If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Middle TN, please contact me at (615) 495-0752 or visit my website www.TammieWhite.com.



Original content by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc. TN Lic#050

Water Water Everywhere... 

Like the line from the "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", water water everywhere is not what one wants to see in their listed property. Nor does the home inspector! But this is what happened earlier today.

It is not unusual for real estate agents to turn the heat down to conserve on energy costs especially in an unoccupied property. However it is not very wise to leave the upstairs heat off in sub-freezing weather as this listing agent just found out.

The instructions were: The water is turned off at the meter. Have your inspector turnRodger that, Spud One. It looks like the gazinta is broken. the water on and turn it off at the meter when finished.

Okay, Let's turn the water on and check for leaks. Wow! I thought that I was at a water park or there was a new indoor water feature built into the property that was not in the MLS. Evidentially, nobody thought about the sprinkler system in the attic freezing. Needless to say, someone has one mell of a hess to clean up...   

The moral of the story? Don't be pennywise and pound foolish. The cost of cleanup and repairs will far outweigh the few dollars saved on heating the property...   

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Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

What a mess, we have had record lows this weekend.  I can't even imagine coming home to that mess.

Jan 11, 2010 02:33 PM #1
Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS
iTexas Realty Co. - San Antonio, TX

Hi Tammie-

We just dropped by a property the other day to turn on the heat. Those photos are really dramatic. It's just not worth it and we have so few buyers from Alaska!

--Sara in San Antonio

Jan 14, 2010 12:18 PM #2
Patricia Kennedy
Redfin - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Tammie, thank you for the reblog - I missed this one first time around.  We can never have too many reminders on this issue.  Burst pipes are just about the worst.

Jan 16, 2010 01:54 AM #3
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I just had this happen with one of my short sales. The renter moved out without telling anyone and they turned off the heat, but not the water. It got down to nine degrees and the pipes burst in between the first and second floors, this nice $284,000 property became worth about $125,000 in less than 3 hours.

Jan 19, 2010 06:10 PM #4
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