Spring Ritual Protects San Luis Obispo Property Values

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Real Estate Agent with The Keenan Carter Group with Keller Williams

The first day of spring falls on the 20th—making Wednesday the day many homeowners start planning their ritual seasonal maintenance. Spring is also the traditional launch of the busy season in real estate, when safeguarding San Luis Obispo property values can become a less abstract matter. 

Because water damage is Public Enemy #1, homeowner checklists should always highlight three points:

 

First: the Roof

Check your roof - The Keenan Carter GroupAs soon as March’s lion turns a bit more lamb-like, it’s time to get out the ladder to survey roof damage. Leaves, twigs or other storm debris that have clogged gutters during the weather months can allow moisture to penetrate the roofing and below, in the worst case triggering mold or rot. Look for holes or rust in the flashings or metal seals around roof joints, chimneys, skylights or any other structures that penetrate the roof.

 

Second: Down Under

Water in the basement - The Keenan Carter GroupNow it’s time to go down. While spring rains are still falling, put fresh batteries in your flashlight and head to the furthest reaches of basement or underneath the house to check for puddles. Even when it’s raining outside, your home’s foundation should remain dry. When it comes time to sell, San Luis Obispo homes’ property values are seriously affected by water damage, some of which might not appear upstairs until later. If you see signs of trouble, it’s time to call an expert.

 

 

Third: the Exit Routes

The Keenan Carter GroupThat is— the drains. Backed-up plumbing is a nuisance you can avoid if you clean all the drains two or three times a year. Don’t forget the garbage disposal, either. My trick is to pour in equal parts salt, baking soda and vinegar, followed 30 seconds later by two quarts of boiling water. Then give the mixture a chance to work overnight before running water again.

With the sales market poised for spring action, the protection careful homeowners have given to their own San Luis Obispo property values will make a material difference. But you don’t have to be selling your home for this time of year to trigger the maintenance efforts your property may need. Got a property-related question? Give me a call!

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The Keenan Carter Group

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Keller Williams Realty

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Dick Keenan DRE # 00860187 & Narlene Carter - Keenan DRE # 00976857

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