With people living in different parts of the United States it's important to have a pre-season maintenance inspection specific for your area. Although many home owners have already had a taste of winter, for some in the south, it's still not too late. Below are my top reasons why Pre-Season Home Maintenance is critical.
- When the cold weather hits and something malfunctions many homeowners will find it nearly impossible to get someone out to inspect and fix the problem on the same day.
- If you're not the only one needing to get repairs made, i.e., your heating equipment, you may not end up with the best and most reputable person to fix your problem effectively and the cost will still be the same or more.
- Spending time on the phone trying to get someone to respond to your request is stressful when the weather is frigid and dangerous.
- If you notice scorch marks on your wall plates or interior walls or detect a burning odor check the electrical fuse or circuit box and get a professional electrician to inspect and repair without delay. Nobody wants to have a a fire but the worst time to have a fire is during cold, blistery, winter nights or during the holiday.
- A handy-man or learning how to do something yourself that involves building code, fire, and safety is not the answer when major malfunctions occur.
- Never try to wrap or fix rusted pipes because they can cause a flood - best to have a professional plumber do the job and ask for warranties.
- Interior and Exterior painting is best in the fall because humidity is low so paint will dry faster and windows can be opened to eliminate odors; an exterior fresh coat of pain will help protect the outside - don't forget to chalk.
- Weatherstripping and/or chalking helps to conserve energy - some winters are longer and colder than others.
- Checking alignment to see if gutters are functioning as intended and making sure there's a way to divert water from seeping into the foundation is very critical, especially to homes in Texas.
- A clogged gutter can cause an ice jam, damaging gutters, roof shingles and even interior walls and ceilings.
- Water can cause as much damage and inconvenience as a fire.
- For homeowners in climates that get a lot of snow and ice, prevent rusty gutters with a coating that is recommended by manufacturers.
- Changing your furnace filters at least every 3 months is wise or if you can't, at least clean them in between replacements.
- Get a Chimney Sweep if you have a wood-burning fireplace and make sure the damper opens and closes easily.
I leave these tips because I care about the people I know in Texas, family and friends throughout the United States. I've lived in Northern and Southern climates and I understand how important pre-season home maintenance can be to your life, safety, and home investment. Before becoming a REALTOR in Texas I have experienced electrical fires, chimney fires, flooding, ice back-up damage and roofing problems. I know and understand how stressful it can be and costly when you put off home repairs. The cost for emergency service is financially harder. If you've been putting off these pre-season home maintenance projects I hope I've motivated you to schedule appointments today.
.©Patricia Feager 11/21/2013