Why Pre-Season Home Maintenance is Critical

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Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

 

 

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

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David Popoff
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Cleaning the leaves out of gutters before they freeze and create ice damns is something we have to do annually here in Ct.

Nov 21, 2013 02:02 AM #1
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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David - Thanks for the great tip - people should take that seriously. The leaves are beginning to fall here in Flower Mound now. I respect everyone who has to live in colder climates. 

Nov 21, 2013 02:11 AM #2
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Patricia great tips for homeowners.  Cold whether can create problems in many ways, so it is best to anticipate and be pro-active to take care of possible problems before they begin.

Nov 21, 2013 02:23 AM #3
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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George - As you say, being pro-active is so important to prevent any possible problems in advance. That makes good sense because you're less stressed, have more time to research companies and contractors and get referrals from trusty people in the Real Estate industry, family or friends. Plus you can schedule appointments based upon your convenience and not when you're under the gun. Thanks George.

Nov 21, 2013 02:55 AM #4
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Will Hamm
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Hello Patricia,  Great blog and suggested.  So many people do not realize that just a little well spend time taking care of things will save them down the road.

Nov 21, 2013 03:03 AM #5
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Patricia, TERRIFIC information! Any inspector would be darned proud of you, right now! I'm with Will....*suggest*.

Nov 21, 2013 04:02 AM #6
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Will - Good advice Will. So often we put off things that don't need tending to immediately but isn't it funny how quickly we react when there is an emergency? And then we wonder why we can't get service pronto!  Thanks for the suggest too!

Nov 21, 2013 04:19 AM #7
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Gayle - we live and we learn. I have to confess, all of these things happened to me in my life time! The worst one was finding scorches on my electrical outlets and wall plates. I thought I was having a streak of bad luck because it always happened when I plugged something in, i.e., vacuum cleaner, blow dryer, curling iron, toaster... I was annoyed because I had to replace those appliances and I never even thought my electrical wires (aluminum) were burning on the inside.

I also found out the hard way it doesn't pay to try to lean a ladder up against your building during the winter to find out why your gutters aren't flowing. Ouch! Falling down hurts!

Thanks for the suggest!

 

 

 

Nov 21, 2013 04:25 AM #8
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Great information once again, Patricia! I am no glad that our winter is a short one but even down here, it pays to make sure the heater is working properly BEFORE you need it.

Nov 21, 2013 04:46 AM #9
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Barbara-Jo - it's always a pleasure to hear form you. I'm also glad for shorter winters but I'm with you, it's best to prevent the trouble that will follow when things go wrong. Being without heat when you need it is chilling!

Nov 21, 2013 06:02 AM #10
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Mitch Muller - Charlotte NC Real Estate
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Great information Patricia. I jotted down a couple of these things to do around my house!

Nov 21, 2013 07:12 AM #11
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Hi, Patricia...this is great information for everyone. Thanks for the post.

Nov 21, 2013 12:27 PM #12
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Joe Petrowsky
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Great list Patricia, some of these items will require more attention in different parts of the country. I have been through the list and can tell you, I'm in good shape.

Nov 21, 2013 06:25 PM #13
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Wayne Martin
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Patricia, great tips! By the way are you thinking below 70 degrees is cold weather? It is in sunny Southwest Florida! Enjoy your day!

Nov 21, 2013 09:09 PM #14
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Roy Kelley
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This is outstanding advice for home owners. Now is the time to prepare for winter condiitions.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

FYI: It is easy to miss your comments since they do not appear on the list at "My Home" on my site. ActiveRain has not yet fixed this problem.

Nov 21, 2013 10:56 PM #15
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Joan Cox
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Patricia, it is so important to do the winterizing of your home prior to the temperatures dipping.    We have already had 4 days of snow, and yesterday was only in the single digits in the morning!     

Nov 21, 2013 11:42 PM #16
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Hi Patricia,

Good information for the home owners. but here it's lucky of they even get a home inspection. Convincing them to get a maintenance inspection would be a really hard task.

Have a great day in Flower Mound Texas.

Best, Clint McKie

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