Ice palace in Ramsey, MN

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Classic Realty

I received a call last month from an assett manager in Dallas. He asked if I could check on a home in Ramsey, MN for him and of course I said yes. Asked if the utitlities were on he answered probably not and was stunned to find out it was -24* F here in the Twin Cities that day. He thought 50* F in Dallas was cold. The utility companies both said they were on but, a trip to the home quickly revealed the furnace was shut off. Apparently the last tenants had moved out in August so this wasn't a surprise.

The company who winterizes for me came out, shut off the well and started the furnace up. Pipes had already burst in several locations along with the fiberglass water softener tank. Fortunately the thaw produced very little leaking on sheet rock and other sensitive areas. The ice is now all melted so time to start marketing the home.

This is a great reminder for those of you who work with banks to make sure the winterizing is done by late September.


If you are ready for a little work...

This could be your

"HOME by Friday!"

Joel Friday


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HI Joel...Last year I had my first frozen house.  Yep, frozen, carpet was like ice rink, broken pipes, the whole works.  It ended up costing the seller about $15,000 to defrost.  I learned a valuable lesson and that was to check all my listing before winter, even in NC it get cold.  AJ

Feb 03, 2009 12:45 PM #1
Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

Let me know about this one...via email...I have investor buyers in this area.

Feb 03, 2009 01:07 PM #2
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Joel, that is a very smart reminder for your area

Luckily it doesn't get that cold here in Dallas :-)

Feb 09, 2009 08:11 AM #3
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