Are You Ready for the Rainy Season?

Don’t get all wet. Prepare for the rainy season while it’s dry.

rain-3964186_960_720As Benjamin Franklin once said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

We know. The last thing you are thinking about at the summer barbecue is preparing for the stormy season. But it really is worth taking a look around your house during fair weather, because finding out you have a problem during inclement conditions is at best inconvenient and at worst very costly.

Check your rain gutters.
Clear them out and make sure they are in good working order to prevent damage to the roof or house.

rain-1340312240qO5Look at your roof.
If you see loose or damaged shingles, get them repaired. Look for tears and buckling on flashing. Check the chimney and look for damaged bricks, cap or cracked joints. Don’t forget the flashing there too.

Check indoors for signs of roof leaks.
Look for discoloration and peeling paint on ceilings and walls. Check in the attic for damp rafters.

Check the trees.
Trim back branches and cut sections that could fall in a rainstorm.

Check doors and windows.
Make sure there are properly insulated with weather stripping.

Look for water collecting at the base of the house.
Redirect water with trenches or drains.

Keep sandbags on hand.
if your area is prone to flooding, keep them filled and at the ready.

Check for erosion.
This is important if you live near a hillside. Shore them up if necessary.

 

I hope you find these tips helpful!  I’m never to busy to help you or your referrals with your home ownership questions or needs!

Don’t “Fall” for this real estate myth!

Fall is here. Which means the “holiday season” is creeping up on us.

covered-bridge-in-fall-1495295197TxaWhich, when you’re a real estate agent, inevitably brings questions about whether it makes sense to even list a house for sale, or start looking to buy a house at this point, or…

“Should we wait ‘til Spring?”

If that’s ever crossed your mind, you’re not alone. Lots of people think that way.

But why?

The most common reasons sellers give: there are less buyers looking.

The most common reason buyers give: there aren’t as many houses for sale.

Kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy…but, also kind of a myth.

I don’t have any proof, but I have to wonder if this mindset wasn’t started by part-time real estate agents who wanted down time during the holidays to shop, bake, and go to parties.29526726980_8869409e52_b

It’s a myth I wish truly existed. Because, while there’s certainly busier times of the year, as a full-time agent, I know there’s always great houses being sold and bought. Not just during the season, but even on holidays.

(I’m lucky to enjoy just a few hours on an actual holiday without some amount of work for my clients.)

Spring is a long ways away. And there are plenty of houses to buy…and plenty of buyers to sell to between now and then.