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Chillax and preserve your home's value this winter
August 3rd, 2015 10:49 AM


A Flurry of Cost-Saving Home Protection Tips 

Unfortunately, the iceman cometh already—brrrr and boo for a frosty pre-winter preview of unwelcome coming detractions. But there may be occasional warm days ahead when you can do some home shoring up.  It’s critically important to protect your home and its value before the real tough stuff sets in and causes evaluation deterioration.  (A problem Pahroo Appraisal recommends avoiding at all costs).

Here a checklist of important things to accomplish ASAP so your home will maintain its value:

Please note: we can never over-appraise the value of contributing resources, including  his home eminence Bob Villa, former star of “This Old House,” ( and the Kiplinger report online (

Give Your Roof Shingular Attention
Your roof is your first defense in protecting your home, notes Villa . If shingles are falling off and there are leaks, water can damage your insulation, wood and drywall and affect your electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. Bob recommends having a licensed, certified roofing professional check it out.

Examine Your Foundation
Check your house’s facing. Look for cracks in the caulking where masonry meets siding and around the windows and door frames, etc. You don’t want any water to get in and freeze, which can result in cold, old, bold, mold build-up. As any appraiser will tell you, careful checking of the outside structure combined with inexpensive maintenance, can preserve your home’s value long-term

Examine the Pool Cover
This is what Kiplinger says and we’re sure it’s in reference to outdoor pools;  however  what about checking the pool table in the basement or game room? If that’s in poor shape, it could put you behind the eight ball when it’s time to sell your house. (Mostly kidding).  Only take us seriously when it comes to real estate appraisals and home valuation, or yes and consultancy about all real estate property matters, individual or commercial.

Get Charged Up
Test and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors.

Turn Water Valves off
Any water left in exterior pipes and faucets can freeze and expand, breaking the pipes and causing a flood of grief and expense.

Prevent Law Suits
You can really slip up if you don’t have adequate railings on porches and decks that give   visitors something to grip onto if they start sliding on ice or snow.    

Get Heating System Tuned up.
For as little as $80 to $100 dollars, you can  get a HVAC person to appraise the health of your furnace of boiler to make sure your system can stand the heat when it’s below zero. An efficient furnace saves can save you money on energy bills, and make sure you’re protected from  carbon-monoxide leakage. Need a technician?  Contact the cool people at the  Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Prevent Those Darn Ice Dams! Ice dams can lead to serious dam-age. As noted in the Kiplinger article, a home-energy auditor or weatherization contractor can identify and fix air leaks and inadequate insulation in your home’s attic that can lead to ice dams. If you insulate your home, you may also qualify for a federal energy-efficiency tax credit for 10% of the cost (excluding installation), up to $500.  

 Clean the gutters.
Clogged gutters can cause water to back up that leads to ice dams, darn it! Gutter cleaning averages around $70 to $225 for a single story house. Cost could be a different story where you live.

 See What’s Sump.
Make sure your sump pump can come to your basement’s water rescue. Slowly pour several gallons of water into the sump pit to see whether the pump turns on. If not, get pumped to call a plumber.

By Jiminy, Call a Chimney Sweep
Before you light a Yule log, get the fireplace checked out and swept out to ensure protection from carbon monoxide and to protect your most important investment from going up in smoke. Inspections typically cost $50 to $90 and cleaning can be $100 to $300, depending on where 
you live. Contact Bert at 

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