Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Prepare Your Deep Creek Lake Home for Fall with These 7 Tips!

Fall is a beautiful time of year around Deep Creek Lake.  Its changing leaves of reds, golds and yellows, along with the vivid blue skies and crisp autumn air is an ideal backdrop for spending time outdoors and enjoying the natural surroundings.  Whether you own a vacation home or permanent residence on Deep Creek Lake, we’re sure you’re already soaking in this stunning season.
But what about your Deep Creek Lake home?  While it can be easy to get wrapped up in the brilliance of this time of year, the next few months will bring about a significant change in weather, and it’s important to know that your Deep Creek Lake home has been primed for the change!  
Here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Lake Realty, we want to help provide you with the best advice, tools and tips for living the Deep Creek Lake lifestyle to the fullest.  We’ll not only help you navigate the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market and the home buying process, we’ll help ensure your home remains in great condition so you can enjoy it for years to come!  Take a look at these top seven things you can do this coming month to get your home ready!
1.  Add weatherstripping to doors and windows- Weatherstripping can be plastic, foam, felt or metal; its job is to seal small gaps, keeping moisture and cold air outside where they belong.  Newer, energy-efficient windows generally don't require added weatherstripping, but if your windows are older, weatherstripping can keep drafts at bay and energy costs down.

2.  Check storm windows- If you have storm windows that are cracked or dirty, repair and clean them now; prior to autumn installation.

3.  Insulation speculation- This is a good time to check the condition of insulation and see if you need more, especially if you live in an older Deep Creek Lake home. You can purchase un-backed or loose-fill insulation if you are just beefing up what is already there. If your walls lack insulation, consider having a professional install blown-in insulation foam. The energy savings will probably offset the cost of the procedure in a couple of years.

4.  Check gutters- Do a quick visual check to make sure gutters are clear — they'll be performing double duty soon with rainstorms and falling leaves.

5.  Keep mice out- Autumn inspires nesting in mice as well as humans. Mice are looking for a winter home now, and that newly insulated attic would be just the spot. Mice can squeeze through 1/4-inch openings. Make sure all exterior vents are screened, and that there are no gaps underneath garage doors.

6.  Caulk exterior- Think of caulk as weatherstripping in a tube. Any gap on the outside of your home can be a candidate for caulking. Look at transition spots: corners, windows, doors, areas where masonry joins siding, or places where vents and other objects protrude from walls. Carefully read manufacturer's directions to make sure the caulk you buy will work where you plan to use it, and don't forget to purchase a caulking gun. Early fall is a good time for this task because caulk becomes difficult to apply when the temperature falls.

7.  Inspect your roof and chimney- If your roof isn't too steep, and isn't covered with slate or tile, you may be able to carefully walk on it on a dry day. Look for broken or missing shingles, missing or damaged flashing and seals around vent pipes and chimneys, and damage to boards along the eaves. Also peer down your chimney with a flashlight to make sure no animals have set up house in it. If you can't get on your roof, perform this inspection with a ladder around the perimeter.   Some patches and roofing cement now can prevent thousands of dollars of water damage later in the winter.
We hope these tips will help you get your Deep Creek Lake home for the autumn and winter months!  Each season on Deep Creek Lake offers something unique, which means you can take advantage of living or vacationing on Deep Creek Lake all year around!  
If you’ve been thinking of buying a home on Deep Creek Lake, now is an excellent time to do so!  Low mortgage rates, ideally priced homes and a variety of great home from which to choose create a perfect backdrop for buying your dream home.  With our smooth and efficient process as the Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty team, you could be settled into your new home just in time for the holiday season!
As always, we’re here to help!  Contact us today with any questions or to get started!

Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

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