Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Your September Checklist to Prepare Your Deep Creek Lake Home for Fall!

Recently, we’ve been talking about what it takes to get your Deep Creek Lake home ready to sell in the coming fall season, as well as how to go about buying a home with the uptick of fall real estate activity.  But, what if you plan on staying in your current location and enjoying your Deep Creek Lake home throughout this beautiful season?

Today we’re going to look at some of the top ways to help your home transition to the chilling weather and all that this change in season entails.  While our main focus here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty is helping buyers and sellers successfully navigate the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market; we also want those living on Deep Creek Lake to ensure their home stays in great condition year round.  The better your home is maintained; the more you can enjoy it and the lifestyle that Deep Creek Lake has to offer.  

As you look forward to the crisp air, vivid blue skies and sound of crunching leaves underfoot, you’ll want to be sure to tackle these seven home maintenance tips within the coming month before the cold weather hits!

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- September 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; rats need a half-inch. 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 are helpful as you prepare your Deep Creek Lake home for fall!  As Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents, we love the stunning fall season and know that you’ll want to be out enjoying the beauty of it and not stuck with a long list of things to do!  Get started today so you can relax and enjoy fall on Deep Creek Lake!

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

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