Wednesday, September 14, 2022 / by Sydney Stahr
As the season begins to change, it's time to prep your home for falling leaves, cooler weather, and, eventually, winter storms. Tackling a few fall home maintenance tasks now can help ward off issues later in the season, so you can enjoy everything you love about autumn worry-free. Most of the tasks listed below are well within the average homeowner's ability. But even if you'd rather hire a professional to handle them, it can be well worth the expense. You'll save money in the long run by preventing costly (and potentially dangerous) damage to your home.
1) Inspect Your Roof: Start by inspecting your roof from top to bottom, using binoculars if necessary. Check ridge shingles for cracks and wind damage. Look for damage to metal flashing in valleys and around vents and chimneys. Scan the entire roof for missing, curled, or damaged shingles. Look in your gutters for large accumulations of granules, a sign that your roof is losing its coating, which can portend larger ...
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 / by Sydney Stahr
Buyers May Face Less Competition as Bidding Wars Ease
One of the top stories in recent real estate headlines in the past couple years has been the intensity and frequency of bidding wars. With so many buyers looking to purchase a home and so few of them available for sale, fiercely competitive bidding wars became the norm during the pandemic – and it drove home prices up. If you tried to buy a house over the past two years, you probably experienced this firsthand and may have been outbid on several homes along the way.
Fear not! Things are beginning to shift as seen in the graph below. According to the National Association of Realtors, the average number of offers on recently sold homes has declined considerably over the past few months:
The graph shows homes were seeing a high of around five offers earlier this year. But the latest data shows that average was down to just shy of three offers per recently sold home. This shift is happening largely because rising ...
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 / by Sydney Stahr
Ah.... It's the tail end of summer.
Still pretty hot out with the promise of cooler days ahead. Even Starbucks has their famed PSLs on the menu again! (Pumpkin Spice Lattes, for those that don't like acronyms). It's also time to do less outdoors and more indoors! If you find yourself getting into the "end of sun" funk, here's some renovation ideas that will provide the best return on investment.
The time between summer and fall is the best for attacking those evil weeds and getting your lawn ready for the rain it desperately needs. Cleaning up those flowerbeds, cutting back the dead branches, and even installing pavers garden edging are relatively inexpensive options and can increase curb appeal immediately.
2. Update Kitchen Appliances
Got a dishwasher so loud you can't think when it's running? How about a refrigerator that looks like it belongs in the 1990s? One of the biggest turnoffs for buyers are dated and dingy appliances. Replacing these older applian! ...
Thursday, September 24, 2020 / by Sarah Balduf
With a great deck comes great responsibility — or at the very least, a little TLC every now and then. We recommend spending some time every fall prepping your deck for winter. Not only will this help protect your deck during one of the harshest seasons, it will also take the hard work out of your spring cleaning.
Follow this step-by-step guide for preparing your deck for winter and keep your deck safe and looking great all year long.
How winter weather can affect your deck
Winter is coming. You’ll likely see a lot of rain, freezing temps, and probably some snow, too. Throw a couple of gorgeous sunny days in the mix and you have the recipe for a typical Pacific Northwest winter.
Quality decks are built to withstand the changing seasons, but winter is a tough enemy. Temperature changes, moisture, mildew, ice, and heavy snow can cause damage like:
Cracks, chips, scratches, and breaks
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Thursday, September 24, 2020 / by Sarah Balduf
We’re officially into Fall. Aside from Pumpkin Spice lattes and cozy scarves, that means you want to make sure the exterior of your home, including your roof, is ready for the cold months ahead. Here are a few things you should get done as soon as possible:
CHECK YOUR GUTTERS
Start your pre-fall roof inspection by checking on the state of your gutters. You already know that fall means more debris (leaves, branches, etc.) will make its way into your gutters. So, make it easier to keep up with by clearing them prior to the season and maybe including some gutter screen systems of fillers that really work.
The repercussions of debris in your gutters can be multifaceted. Water can get dammed up and drip over the gutter’s edge, causing ground erosion below. Pooling water and wet debris can also damage your roof.
Cold weather is coming, and while you want your home to be well insulated in both hot and cold months, you will likely notice the problem ...