Tuesday, 05 January 2016
Middle Tennessee has experienced a mild winter so far, but as temperatures drop below freezing this week, it's always a good idea to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to protecting your home from frozen water pipes, which can lead to busted water pipes if not handled correctly. Here are a few things to remember to protect your home.
Obviously exposed pipes are the most vulnerable, so do an exterior, crawl space, basement, and attic check to see if you find any exposed pipes. If so, attaching insulated sleeves to these pipes, which can be found at any hardware store, is a great start to protect your home. Also check to see if there are any cracks or holes that might have been made for cable or other hookups over the years. Seal any of these openings after you've added extra insulation.
While you're outside, you should unhook, drain, and put away any hoses. Irrigation systems are also at risk for damage, and there are several things you can do to prevent a big mess in your yard. This link contains great information and a downloadable PDF with very detailed instructions if you want to do it yourself, or you can call a professional to show you how.
Inside, the biggest concern should be those faucets that face an outside wall, especially an outside northern wall, as those usually receive the biggest blasts of cold air. For many, that is usually the kitchen sink. On those subfreezing nights, open the cabinet doors so the heat from your home will circulate around those pipes. Also, keep the faucet on a slow drip. This method doesn't keep the pipes from freezing, but it does release the pressure, which is what actually causes pipes to burst.
If you turn on your water the next morning and the flow is slow or stops, you have a frozen pipe and you need to call the plumber before you have a mess on your hands. His service fee is much cheaper than his service fee plus water damage. If a pipe should burst, quickly turn off the main water supply to your home and leave faucets open until the repair has been made.
If you are a do-it-yourselfer, use caution when trying to warm up your pipes. Never use an open flame! Hair dryers and heating pads applied to the pipes can help, but use caution with your electrical sources around water.
Using preventative measures during the freezing cold days ahead can save you a lot of money and headaches. Your homeowners insurance or warranty may cover most of the costs of a busted pipe, but they will not cover the huge inconvenience of cleaning up the mess and possibly being displaced from your home.
Stay warm, my friends!
Posted on 01/05/2016 9:00 PM by Jarod
Monday, 28 December 2015
As 2015 is wrapping up, I hope that you are able to look back on the year and be thankful for all of your blessings! I know I am! I am also excited to move forward into 2016 because I believe it will be a great year filled with new opportunities. The Nashville area continues to grow by leaps and bounds and people are anxious to get settled here. New neighborhoods are springing up all over the metro area, and older neighborhoods are flipping as Boomers cash out on their family homes and Millennials move in to raise the next generation. It's an exciting time!
If you're thinking about getting in on the selling and buying action in 2016, there are several things you can be doing now to prepare.
- De-clutter and stage your home. For many, this takes considerable time, so instead of trying to kill yourself working over a short amount of time, spread out the work to align with the timeframe of when you want to list (see #4). For tips on de-cluttering, read this previous post.
- Get your finances in order. There's nothing worse than starting your online search for homes only to discover that you don't qualify for the homes you've got your heart set on. You'll need to have your finances in order before you get pre-qualified for a loan, so start organizing your paperwork and writing down everything you'll need to hand to a mortgage lender. Need help choosing a lender? This post can help!
- Agree on a price. You'll want to work with a trusted Realtor to find out what your home is worth and what price point will generate the most interest when you officially list. You'll also need to work with your agent and agree on a price point as you begin your search for a new home.
- Agree on the timing. 2016 has the potential for higher interest rates, and election years can sometimes be uncertain, but now through early Summer is a great time to beat some of the uncertainty if that is a concern for you. If you have children in school, you might want to wait until the end of the school year, but keep in mind that there are longer waiting periods for closings now, so you'll need to factor that into the timing.
Nashville-area real estate is a great investment, so call me today and I'll help you get the best price for you home and help you find your next dream home! 2016 could be your best year yet!
Posted on 12/28/2015 6:20 PM by Jarod
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