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16February

Beach Home Sellers: Check Your Homes Post-Storm

It’s been a crazy year of weather ups and downs throughout the country. Fortunately, homes in Lewes and Rehoboth Beach have not borne the worst of it; however, we’ve definitely had our share of fluctuating temperatures.

 

Now is a good time for local home sellers to take a close look at their properties for storm damage and make appropriate repairs. There are several key areas of concern:

 

Roof: After a powerful storm, check for damage. Ensure there are no missing shingles or cracks around skylights. Inspect the attic for discoloration of decking or plywood surfaces.

 

Flashing: Also look for light penetrating around plumbing vents or the chimney. Your roof’s flashing may need repair.

 

Rain gutters: Inspect for damage and clear leaves and debris. Holes, cracks or sags are easily fixed. For holes, clean the area and cut a piece of gutter material slightly larger than the hole. Use gutter-repair compound to affix the patch. Covering the patch with another layer of compound will ensure a good seal. For minor sags, add a new bracket to the sagging area.

 

Trees and shrubs: Limbs can wreak havoc with your roof, siding and stucco during heavy winds. They can also come crashing down under the weight of snow. Pruning can ensure their health and safeguard your home.

 

Windows: Inspect windows, fencing and decking. They all can take a beating in storms. Seal and repair any damage. Sometimes storm damage is unavoidable. But making quick repairs can help ensure your home is safe, sound and ready for sale.

 

If you would like more tips for preparing your home for sale or listing your home in the Lewes, Milton, Dewey or Rehoboth Beach areas, please give The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group a call at 302.645.6664.

 

Visit us online at LeeAnnGroup.com.

 

As the top selling real estate team in Sussex County Delaware for 2015*, and 15+ years running, we deliver “Superior Service, Outstanding Results” in real estate!

*According to sales data from the Sussex County Association of REALTORS Multiple Listing Service.

22January

Winter IS Coming

Protect Your Investment!

 

It’s not a TV foreshadowing…it looks like a stark reality that winter may actually pay us a longer visit this weekend. After a wonderfully mild fall and winter here at Delaware’s beaches, the forecast calls for high winds, coastal flooding, snow and rain. While we may (thankfully) not get as much snow as our DC and Northern neighbors, the wind and potential flooding are definitely causes to get prepared.

 

Here are a few tips for homeowners to try to prevent costly damage and keep you safe:

 

Gutters – make sure they’re clear so ice doesn’t back up under shingles and they don’t cave under the weight.

Trees – be watchful of stray branches that may fall on your house or car.

Roof – keep an eye on worn, missing or damaged siding and roof flashing so you can save yourself a leak.

Chimney – inspect for any cracks.

Attic – add to the insulation on your attic floor, both to keep heat in and let the area above the insulation stay cool enough so snow isn’t likely to melt and refreeze.

Exposed pipes - wrap exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or 2 inches of Underwriters Laboratories (UL)-listed heat tape.

Cables – caulk cracks and holes around cable TV wires so interior pipes are not exposed.

“Trickle down” – allow a water trickle from any faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.

Get smart – make sure you know where your home's main water valve is (typically in the basement or outside near the curb) so you can turn water off quickly if a pipe bursts. Also, drain the water system to prevent pipes from freezing damage and bursting if you go away.

Keep warm – If you are leaving your home, lower the heat but don't turn it all the way off.

Prepare pets – In addition to your own provisions, make sure you have enough pet food. And if your pet doesn’t like going outside when there’s snow on the ground, proactively put down a secured tarp. Then, after the snow, fold it back and you have a cleared space for your pet’s necessities J

Post-snow - clear snow and ice from walkways, steps and driveways. Treat these areas with rock salt or deicing products. And if you haven’t been active lately, take it easy! Shoveling is hard work.

 

Above all, stay safe inside!

 

Tips adapted from USAA and Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.

 

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