Category: Home improvement
Winter is just around the corner and it is well past time to begin preparations for the harsh, cold weather. Being a homeowner comes with lots of responsibilities and one of those is winterizing your home. Below you will discover 5 home improvement tips that will get you ahead of Father Winter.
One of the most dreaded tasks that a homeowner will be forced to tackle is gutter cleaning. Not only do you have to drag that heavy ladder all the way around your home, but you have to clean those smelly dying leaves out of the gutter. If you fail to complete this task, before the onset of winter, your gutters may become so full and heavy that they will crumble to the ground.
You can purchase a gutter cleaning tool that attaches to your water hose, so you clean the gutters from the ground. Of course, there is one downside to using this tool, which is its inability to get rid of the soggy leaves, which tend to stick to the bottom of the gutter. It seems that your best bet will be to climb that ladder and manually dip the leaves out.
Many homeowners choose the fall season to clean their decks. If you reside around a lot of trees, you will definitely notice a buildup of mossy and sappy residue on your decks. This can become very hazardous, especially when wet, so to decrease the risks of falls, you should scrub your decks clean.
You will find many over the counter deck cleaning solutions at your local big box store. It may be a good idea to pick up a stiff bristled broom, as well.
Air Conditioning Duct
It is time for air conditioning duct cleaning again. Now you may need to hire a professional HVAC service technician to properly clean your ducts. Another option that may be open to you is renting a duct cleaning machine. While this will be a timely task, it will save you a lot of money that can be used for Christmas holiday shopping.
To cut down on energy wastes, you should caulk around your doors, windows, and indoor/outdoor plumbing pipes. You would be surprised with how much warm air could escape in and out of your home through these tiny crevices. By caulking gaps, cracks, and crevices in and around your home, you will be saving on energy wastes and preventing your energy bill from soaring out of control.
Repairing Leaky Faucets
Water wastes are not only harmful for the environment, but it can damage the wallet. Instead of watching those faucets drip, you should head to the big box store and purchase some plumbing supplies. While you are at it, be sure to fix those outdoor spigots, because you definitely do not want them to freeze up this winter.
Of course, all of these tasks are unappealing, but someone has to do it and that someone will be you. Be sure to ask for assistance cleaning those gutters, because lugging a heavy ladder around can be strenuous on the back.
“I bought a house 3 months ago. Since the first week I have had basement water leaking…
1. Lying about basement water on a seller’s disclosure form
Selling or buying a home in NJ? Learn about the NJ seller’s disclosure & basement water. These are normally made on a standard form listing types of possible physical or structural problems.
2. Basement water often leads to unhealthy mold & mildew
In October 2012 former Lakers coach Rudy Tomjanovich and his wife were ordered to pay $250,000 in punitive damages, on top of nearly $3 million in compensatory damages, to a money manager for selling him a Pacific Palisades home replete with water leaks and mold.
This is a major dilemma that every homeowner faces when they find basement water and mold problems in the home they just bought.
Basement water that causes mold is a problem especially when the seller may have misrepresented certain facts.
3. Can I sue the previous homeowners for basement water leaking ?
In most states, it’s illegal for a seller to fraudulently conceal a major or “material” physical defect in the property.
Consult a local real estate attorney to review the specific facts.
You may find this would be considered a latent defect and bring an action.
But the big question here is, did the seller know about the leakage?
Determine if the sellers you purchased from received assistance from the neighbor to “deal” with the water issue and or if it was disclosed by the helpful neighbor to them that the prior owner had water issues.
4. Tenants can bring action for basement water damages
When the tenant experiences basement water issues, it can end up in Landlord/Tenant , or possibly, Civil Court.
Wanting to get out of lease because of basement water/mold issues the landlord is not addressing is common today.
If mold is found the landlord is required to clean the mold and to also fix the condition that causes water to build up.
5. Basement water issues discovered during the sale of home
When a house is under contract for sale, the buyer will usually retain the services of a home inspector.
The home inspection is a comprehensive exam of the building from roof to basement and everything in between.
Basement water issues that arise during home inspection usually result in a re-negotiation of the sale price.
A delayed sale usually is a lost sale because buyers don’t want a house with basement water issues.