February is Time for Property Tax Exemptions, Big Jobs, Gutters, & HVACs: Your February 2020 “Talking Real Estate” eNewsletter from Chuck Farr
Hello again, homeowners, tenants, investors, prospective buyers, and real-estate moguls. If you bought a home last year and started living there on January 1, 2020 (or if you bought in 2017 or 2018 and did not already do this!), don’t forget to file your homestead exemption (and while you are at it, your over-65 and/or disability exemption) at your local county tax office in the next month or three to save money on property taxes. And before you check the “Talking Real Estate” monthly enewsletter, Winter is here and has its own home maintenance checklist in Central Texas, especially for existing property owners. Here are a few items to consider during Winter months:
- Outdoor Tasks:
o If you are considering doing some big jobs, like external painting or roofing repair/replacement, remember that this is the slow season for many contractors, and you may get a better price and quicker scheduling now.
o Clean gutters and downspouts if you did not in the Fall. Call your gutter company to get those gutters cleaned and inspected. Your workers should also inspect the roof for any loose or broken tiles.
o Don’t forget to protect your pipes, plants, and pets when freezes come to town.
- Indoor Tasks:
o Have furnace professionally inspected if you did not in the Fall; make sure they check for carbon monoxide leaks. Remember to change out your indoor HVAC filters on a regular schedule.
o Dryer vents: Clothes dryers cause 2,900 fires a year, with many fires happening in the Fall and Winter, according to the United States Fire Administration. Lint is a major culprit, so have your dryer vent inspected and cleaned annually by an HVAC specialist who specializes in ductwork or dryer vents.
Here is the Talking Real Estate enewsletter with always-on links to trends in national, regional, and Austin area real-estate market news. You will also see some handy articles about home buying & selling, home maintenance, taxes, and other topics.
In this issue:
- All About City Trash Pickups
- Build Wealth with a Less Expensive Home
- Hiring an Interior Designer
- Four Things To Do Before You Move In
I often get asked about current market conditions, whether now is a good time to buy or sell, or “what are home prices like in my area?” These questions are best answered with statistics because the real estate market is constantly in a state of flux. If you need more detailed information about your own neighborhood or home, just let me know. I'm just a call, text, email, or Facebook/Instagram/LinkedIn direct message away and happy to give you a free comparative market analysis of your home and neighborhood.
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