July is Time for Yards, Watering, and HEAT Management: Chuck Farr’s July 2020 “Talking Real Estate” eNewsletter

Posted by Chuck Farr on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 at 3:24pm.

July is Time for Yards, Watering, and HEAT Management: Chuck Farr’s July 2020 “Talking Real Estate” eNewsletter

 Hello again to all of you homeowners, tenants, investors, prospective buyers, and real-estate moguls. Before you check the “Talking Real Estate” monthly enewsletter, Summer blazes onward and has its own home maintenance checklist in Central Texas. Here are a few items to consider during July (pretty much like June; please send in the rain!):

  •       Set your mower on the highest setting so you do not cut the grass too short and expose it to drought and weeds.
  •       Make sure your foliage gets plenty of water during hot summer days. Water early in the day, but not necessarily every day. Plants prefer a good soaking a few times a week rather than a light, daily drizzle.
  •       Reverse the setting on your ceiling fans to counterclockwise. This pushes the air down, creating a nice breeze. Shut off fans when you leave the house to save electricity.
  •       Whether you have central air-conditioning or window units, you should clean or replace your filters at least once every other month (or more often if they are visibly dirty).
  •       Check the weather stripping around doors and windows to keep the cool air in. Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes. 
  •       Check with your favorite roofing contractor about adding radiant barrier to the inside of the roof in the manner described by AtticFoil.com.
  •       Increase your insulation in the attic to R-30 or more. Alternately, consider adding in the new foam style insulation inside your walls and in the attic with the help of a professional.

If you have questions or need more details on these items, feel free to email, text, or call me.

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:

  •       June Home Sales Rebound Across Austin Area After First-Half 2020 Decline
  •       Invest in a Fine Rug
  •       Buying a Home in the Age of COVID-19
  •       How to Prevent Water Damage from Leaks
  •       Three Risky Ways to Save Money

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 happy to give you a free comparative market analysis of your home and neighborhood.

View your current Talking Real Estate enewsletter to see what's happening in your local market now.

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