Hello again to all of you homeowners, tenants, prospective buyers, and real-estate investors. Before you check the “Talking Real Estate” monthly enewsletter, Summer is here and has its own home maintenance checklist in Central Texas. Here are a few items to consider during July. I got some great new ideas on increasing heating efficiency from a June newsletter reader and added a few below:
- 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.
- Clean or replace your air conditioner 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—or install it yourself (but be ready to hydrate and work only in the mornings).
- Also check with a roofing contractor about replacing old soffit vents with new ones with a removable grill and to evaluate whether your home would benefit from adding roof ridge vents.
- Increase your insulation in the attic to R-30 or more. Each month buy a little insulation until the job is done. 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:
- Appraisals Can Protect Buyers, Sellers and Lenders
- Understanding Buyer’s and Seller’s Markets
- Moving with Pets
- Six Tips for Better Listing Photos
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.
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