Preparing For The Winter

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Did you know?

The seasons are changing and as we all start to settle into our “Winter” mode there are often little tasks we should accomplish to prepare for the season.

What kind of advice can you give your clients for their property? Active listings, prospective listings, homes to be appraised for a home equity and even our every day homes that will not be open to a professional to inspect can all benefit from a few tips.

Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind when changing seasons and storing seasonal goodies:

Making sure areas have proper access

  • Make sure attic, basement and crawl spaces are clear for possible inspection, to access for repairs or so they have proper ventilation
  • Clear stairs, driveways and walkways of leaves, snow or ice so that garages or other buildings can be safely and easily accessed by Realtors, Appraisers, prospective buyers or even emergency personnel
  • Don’t overstuff seasonal items into areas where they could effect access to electric panels, heating vents or emergency exits

Making sure mechanicals and venting systems are working

  • Outside your home make sure gutters and drainage areas are clear, exterior vents and chimneys have no obstructions
  • Have your heating system checked, make sure all of your appliances are in proper working order and vented correctly
  • Check your smoke alarms and CO detectors for proper operation
  • Even checking doors and windows not commonly used is a good practice to make sure will be working when needed or for inspection

Most of the time just stepping back and observing areas we normally go through daily without paying much attention will allow us to see where we need to improve. Being mindful of our surroundings and preparing for the best safety and appearances can be that simple step to help show real value, sell a property faster or just be much more easy to hide from the weather in.

For more information on how we can assist you and your organization. Please call 718-732-6000.