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Jan 11, 2017

A Brief Guide for Home Buyers

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New Year New Me! Many of you may be thinking “Hey, 2017 is the year I make the transition from renter to homeowner!” As every homeowner can tell you, this big step comes with a lot of responsibility that one must be prepared for. There’s no longer going to be a landlord you can rely on to take care of your issues. For this reason, it is important that you keep tabs on and inspect any potential threats to your home’s well being to save yourself from tragedies in the future.

 

Below we’ve provided you with a brief overview of some areas of your home to inspect both before and after your purchase.

 

Foundation

Check all the drains around your home. Make sure there is no debris blocking them from working efficiently. Check the concrete around your home. Contrary to popular belief, concrete is a porous material and expands based on temperature changes and stress. Hairline fractures are usually cosmetic, but check for any larger fractures that could cause a threat to the foundation. Periodically seal cracks with caulk or cement to prevent further damage.

 

Roof

It is best to avoid walking on your roof as much as possible. This can cause damage to your shingles that can lead to leaks. Looks around your roof for any missing shingles or damage and have it repaired as soon as possible. Enter your attic and look for any obvious damage, holes, or leaks. Especially in cold season like this winter, ice dams can accumulate on your roof allowing water to enter beneath your shingles and into your attic.

 

Siding Materials

Check you siding materials at least once every six months. Check around all windows, check for separation, gaps, cracks, or any damaged sections that could require repair.

 

HVAC

Check your heating and cooling systems as you transition into each season to make sure they’re working effectively. Make sure all your vents and returns are free from any blockages including debris outside or furniture inside.

 

Air Filters

Regularly check and replace your air filters. This will provide a much better air quality in your home that not only will reduce chances of mold or other issues, it will keep you healthier as well!

 

Electrical

Especially in cold seasons, make sure not to overload your electrical system. We’ve recently written a more in depth article on electrical that you can look back to for more information.

 

Smoke Detectors

Check your smoke detectors every six months to ensure that the batteries still have power in them and they are still working properly. While this may be an annoying task, it will save you from a much bigger expense in the future.

 

Bathroom

Make sure to provide a sufficient amount of ventilation to your home’s bathrooms. Too much moisture provides an ideal environment for mold and bacteria to grow. Make sure to clean surfaces regularly with a soft disinfectant.

 

Chimney & Fireplaces

Your fireplace, chimney, and fluke should be inspected and cleaned annually. Before building the first fire of the season, check the fluke for soot build-up, and inspect the fireplace for loose or cracked firebrick. Always keep your damper closed when not using your fireplace, to stop heat from escaping up the chimney. Do not burn pressure treated wood, scrap lumber, Christmas trees, trash, cardboard, plastic or any flammable material. Burning these materials may cause brick or fluke liners to crack.

 

Keep in mind, this is a brief list of just a few things you should be looking at when buying a home and when taking care of your home after purchase. If you have any questions or would like our advice on an issue you’ve found, call 541-381-7853 and we will do you best to help you.

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Summer is in full swing, and it’s time to make sure your home can handle the heat. These quick fixes don’t take much time, but they can have a big impact on your home the rest of the summer and throughout the year.

Check your gutters. When summer storms hit, your gutters need to be able to take the pressure. If anything appears loose or bent, have a professional repair it.

Test for pipe breaks in outside faucets. Open the tap and put your finger over it. If you can stop the water, it is likely that there is a leak or break somewhere in the line. Even if you’ve already used your outside faucet, test it – it might be leaking and you might never know it!

Clean, repair, and install screens. Check that everything is in good repair, and patch or replace as needed.

Consider options to lower your energy bill. When the temperature goes up, so does your energy bill. Check out options like reflective film and specialized curtains and blinds to help keep the outside heat out of your home, cutting down your costs.

Clean and service your AC and heating. Have a technician come out for a quick clean and service to be sure everything is ready to go for summer use.

Dispose of any hazardous materials in your garage or workroom. If you were doing projects over the winter, make sure you don’t have anything dangerous hanging around! Follow manufacturer instructions on all chemicals.

Do maintenance on your refrigerators and freezers. Your fridge and freezer need a little bit of TLC, and not just so that they can keep giving you cold drinks all summer! Left unchecked, fridges and freezers can be a common source of leaks.

Take a quick trip around the inside and the outside. Look for anything out of the ordinary – new cracks, wood that seems a little too soft. Be as observant as you can!

Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Make sure everything is working, and change the batteries if needed.
Check your roof. Do a walk-around inspection and look for any loose shingles or obvious, visible damage on the roof. A missing shingle now could lead to a leak later!

All of these tips are quick and easy, but they can save you a lot of headache and hassle in the future. And remember – if you do have any kind of flooding from a leaky roof, a broken outside faucet line, or anything else, give CODR a call. We’re experts at handling water damage, and we’ll be on site and ready to start work fast. You can reach us on our 24/7 emergency hotline at 541-318-7853. ... See MoreSee Less

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