Don't Slip-up on Servicing Tasks

by Patricia Uribe 08/11/2019

When you own a home, you take over the landlord responsibilities of maintaining the property. That means you change out the lightbulbs and call the plumber when the drain plugs. Twice a year you faithfully check the smoke detectors and replace their batteries. You even take care of the lawn or hire a professional landscaping service to do it for you. But a few areas need regular attention of which you may be unaware. These sneaky tasks, when left undone, can end up costing a wad of cash down the line.

Schedule service for these items into your life:

  • Gutters and downspouts: Because you can't see into them, you tend to forget that a gutter is just a long trough. In the Fall it fills with leaves and debris that need clearing out so that it can do its job—moving water off your roof and away from your foundation. When the gutters become blocked, water piles up endangering your roof and eaves with water damage. If the water freezes, it may cause an ice dam that will further damage your roof. Debris left in the gutter clogs the drains too, so water can't drain away from the roof. If it overflows and falls near the foundation, the extra water and potential ice can wreak havoc with your home's support structure.
  • Roofs after a storm: If you live in an area prone to thunderstorms or tornados, the resultant hail and wind can damage your roof even if you can't see it. Hail hits the composite shingles causing divots not visible from the ground. If the divots are deep, or if an area gets hit more than once, your roof develops holes that cause leaks. The wind lifts the shingles away from the roof deck. If the shingle bends, it becomes weak and eventually breaks off. At least once a year, and particularly after a major storm, have your roof inspected. Any certified roofer can do this for you, but if you see granules from your roofing tile on the ground, call your insurance adjuster to see if you need a new roof.
  • Water heater: In addition to periodically checking water lines and the thermostat, your water heater needs the sediment drained from the bottom of the tank. Simple to do for standard water heaters, connect a hose to the fixture at the bottom of the tank and drain out some of the water—perhaps five gallons. The sediment resting at the bottom will flow out with the water, and your tank will be more efficient for the next year.
  • Air conditioning condensers: If your A/C is outside, weeds and vines may grow into the fins, blocking the airflow and causing the unit to overhead. Keep all plants and debris away from the unit. Protect if from animals too as shedding animal hairs can clog the grate. On the inside, change the filter monthly for best results and to keep your ducts free from dust and lint.

Owning a home is a wonderful responsibility to take seriously so that your forever home lasts you forever. If you are not able to carry out these inspections yourself, seek the assistance of certified contractors to help you.

About the Author
Author

Patricia Uribe

As the driving force behind the Patricia Uribe Real Estate Team, I have been taking care of my real estate clients throughout Southeast Michigan and surrounding regions for over thirteen years. I have been helping first time home buyers and first-time home sellers work through every step of the buying and selling process to give them the peace of mind and feeling of trust they expect.

When you work with me, you are working with a highly respected and trusted real estate agent that has built a solid reputation throughout the communities I serve. When I work with my clients, I want them to achieve exactly what they want out of selling or buying their home, exceeding all their expectations.

I have built an outstanding reputation within the real estate community by participating in various organizations, being recognized for awards, and completing certifications.

● Over 15 years of professional real estate experience
● Member of the Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce thru RE/MAX Suburban, Inc.
● Governing Board Member of the Women’s Council of Realtors (Lake Point Chapter) during 2010 and 2011
● Member of the Year for the Women’s Council of Realtors in 2012
● Certified as a Distressed Property Expert
● ABR - Accredited Buyers Representative
● Completed all class requirements for Associate Broker
● 2005-2012, 2014 – RE/MAX Executive’s Club
● 2013, 2015- 2018 – RE/MAX 100 Percent Club
● 2016 – Achieved RE/MAX Hall of Fame status
● Office Mentor since 2015

With years of experience behind me, I can make recommendations based on your personal preferences and the market status and can also provide information about various neighborhoods, as well as other relevant and associated information.

I provide services to individuals in all areas of Macomb County, Oakland County and in surrounding areas.

If you live in or around these areas of Southeast Michigan, give me a call and let me know what you are looking to accomplish with buying or selling your home. As an experienced RE/MAX Realtor, I will help you buy your dream home or sell your current home to allow for the changes in your life. Buying or selling a home can be a stressful time, but I will make sure the process goes smoothly and stress free for you and your family!