It’s Raining! We are so thankful. However, are our homes prepared for the rain?By Terri Woods – Terri sells real estate in Santa Cruz County and North Monterey County
Here is a list of “What to do to your house in the rainy season” items (in case you forgot due to the drought).
- Check your roof. Go in the attic with a flashlight and look for water stains. This is something we can’t do in a drought, so now is the time to look for any suspicious stains. Look for any missing or loose shingles.
- Check your gutters. Make sure they are draining right by clearing debris from the downspouts. If the gutters are leaking in the corners, you might consider using a product like Flex Seal. I personally have used it on the gutter connections at my house and am impressed.
- Check the ceilings, vents and windows on the inside and outside. Sometimes curtains hide water penetration on windows. You may need to use the next “dry” day to redo caulking around the doors and windows.
If you have a basement, take the time to walk around and feel for any moisture. Make sure all hairline cracks are repaired and all gutter downspouts are directed away from the house.
Walk your property and see if you have any standing water. Make sure all water flows away from the house.
p>Contact me for a list of local reputable vendors in the area if you find something that you cannot repair yourself. As you know, finding a fixing a small item will save you lots of $$$ in the long run.
And if you are considering buying a home, selling a home, or investing in real estate, call me for the latest information on the local real estate market.
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