RE/MAX Realtor Margaret Stapleton Illustrates Inclement Weather Home Prep

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Realtor Margaret Stapleton, of RE/MAX Alliance Evergreen, lists the top four tips on how to prepare a home for fall and winter weather.

Margaret Stapleton

Margaret Stapleton

Our hot sun and rainy weather this season may have left your home with little resistance to the intense UV rays from the sun and other elements. A good stain every couple of years will keep your home beautiful.

Many people in the United States equate fall with foliage, when leaves burst into a cornucopia of color, and cooler temperatures. For some, such as Coloradans, fall can also mean early snow. “Wherever you live, there are a few maintenance essentials to prepare your home for the inclement weather of fall and winter, including the following four,” said RE/MAX Alliance Realtor Margaret Stapleton.

No. 1: Weather-stripping and caulking. “In order to save money on energy, weather-stripping and caulking are musts, as warm air will escape out of cracks and other air leaks around windows and doors, thus forcing your heating system to work overtime,” said Stapleton. “If you already have these in place, ensure they are doing their job; if not, replace them.”

No. 2: Clean gutters. Debris that has been neglected during summer months can clog up a home’s gutters, which should be cleared before the leaves of fall start falling and the rains and snows come, and kept free of debris throughout the seasons. The drainage system of a roof diverts thousands of gallons of water from exterior and foundation walls. If the gutters are clogged, however, water can end up in the home and/or basement.

No. 3: Sweep the chimney. Chimneys should be swept at least once a year, preferably before fall and colder weather sets in, to remove all soot, debris and creosote, the substance that builds up inside the chimney liner as a result of wood burning. “Keep in mind that it only takes a small amount of creosote and a spark to create a chimney fire,” said Stapleton.

No 4: Stain or paint before the end of year. “It’s also time to stain or paint your home and decks for the season,” said Stapleton. “Our hot sun and rainy weather this season may have left your home with little resistance to the intense UV rays from the sun and other elements. A good stain every couple of years will keep your home beautiful.”

About Margaret Stapleton, RE/MAX Alliance Evergreen
Margaret Stapleton “Connecting You to Lifestyles You Will Love” focuses on relocation, luxury and investment property representation along the Front Range of Colorado, especially in Evergreen, Conifer, and west Jefferson County, Clear Creek County and Park County. Her goal is to help buyers find their dream homes or second homes, investment options, and help sellers discover the best solutions in a constantly changing real estate market. For more information, please call (303) 670-6341, or visit http://www.coloradosrealestate.com. The RE/MAX Alliance office is located at 30480 Stagecoach Blvd., Evergreen, CO 80439.

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