Get Prepared For Spring In Your New Home

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Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia 022 600 969 6 Virginia
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First spring in your brand new home?  Seeing the flower beds bloom, where the most light comes in and which windows to open to get that first warm breeze can be invigorating.  It also means thawed winter snows flooding around your foundation and more rainstorms weathering your roof.  Here’s a few things to prepare yourself with, so spring surprises don’t keep you awake at night.
 
Plumbing
First and foremost locate the main shut-off valve to your plumbing.  If any flooding does occur, it won’t take you long to bring the problem to a halt.  The last thing you want is to be surprised by some spring flooding and feeling helpless trying to stop the water from flowing in.  If its behind a wall, or even tiled up in a bathroom you might want to consider moving it.  Insulation for your pipes can extend their longevity.  Exposed pipes especially running through unheated areas like the garage or unfinished basement are very susceptible to temperature changes and we all know how dramatic those changes can be during springtime in Richmond.  Condensation caused from changes in temperature can corrode your pipes leading to future leaks.
 
Landscaping
Other than adding almost 20% value to your home, landscaping has another very important duty, and that’s keeping water away from your foundation.  In this instance, don’t focus on your flower beds, but literally the shape of your surrounding yard and flowerbeds.  Its a good idea to have a 1 inch downgrade for every foot leading away from your house.  This won’t allow water to sit or seep into your foundation.  If you have box planters fixed directly next to your home, it’d be a good idea to relocate them, as the aesthetic value isn’t worth the damage it could create.  Waterproofing remediation is one of the most costly repairs to have done on a home.  And of course, always make sure your gutters and drains are clear and free of debris so water can move more easily.
 
Finally, take a breath of fresh air, because your A/C unit doesn’t actually require as much regular inspection or maintenance as your furnace does in the fall!  Just make sure the unit is clear of leaves a debris before you turn it on!
 
So rest assured, springtime in your new home can be a magical experience and not a migraine, it just takes a little vigilance and preparedness!
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WandaFears, Realtor ABR CRS GRI WCR

Richmond, Va. Long and Foster Realtors

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Faith LaRosse
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Wanda, I remember a client of mine last Spring sending me pics of all the beautiful bulbs that were blooming for the first time-- She said it was so much fun waiting to see what would pop up next! 

Feb 02, 2015 06:35 AM #1
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Hi Wanda, getting the new landscape, or lack of it, ready for the spring rains should be top of mind right about now.

Feb 02, 2015 01:01 PM #2
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Laura Cerrano
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With all the snow in New York these days, any spring weather would be a welcome change for darn sure!

Feb 04, 2015 12:09 PM #3
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Wanda Fears - can't wait for spring! This year, landscaping has to be best!

Feb 04, 2015 12:12 PM #4
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Joan Whitebook
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Bring on spring.  We have had way too much snow.  I love yours tips... now all we need is some sun!

Feb 04, 2015 12:51 PM #5
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Wanda Fears - Spring is the perfect time to make sure the landscaping is done properly.

Feb 04, 2015 02:40 PM #6
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Great article as to what to look for as spring approaches.  Yes there is a lot cleanup that needs done around the house especially with gutters and downspouts.  The freezing and thawing cycle of winter is very hard on plumbing sytems and landscaping.

Feb 04, 2015 07:34 PM #7
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Richard Robibero, ABR, SRS
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I've got a monthly home maintenance list that is super detailed and one I've created over the years. Lots to do every month but I find if you reserve that first weekend morning (or weekday for those with flexible hours like us) you can get everything done.

Feb 04, 2015 09:04 PM #8
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Marilyn O'Donoghue
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I agree with Laura Cerrano!  Even though the Philadelphia/Southern NJ coast hasn't had as much snow as other areas, the temperatures have been below normal.  I use pansies to dress up listings in the winter and they have been covered in frost.  How many days until Spring?

Feb 05, 2015 05:24 AM #9
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This is timely- especially since it's feeling like spring already (out west, other parts of the country may disagree.)

Feb 05, 2015 08:05 AM #10
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Spring is looking a long way away right now in Detroit.  But it is time to prepare your home for a spring listing.

Feb 05, 2015 10:25 AM #11
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Sharon Parisi
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Wanda, Spring will be extra welcome this year!  Inspectors frequently note on inspection reports to change the grade of beds near the house.  Great topic!

Feb 05, 2015 10:59 AM #12
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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It makes sense to spend some time with regular maintenance in a new home Wanda Fears 

Feb 05, 2015 12:44 PM #13
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Ian Bush
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Walking around the outside of your home at least once a month is like the old adage about walking around your car before driving it. You never know what has blown into your HVAC unit, if your hose bibs are frozen solid or if the siding has blown off your house. It makes sense to just check things out as a smart homeowner.

Ian (Loudoun-Homes.com)

Feb 06, 2015 01:18 AM #14
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Gene Riemenschneider
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Your weather changes sound more harsh than ours.  However, few people realize the importance of landscaping in protecting the home.  

Feb 06, 2015 02:31 AM #15
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Jan Green
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Encourage your buyers to have an Energy Assessment (audit) done on their homes.  The icicles you see hanging from roofs are ice damns that signal air leaks around the roof line.  An Energy Assessment can oftentimes be ordered through your utility provider and they might subsidize the cost. Best of luck!

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Hi, I have found a new love of reading the archived blogs like this one. Thanks for sharing.

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