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Keep Your Home Allergy Free

by KW for Masha Halpern

Keep your home allergy-free with these simple tips.
 

Allergies are often associated with the arrival of spring, but indoor allergy sufferers will often find themselves sniffing and sneezing year-round. The culprit? Indoor allergens such as dust, dust mites and pet hair and dander. So how do you make sure your home is a respite from both seasonal and interior allergens and create a healthy environment for you and your family?
 

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, there are several best practices you can adopt to manage allergens in your home:

   

1. Keep it clean.

Regularly cleaning your home will go far in reducing allergens such as dust, dust mites and pet dander.

2. Redo your floors.

Replacing rugs and carpets with wood or vinyl floorings will help minimize dust and other allergens that become embedded in fabric fibers.

3. Groom your furry friends.

Regularly bathing and brushing your pets will help reduce the amount of dander and pet hair in your home.

4. Go on mold patrol.

Be on the lookout for any leaks or moisture in your home as this can cause mold to thrive.


Simple tips like these can create a happier, healthier and more valuable home.Thank you for thinking of me for all of your real estate needs, and be sure to share my contact information with anyone you know of looking to buy, sell or invest in a home.

 

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www.TheSmartMoveTeam.comCopyright 2018 Keller Williams® Realty, Inc. If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Equal Opportunity Housing Provider. Each office is independently owned and operated.

 

Helpful Tips to Keep You & Your Home Safe Throughout the Season

by Masha Halpern

Holiday Home Safety Tips...

  • Keep windows, garages & sheds locked; and don't forget to use deadbolts.
  • Use timers to turn on lights and a television or radio.
  • Maintain at least a foot of space between a burning candle and anything that can catch fire.
  • When hanging lights outdoors, avoid using staples or nails which can damage wiring; use UL-rated clips or wires instead.
  • Don't overload electrical circuits with holiday lighting; unplug your tree and outdoor lights before going to bed.
  • Don't leave a spare key in a "hiding place"; burglars know where to look.
  • Lock your power box with an electricity authority lock (lock to which you and the electric company have a key) so that your home security alarm system can't be cut off from the power supply.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!

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masha@mashahalpern.com

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Copyright 2018 Keller Williams® Realty, Inc. If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Equal Opportunity Housing Provider. Each office is independently owned and operated.

 

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Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

Halloween Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

by AH for Masha Halpern


Halloween is full of spooks & delights, but don't let your home be a fright! Check out these great safety tips from the National Association of Realtors for homeowners...

 

 

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Copyright 2018 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

 

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Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property and get the most recent market statistics here.

Ready to begin your home search? Start by seeing what’s currently on the market in Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro.

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

Hurricane Florence - Get Prepared!

by AH for Masha Halpern

As of this post on Sept 10, 2018, the National Hurricane Center has labeled Hurricane Florence “a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday.”

 

Although in the Triangle region we are somewhat inland, hurricanes are large storms and we will likely feel the effects of any massive storm that hits our coast. High winds, flooding and loss of power are potential threats that require preparation well in advance of the storm.

Download this useful app called Ready NC to help you stay informed: https://readync.org/en/downloadapp.html

Here are some tips that we’ve collected from the Red Cross, the National Weather Service, The National Hurricane Center and Ready.gov.  Links will follow so you can access even more detailed information.

 

 

 

 

Preparedness Tips

  • Make sure you have access to NOAA radio broadcasts; Find an online NOAA radio station; you can purchase a battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA radio in the Red Cross Store
  • Store important documents in a fire and water proof container: insurance papers, medical records, bank account numbers, social security cards, deeds or mortgages, birth & marriage certificates, stocks & bonds, recent tax returns, wills.
  • Unplug small appliances to reduce potential damage from power surges that may occur.
  • Fill bathtubs and sinks with water for flushing the toilet or washing the floor or clothing.
  • Fill your car's gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued. stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
  • Restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer.
  • Freeze containers of water for ice to help keep food cold in the freezer, refrigerator, or coolers in case the power goes out. If your normal water supply is contaminated or unavailable, the melting ice will also supply drinking water.
  • Declutter drains and gutters.
  • Take action to keep your food & water safe: https://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm076881.htm

Not sure what supplies you need or how to put together an emergency kit? Start with the basics: Cash, water, food (enough for 3 to 7 days), paper products & plastic utensils, radio, batteries, first aid kit, and prescription drugs.
 

For a more comprehensive list, check out these links:

And don’t forget about kids and pets. These resources will help you discuss hurricanes and other emergencies with children and offer lists of supplies & tasks needed to make sure your pets are secure during a storm.

Learn more about how to prepare for a hurricane, stay safe during a hurricane, and what to do after a hurricane from these organizations:
 

Red Cross

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane.html

Ready.Gov
https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

National Weather Service

https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness


National Hurricane Center

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php


CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/features/hurricanepreparedness/index.html


Stay safe!

Winter is approaching and soon it will be time to curl up with loved ones by the fire with a cup of cocoa on those cold winter nights. In anticipation of the cooler weather, now would be a good time to contact your chimney sweep contractor. Here are a few tips for maintaining your masonry/wood-burning fireplace or wood stove to add to your Honey-Do List of House Maintenance.

Chimney sweep - call your fireplace and chimney contractor or inspector NOW as chimney sweeps get booked early! Chimney sweeps should be done at least once a year prior to wintertime. The Chimney Safety Institute of America lists over 1,700 chimney sweeps that carry the Certified Chimney Sweep credential

Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors - replace batteries and test them.

Stock up on firewood - burn hard wood instead of soft wood as it efficiently delivers more heat. Ash, maple and oak are dense hard woods which are optimal to burn instead of the lighter soft woods like cedar, pine and poplar. Burn only seasoned dry wood; "green"wood doesn't burn as well and causes soot and creosote. Seasoned wood is wood that has been cut and dried under cover for at least 6 months.

Keep combustibles 12" away - carpets, drapes, and furniture should be at least 12" away from your fireplace when it is lit. A fireplace screen will help keep children and pets safe.

Clean out the ash - whenever it reaches the bottom of the grate to create efficient airflow. Wear a dust mask and gloves for safety.

Test out the function of your fireplace - open the damper and light a small piece of dry seasoned wood, making sure the smoke goes directly up the chimney. If smoke enters the room, then correct any problems. 


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Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel HillDurhamCarrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price pointsMasha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

"Baby, it's cold outside" - Tips for Winterizing & Staying Warm!

by LC for Masha Halpern

Weather alert for those living in North Carolina's Triangle area: temperatures are predicted to be FREEZING COLD today through Friday, January 9!

Temperatures are about to reach a startling low of 10 degrees tonight in Chapel Hill, and tomorrow's high is only 27. The question is, are you ready for it?

Here's some tips to help winterize your home (and hopefully keep hiring a repairman off your list of to-do's).

  • Have your heating system checked by a certified professional
  • Pipes that are located on an outside wall, attic or crawl space are most susceptible to freezing and bursting. To help prevent this from happening apply pipe insulation or heat tape (and if you don't have either of these, turn the water on a slow drip).
  • Clear out leaves and debris from your gutters. If debris builds up to the height of the shingle line, moisture can form on the fascia boards and thus create havoc in the form of ice dams, dry rot and leakage inside your home. 
  • If applicable, clear driveway, walkways and steps of ice and snow. Help prevent unnecessary accidents!
  • Have tree limbs trimmed that pose a threat to falling on your home, fences, outbuildings, or cars.
  • Winterize swimming pools. 

Here's some bonus tips for preparing your vehicle for freezing weather!

  • In addition to regular maintenance checks, make sure your coolant is the right consistency and is a kind recommended by your car's manufacturer.
  • Before traveling, clear ice and/or snow from windshield, side mirrors and rear window. 
  • Have the windshield washer fluid filled.
  • Keep the gas tank full to help prevent gas lines from freezing.
  • Look for wear and tear on your tires and make sure your tire pressure meets manufacturer's standards.
  • Use the oil for winter as recommended by the owner's manual.

Be safe and stay warm!

 

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Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel HillDurhamCarrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hil & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price pointsMasha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

 

 

 

Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

by LC for Masha Halpern

The Holiday Season is upon us, and with its arrival comes shopping, decorating, and let's face it, the occasional headache with keeping your home free of fire hazards. Whether you're celebrating with a holiday tree or lighted Chanukah candles, we've got some tips to help minimize those headaches and keep your home fire free! 

Safety precautions when lighting Chanukah candles...

  • Position the Chanukah Menorah on a sturdy, nonflammable surface like glass, metal or marble and DO NOT place it on or near flammable materials, including books or curtains.
  • Keep the Menorah in a place where it will not be knocked over by wind or a passersby, and keep it out of your pet's reach.
  • Refrain from walking around with lit candles.
  • Do not leave the lit Menorah unattended.

When shopping for a fresh tree...

  • Look for one that doesn't lose thousands of needles when touched or its trunk is thumped on the ground. NOTE: If a tree is cut too early, the chance of it drying out increases, which means electrical sparks could fly, and fly fast.

Maintaining your tree...

  • Before placing your tree in a stand, the base should be trimmed 1'' to 2'' to improve water uptake.
  • Use a stand that holds at least 1 gallon of water; without water the tree will dry out, so check its water supply daily!
  • Do not place the tree within 3 feet of any heat source, including vents, fireplaces, candles or space heaters.
  • Only apply tree lights intended for indoor use and approved by an independent testing laboratory.
  • Abide by the manufacturer's guidelines when it comes to how many strings of lights should be connected.
  • TURN OFF tree lights when leaving your home or heading to bed.

WHEN to remove your tree...

  • As sad as it may be, it's time to remove the tree when it becomes dry and starts unloading needles all over your floor. By this point it's even more of a fire hazard to your home - get rid of it!
  • Once the holidays are over, remove the tree (dry or not) as soon as you're able.

HOW to remove your tree... 

  • DO NOT burn the tree in your fireplace, especially if it's dry. Dry trees burn hot and very quickly, and could potentially spread to cause a rapid fire outside of the fireplace (that is to say, inside your home!).
  • Before throwing your tree away, check for a holiday tree recycling program in your area.

Here's some statistics to keep in mind...

The National Fire Protection Association notes that 32% of home holiday tree structure fires were the result of electrical problems, & 39% of home holiday tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.

 

We wish you all a very safe and happy holidays!

 

Info collected from mops.gov.il, forestry.about.com, nfpa.org

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Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel HillDurhamCarrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hil & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price pointsMasha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

Home Maintenance Checklist

by LC for Masha Halpern

The Year-Round Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring/Fall

  • To prevent leaks around flashing, skylights and damaged shingles, check the roof and chimney every spring and fall.
  • Keep insects and their nests at bay by looking in vents, chimneys and louvers and promptly removing any nests you find.
  • Gutters and downspouts should be checked for leaks and debris.
  • Look for new cracks and/or deterioration in driveways, walkways, patios and foundation.
  • Get rid of debris around heating and cooling units and the base of your home.
  • Check both your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Grab a partner and pull that refrigerator away from the wall! It's time to clean the coils in the back of the unit.

Fall

  • Caulking and weather stripping around doors and windows need to be checked.
  • If applicable, take down window units or place a protective weatherproof cover on.
  • It's itchy and messy, but take the time to check insulation and replace or add as needed. Also check proper ventilation - you'll be glad you did in the extreme weather months!

Quarterly

  • Head outside to inspect your home's siding for warping/rotting or other damage.
  • Trim shrubbery growing around walls.
  • If you have door or window screens, patch holes or replace if necessary.
  • Clean or replace A/C and furnace filters.
  • Look for leaks in both interior and exterior faucets and replace/add insulation if needed.
  • Make a trip to the attic with that handy flashlight and check for leaks and wildlife (birds, squirrels, raccoons, bats - none of them are welcome).
  • After wet weather hits, head down to the basement and look for signs of dampness and leaks.
  • Inspect all toilets, sinks, and the dishwasher and fridge for leaks.
  • Wiring and plugs in the home should be checked for wear and tear and replaced as needed.

Annually

  • Maintain grading slope away from the foundation walls of the home.
  • Have the heating system and heat pump serviced.
  • Inspect the water heater for leaks and drain to eliminate sediment. 

 

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Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel HillDurhamCarrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website atwww.TheSmartMoveTeam.com  for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price pointsMasha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

Helpful Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

by Masha Halpern-MH

During the holiday season I sometimes find myself a little more scattered than usual - what with work and family coming and going...and then there's the cooking and cleaning and holiday festivities...

It can be easy to forget about our pet family because they don't really 'need' much from us when it comes to holiday celebrations. Sure, there is the food, water, walks, clean litter boxes and pet beds...but some common sense tips to keep our furry family members safe during the celebrations are super important!

I am a HUGE animal lover and was reading about this and found a great article, courtesy of healthypet.com that seemed sensible online.

Here are some of the points noted:

1. Stress and Company:

Watch out for open doors and sneaky pets! With everyone coming and going a slinky little kitten could slip right through the legs of an unsuspecting visitor.

The holidays are a time for giving but not to your family pets. A little precaution and prevention will make the holidays a happy time for everyone! It's a good idea to have a minimum of two forms of ID on them at all times, just in case. It's not rude to ask your guests to keep an eye out for pets underfoot and remind them that normally friendly dogs or cats may be less willing to put up with excited children or rooms of unfamiliar people. It seems like a smart idea to create a "people-free zone" for your furry family members. Give them a quiet zone, blanket and fresh water. Let them retreat when the party gets too much for them.

2. Ornaments:

Keep breakable ornaments, candles, dreidels and aluminum coins out of reach. Hard to do if your kitties finds tree climbing part of their holiday fun, but well worth it. Tinsel and ribbons are especially dangerous because if they are swallowed, they can wrap themselves around intestines or cause blockages that will make a trip to the pet emergency room necessary.

3. Holiday Tree:

Secure that Spruce Pine! If you have a dog with a happy tail or a climbing kitten, anchor the tree to your wall or a sturdy nearby bookshelf. Don't put aspirin or sugar additives in the tree water. This can be especially deadly for a thirsty pet. If under duress, your pet may seek new places to drink and calm itself; don't tempt fate here. Plain water works for trees in natural settings so it will work for a holiday season now.

4. Pine Needles:

Pretty on the tree but not so pretty if your pet swallows it and gets a punctured tummy. Keep an eye out and a broom nearby - get family members to help watch.

5. Candles:

An excited cat or happy puppy tail can tip over a lit candle, so never leave a candle unattended with loose pets.

6. Electrical cords:

Holiday lights mean more cords for kittens to play with and puppies to chew - especially when curious or stressed - so keep them secured and out of the way.

7. Holiday Plants:

Mistletoe and Holly are extremely dangerous - in fact, poisonous when eaten! That lovely red Poinsettia may not be truly poisonous, but its milk white sap and leaves will definitely cause severe gastric distress. There are lots of varieties of these plants, so it's best to keep them away from your pets all together.

8. BONES!

Turkey, chicken, or ham - lots of tantalizing, tasty smelling flavors wafting through the air...but be especially careful not to let any guests give your furry friends any of these bones! Even steak bones can lodge in the throat, stomach or intestinal tract of your pet and get lodged leading to a very dangerous and possibly deadly outcome. If you must give your pet a treat during the holidays, find a safe treat from your local pet store. Since many of us have multiple holiday celebrations, feel free to ration that treat out by splitting it in two. Obesity in pets is rising just like in their human family members, and pets are increasingly being diagnosed with diseases related to being too fat....so break that treat in half; you'll be glad you did and they won't know ;)

Happy Holidays!

 

Masha 

 

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Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource forChapel HillDurhamCarrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is also a member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price pointsMasha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visitingwww.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

 

THERE’S A CHILL IN THE AIR!

by Masha Halpern

The hardy mums are making an appearance and a light jacket has become necessary for the crisp morning temperatures.  Both are sure signs that fall is upon us.  Although some of us hate to see the summer come to an end, there is no avoiding the onset of fall.  The change of seasons generates an inventory of chores that must be completed prior to the commencement of winter.  Routine fall maintenance must be performed in order to ensure a healthy yard come springtime.  In addition, your house must be protected from the harsh elements that winter brings.

Let’s begin on the outside and work our way in.  Fall is the best time of the year to give attention to your lawns and landscaping.  Fertilization of your lawns will provide necessary nutrients for the winter months to come.  In the spring your lawn will grow lush and green. And, don’t be mournful of the loss of color in your landscaping.  There are a variety of plants that can be incorporated to provide brilliant color through late November.  These plants include:  autumn crocus; strawflower; variations of aster; coleus; and dianthus.  Fountain grasses, burning and blueberry bushes will also add bursts of color.  All are easy to care for and will deliver great curb appeal.  Be sure to weed your gardens well in the fall, to minimize new growth in the spring. 

It is imperative in fall to trim your trees back.  Any branches hanging low, too close to the house, or near electrical wires can be weighed down by winter snow or ice wreaking havoc once broken.  Rake away all tree debris, leaves, and other forms of rubbish from the foundation of your house.  Make sure there are no entry points for animals seeking warmth.  If you have a crawl space, close the ventilation hatches keeping the cold air from entering underneath your house. 

Next we need to make sure that all of our outdoor tools are in good working condition and ready for action.  Rakes, snow shovels, and snow blowers should be inspected, cleaned, and all kept in one easy access location.

Gutter maintenance is also critical.  Clean your gutters and downspouts thoroughly and check for proper anchoring to the house.  Melting snow and freezing rain must have an easy escape route from the roof, into the gutter, down the downspouts and away from the foundation of your house.  You do not want the formation of ice dams to occur in your gutters.  The dams prevent water flow, and the water has nowhere to go but behind the gutter, seeping into your walls and ceilings. 

Moving from the outside in, it is paramount to have your furnace inspected and cleaned.  Having this service performed now, will be cheaper than waiting until the winter season hits.  Furnace upkeep is also vital for safety precautions.  Placing a carbon monoxide detector near your furnace is also a good idea.

Here are some other important chores to execute inside:

  • Locate your water main so in the event of an emergency it can be shut off
  • Insulate any exposed pipes (perhaps in the basement)
  • Ensure that there is adequate insulation in your attic
  • Find your air conditioner shut-off valve and turn it to the off position
  • Drain the air conditioning pipes to prevent freezing
  • Install weather stripping around all windows and doors in prevention of cold air drafts
  • Replace screen doors and windows with storm doors and windows

Finally, we all love snuggling up in front of the fireplace on cold winter nights.  Fall is the ideal time to guarantee the safety of our chimney.  Make sure the chimney cap on the outside is secure, and have a certified chimney company come out and inspect for soot and creosote buildup.  The chimney professional can also ascertain that your chimney damper is opening and closing properly.

I know what all of you readers are thinking right now.  “I don’t need to attend to these projects today.  It still feels like summer.”   However, all too often, summer turns to fall, and then very quickly to winter, and we don’t know where the time has gone.  Do not find yourself outside braving the winter elements to enact on what can be accomplished during the beautiful fall season.  Preventative maintenance is necessary in safeguarding your lawn, landscaping, and house from the harsh winter conditions.  It is better to be prepared today than to pay the consequences tomorrow.

Masha Halpern, Broker, CLHMS, GRI
Keller Williams Realty
Masha@MashaHalpern.com
919-414-0337  

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Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is also a member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

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