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As we prepare for the winter season with recipes for holidays feasts and shopping for holiday gifts, it is important to remember to protect your most valuable possession - Your Home. To add to your ongoing Honey-Do List of House Maintenance, here is a maintenance checklist for getting your home ready for the winter months:

Interior  

  • Check ceiling and surfaces around windows for evidence of moisture
  • Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks, and toilet base
  • Check all stairs and railings for any loose members
  • Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Know the location of all gas shut-off valves


Electrical -

  • Periodically check for exposed wiring and cable, and replace as necessary
  • Trip circuit breaker and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to ensure proper function
  • Learn location of electrical service panels and label each circuit
  • If fuses blow, circuit breakers trip frequently, contact a licensed electrician for repairs


Heating and Cooling 

  • Clean or change furnace filters (this should be done every 3 months)
  • Lubricate fan and motor bearings (only where indicated) and listen for unusual noises
  • For broiler systems, check water level and shut-off valve for leaks
  • Have system serviced annually prior to the start of the season


Doors and Windows 

  • Check for loose or missing glazing putty or worn weather stripping
  • Check caulking for deterioration at the openings and joints between dissimilar materials (i.e. wood and masonry)
  • Check for broken glass and damaged or missing screens


Plumbing -

  • Check all faucets, hose bibs, and supply valves for leakage
  • Check for evidence of leaks around and under sinks, showers, toilets, and tubs
  • Check lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves and exposed lines
  • Have the septic tank cleaned every 2 years
  • Have the well water checked for quality
  • Check the main water shut-off valve for operation and leakage 


Foundation and Exterior - 

  • Check foundation walls and floors for cracking, heaving, spalling, deterioration
  • Check chimney for loose, deteriorated, or missing mortar or bricks
  • Check basement and crawlspace for moisture or leaks
  • Check all wood surfaces, decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for deterioration


Roof - 

  • Check for any missing, loose or damaged shingles, open seams, blisters, or bald area on flat roofs
  • Clean gutters, strainers, and downspouts; trim back tree limbs and vegetation
  • Check the attic for any evidence of leaks
  • Check flashing, fascia and soffits for deterioration or damage


If you need some resources for locating your Honey Do Specialists when you're own Honey-Wont-Do, Contact me 


 

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.

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. 


If you need some resources for locating your Honey Do Specialists when you're own Honey-Wont-Do, Contact me 


 

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.

Get Out And Hike! Fall Foilage Is At It's Peak In Our Area!

by Masha Halpern

Go out and enjoy nature's splendor
with mild temperatures and colorful fall foliage!

The leaves are peaking in our area and the weather is unseasonably warm - a perfect time to go outside and experience the beauty of this colorful season. Check out some of our favorite local places to hike!

Battle Branch Trail in Chapel Hill - 1.5 miles of moderate sloped trails through Battle Park on UNC's campus. More Info

Bolin Creek Trail in Chapel Hill - 1.5 beautiful miles of trails through woods and open meadows. This trail connects to the Battle Branch Trail. More Info

Dry Creek Trail in Chapel Hill - 1.2 miles through Cedar Falls Park, East Chapel Hill High campus, and through Springcrest and Silver Creek neighborhoods. More Info

Duke Forest Hiking Trails in Durham - a 7,00+ acre park with trails throughout an array of ecosystems. More Info

Eno River Cabe Lands to West Point Trail in Durham - 8 miles of challenging trails through spectacular wooded park lands. More info

Fan Branch Trail in Chapel Hill - 1.6 miles of paved woodland trails from Southern Community Park through Southern Village and to the Morgan Creek Trail. More Info

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve in Chapel Hill - 3.5 miles of moderate trails meandering through the historic area, featuring beech trees dating as old as 150 years. More Info

Little River Regional Park in Rougemont - 7 miles of moderate trails through the piedmont hills of hardwood and pines with mountain-like passages through boulders along the river. More Info

Lower Booker Creek Trail in Chapel Hill - .8 miles of paved trails through meadows and wooded floodplains. The trail connects adjacent neighborhoods to Eastgate Shopping Center and Linear Park. More Info

Lower Haw River Natural Area Trail
 in Bynum - 7 miles of challenging trails starting from under the US 64 bridge. Enjoy the colorful hardwood canopy along the rocky banks of the Haw River. More Info

Morgan Creek Trail in Chapel Hill - .85 miles of paved woodland trail with slope at boardwalk section. The trail leads to Merrit's Pasture open space area. Explore the area where musician James Taylor played as a child! More Info

Occoneechi Mountain Loop Trail in Hillsborough - 3.5 miles of challenging trails on top of spectacular Occoneechi Mountain! The highest point reaches 867 feet and is the highest point in the triangle. More Info

Riverwalk in Hillsborough - 1.8 miles of paved trails along the Eno River from Gold Park to Historic Downtown Hillsborough. More Info

Tanyard Branch Trail between Carrboro and Chapel Hill - .4 miles of natural surface trail with steep slopes through wooded floodplain. This trail links to Umstead Park. More Info

We hope you enjoy the beauty of these wonderful hiking trails!

 


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.

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