As Spring gets under way, many of us will be inspired to tackle some home improvement projects!
For those home owners in areas where the winter months have brought an abundance of snow, ice and rain, as we have definitely experienced in Lake Tahoe this past season, one may want to focus their attention to the exterior of their home. Maintaining a home on a regular basis can save you a lot of money in deferred maintenance costs. By staining decks, touching up exterior paint, replacing roof shingles, tightening gutters, inspecting heat tape and sealing the driveway on a yearly basis you may be able to defer replacement costs for some higher ticket items.
If you are thinking of selling, it’s especially critical that a Buyer see that your home has been cared for on a consistent basis. Once a Buyer sees that a home has been obviously neglected or has deferred maintenance, they can’t help but wonder what else may be wrong, especially in less obvious/accessible areas like the attic and crawl space.
To give yourself added peace of mind in these unseen areas, be sure to get a pest-termite inspection/home inspection every so often. The inspector will look in less noticeable areas like the crawl space and attic for things like carpenter ants, fungus, cellulose debris, plumbing leaks and termites. The sooner you can correct these items, the more manageable future repairs many be.
10 rules for power tools
1. Inspect your tools before use. Inspect especially for frayed power cords and cracked or broken casings. If the tool is damaged, have it repaired by a qualified technician or toss it.
2. Follow instructions, not intuition. Maintain and use power tools in accordance with the manufacturer’s warnings, precautions and instructions.
3. Check the switch on power tools and garden appliances to make sure it’s in the off position before you plug it in.
4. Keep your tools in shape. Don’t carry tools by the cord and never yank the cord when removing it from an outlet. When disconnecting the cord, always grasp the plug, not the wire. Keep the cord away from heat, oil and sharp edges.
5. When necessary, use clamps or a vise to hold work in place. This frees both hands to operate the tool.
6. Buy a saw with a blade guard and don’t disable it. Before operating saws with guards, make sure they are in place and in proper working order. Kevin’s father-in-law was a master brickmason. To increase productivity, he wired the blade guard on his circular saw in the open position. Production increased until the day he set the still-running saw in his lap.
7. Prevent against kickback. If a saw blade begins to bind, immediately stop the cut and hold the saw and work piece completely still. Wait for the saw blade to stop before pulling away from a cut.
8. Discard saw blades that are chipped, bent or in any way damaged.
9. Never leave an active power tool unattended. Unplug power tools before leaving the room and store them out of children’s reach.
10. Remove all jewelry before using power tools.
If you are thinking of selling your Lake Tahoe home and would like advice on what you can do to improve your home, maximize its marketability and curb appeal in order to get the highest value for it, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Happy home improving!
As always, please feel free to contact Mackenzie with your individual/specific questions regarding your South Lake Tahoe home!