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Fall Home Repair Checklist

Since fall is around the corner and you’ll most likely be spending more time indoors, get the exterior of your house prepared and cleaned up before settling inside.

  • Check the caulk and weather stripping around windows and doors.  Keep the cold winter air outside.
  • Clean your gutters and maybe install leaf guards before they have a chance to get clogged.

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  • If you have shutters that open and close, that you actually use, check the hinges to make sure they are secure and well lubricated/not rusted.
  • Clean and store or cover your patio furniture if you won’t be using it.  In snowy areas, it’ll last longer if you protect it. Warmer climates: keep it handy for nights you want to sit around the fire pit.
  • If you get freezing weather, drain and store your garden hoses.  Weatherize your faucets.

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  • Drain or weatherize/cover the pool.
  • Change the light bulbs on the exterior of your house with some long-lasting bulbs. Don’t get stuck in the dark. There are only a few things worse than having to change an outside light bulb in freezing temperatures.
  • Call a chimney sweep if you haven’t had your chimney cleaned out in several years. Put a cap on the top to keep out Chimney Swifts. I had them nest in a chimney in a house I once rented.  They can be noisy and messy.
  • Paint your doors.  Weatherize them with a fresh coat of paint or stain and sealant for the winter.
  • If your house is on natural gas heat and has a gas fireplace, now is the time to check your meter.  Stand nearby and check for a rotten
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    egg smell.  Even a faint smell could indicate a leak.  Call your gas company immediately to have it checked and repaired so you’ll be safe through the winter months.  I was told the seals and bolts and gauges on the meter should be replaced every 5 or so years so if your meter is about that old, check on it. These days, gas meters are read from a device in a vehicle that drives by your house, so checking on that smell is up to you, the homeowner.

  • And, right now, when it seems the spiders are making webs everywhere, get a broom and sweep under your eaves if you can reach them.
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    Keep those creepy orb spiders and others away from your exterior flood lights by being diligent about keeping the area swept.  Some people use a spray mixture of peppermint essential oil and water to keep spiders at bay…they apparently don’t like the smell.  I’m trying it for the first time this year and so far it works at my house.


Eileen Saunders, SRES  REALTOR with Tommy Morgan, Inc., Realtors BOF  2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, MS 38655  662-404-0816/662-234-5344 Equal housing

Roof Repairs

I drive around town a lot to see what’s going on. I check out the neighborhoods for new construction, what’s for sale by owner, for rent, what is being remodeled.

Here’s what else I notice:

  • shutters that have fallen off their hinges,
  • roof shingles that have slipped or broken off from the latest storm; perhaps a branch scraped the roof on its way to the ground,
  • gutters hanging along the side of a house
  • fences that need repair, and more.

While broken shutters are a curb appeal issue, a missing or damaged roof shingle can cause harm to the house itself and needs attention.

Oxford seems to get a lot of rain and the last thing a homeowner wants is water dripping into the attic. Even a little once-in-a-while drip can cause damage in the long run.  If it gets in, it is sure to affect the rest of the house and that requires more repairing. A damp spot on the ceiling may not get noticed until it forms a stain. If you sell your house, you’ll have to put the leak and any damage that was repaired (or not) that you know of, in a disclosure for the new owners. And if you don’t know about it, the inspector will be sure to find the stain to alert you.Maison-fuite-leaky-house-2400px.png

It is best to check your roof on a regular basis. A walk around the house to take note of shingles, flashing, gutters and trim can help you stay on top of maintenance issues.  Put a scheduled walk-around on your  phone calendar for reminders. Every few years ask a roofer to give your roof an inspection. He can tell you the life expectancy of your roof, whether he sees any issues, and an on-the-spot estimate for maintenance.  If you’ve noticed some black stain lines on their roof, ask him what it would take to clean it up.

Homeowners should care for their homes to get the maximum life out of it. Caring for your home and the roof on a regular basis will maximize your selling potential if you decide to move.

Eileen Saunders, REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford MS 38655, 662-404-0816 or 662-234-5344 Equal Housing

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Stormy Weather

Bad weather is forecasted for today in Mississippi. You can read about it here.

With the tornadoes that hit south of Holly Springs last month still fresh in our minds, it’s a good time to plan your property for winds and heavy rain this Spring.

First, if you don’t have a shelter or access to a neighborhood shelter, find a spot in your house that is low to the ground and in the center of your house. If it happens to be a closet, clean it out now so that you and your family can climb in and hunker down if necessary. There is no time to clean closets in an emergency.

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Once you have that place, it’s a good idea to have a weather radio stored in there. You can purchase the wind-up, no-battery necessary kind so you don’t have to think about batteries.  There are other options so shop around, but don’t procrastinate.

If you have extra pillows, store them in that closet so you will have protection for your head and face if needed.  Also, be sure to keep shoes handy.  If you are unfortunate to have your house struck by damaging winds, it will be easier to walk around with shoes, than with bare feet.

If you do have a shelter, clean it out. It should not be a storage area. It could save your life but not if you can’t fit into it. If you have space and have to store anything, keep water, flashlights, shoes, jacket for each person using it.

One thing my family does is this: if we know bad weather is forecasted, we put the family binder (important papers) in our saferoom. We keep glasses, wallets, car/house keys and at least one laptop handy to take inside with us.  Why the laptop? Well, we backup our computers to the cloud. If the house gets damaged along with our computers, we can always access our files and photos. I’ll write about the family binder and the cloud in another article.

Keep a weather-alert app on your phone. I have several: WeatherBug, Weather Channel, Simple Weather are a few I am currently using. I suggest keeping no less than two on your phone. One may not pick up an alert quickly and you will want to know ASAP if something is coming.  There are settings for severe weather, tornadoes, flood watches and warnings. You decide what you need.

Second, look outside your house. Do you have dead trees in the yard? Light-weight loose furniture? Things scattered about? Have these cleaned up for the spring.  These issues have potential for causing damage when an otherwise high wind on its own might not.

Third, look at your roof. Are any shingles missing? Are any shingles loose?  Have these repaired/replaced quickly. Water damage to your house can be costly so take preventative measures.

These are just a few things you can do to prepare for stormy weather. Be safe.

Eileen Saunders, REALTOR with Tommy Morgan REALTORS, 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, MS 38655, 662-404-0816 | 662-234-5344 Equal Housing