Patricia Paul Properties

Patricia Paul Properties

Commentary on Tucson Area Real Estate, Home Ownership, Rental Homes, and Life around the Tucson Community

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Our homes suffer months of baking in 100+ temperatures every summer, but then eventually the heat subsides, and we jump into the fall.   We all appreciate the cooler weather when it arrives, and that is a good time to take a look around your home.  Look for any areas on the exterior that are damaged or need touch-up.  Check for holes or defects that might be unwanted havens for bees or other insects.  Look around the base of your home for any evidence of termites.  You might see a mud-like trail coming up from the ground.  If so, have a professional come out and treat and consider placing your home under a termite warranty.

If your home has a pitched roof and gutters, check to see they are clean and obstruction-free.   Carefully take a look at the roof if you are able.  Are tiles or shingles missing?   On a built-up reflective roof,  look for areas where the coating is deteriorating or determine when to schedule the next recoating.   If you have and use a fireplace, you might consider having it inspected or the chimney swept.

Make sure you cover and protect your exterior hose bibs and piping to prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting.  You might consider wrapping them in a sleeve or foam covering.   Yes, even Tucson has nights of hard freeze!  Check the weather stripping around the house and garage doors, and replace if necessary.

Inside your home, you might want to make sure your home is properly insulated.   Take a look in the attic or crawlspace of your home if you have access.   Are there areas that have insulation missing?  You should also check the windows, checking for gaps or drafts around the window frames.  Back in the midwest, homes had storm windows.  Here in Tucson it's rare to see them, but a lot of homes have dual-pane windows.  They help insulate, too.  If you see condensation inside the windows, the gas seal between the panes of the glass may be broken.  This is also a good time to replace the batteries in any smoke detectors and alarms.

Have your furnace serviced.  Having a professional keep an eye on your heating/cooling system can prevent troubles down the road.  One of the best things you can do is be faithful about replacing or cleaning (washing off) your filters, whichever your system calls for.  This helps the system run more effiiciently and saves you money in the long run.  Check the furnace vents and how they are aimed.  Are there rooms or areas you never use that you are heating unnecessarily?

These simple steps should get you through the colder months and help keep your home in tip-top shape.

Patricia Paul, GRI  *** *** (520) 548-2078



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