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John F. O'Hara
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Homebuyers: Identifying Costly Repairs

March 12, 2015 1:54 am

(BPT) - When you're about to buy a house, it's easy to get excited about its great location, spacious floor plan or beautifully decorated interior. Before signing on the dotted line, use this checklist to help avoid some potentially costly surprises and anticipate repairs or upgrades that may be needed.

Roof
- Ask when the current roof was installed. Is it the original roof, or has it been replaced, repaired, or covered over with new shingles in certain spots? Are there known leaks, and if so, where are they? Have any of the leaks caused damage to the attic or interior? Also look at the chimney to see if it's properly sealed around the edges and whether the gutters need repair.

Windows and Doors
– Next, take a look at the windows to see if there is any condensation between the glass panes. If so, it could mean window replacements are in order. Once you get inside the house and close the front door, see if any light is coming through between the edge of the door opening and the wall. This gap is an indicator that the door may need to be replaced since air can escape through it and cause higher energy bills.

Lighting and Electrical
– Throughout the interior rooms, many homes are staged to appeal to buyers with attractive lighting that shows off the space to its best advantage. You may love the way the lamps look in the bedroom, office or kitchen, but more importantly, check out how many electrical outlets there are and whether they are in convenient locations. Also, make sure you check to see if the lamps are masking the fact that there are no ceiling fixtures in each room. Will you need to rig up extension cords or invest in electrical work in order to support all the lamps, ceiling fixtures, appliances and electronics you wish to use?

Furnace
– At the basement level, be sure to check out the heating system. If the current furnace is more than 10 years old, it may be operating at a much lower level of efficiency than the latest manufacturing standards require, resulting in higher energy costs. Newer models can operate at nearly 20 percent higher efficiency than the government minimum standard, for the ultimate in energy efficiency.

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Extend the Life of Your Washer and Dryer

March 12, 2015 1:54 am

One of the many perks of owning a home is having your own washer and dryer, but that convenience can be short-lived without adequate maintenance. To avoid having to replace an appliance, take these steps to ensure your machines are operating properly and efficiently for years to come.

Maintaining the Washer

Ideally, your wash machine will be installed at the proper level. If you notice a slight vibration when your machine is running, it may be a sign of an unbalanced washer. Unnecessary vibrations can damage the motor, so make sure the washer is (and remains) level.

When using your washer, take care not to overload the drum inside. Too much stress on the machine can shorten its life. You can find manufacturer recommendations for maximum capacity in the user manual. Whether you use liquid or powdered detergents or pre-measure pods, make sure to use the appropriate soap for your machine.

When your washer is not in use, keep the lid open. This will allow any excess water to evaporate, keeping mold and mildew at bay. If you won’t be using the washer for an extended period of time, consider turning off the water to prevent hose leakage.

Maintaining the Dryer


To keep your dryer in good working order, periodic maintenance is key. Vacuum the dryer exhaust ducts every few months to avoid lint buildup, and inspect the ducts for any wire damage. If you notice a duct deteriorating, replace it as soon as possible. On a regular basis, clear out your lint filter to avoid restricting airflow inside the dryer – not doing so can result in fire.

If you’re in the market for an upgrade, purchase a dry equipped with a moisture sensor, which will prevent clothes from over-dying, conserve energy and save you money.

Source: RISMedia’s Housecall

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