I am so happy to report that the beautiful Fall is here! Fall is a great time to do some annual inspections on your home while the weather is nice.
So Here’s your Honey-Do List!
- Check smoke detectors and fire extinguishers – Testing and replacing batteries in your smoke detectors should be done every year. Be sure you have a fire extinguisher (most homes have 2 or 3 depending on square footage and layout). Check the pressure, seal, expiration date and overall condition annually.
- Inspect and clean your fireplace and chimney – Inspection of your fireplace and chimney should also be done annually. This is something you can do on your own or hire a professional. Keeping a clean and functioning fireplace can save you from possible smoke and fire damage to your home.
- Inspect your heating and air system – Doing a spring and fall inspection of your heating and air system can eliminate problems in the summer and winter. You will want a professional to take care of this for you.
- Check Windows – Check your windows for gaps which can be resolved by applying weather stripping around the frames of your windows to keep heat in and the cold out of your home this winter.
- Check roof and shingles – Inspecting your roof annually will help you avoid problems in the future. Look for any shingles that may be buckling, curling, missing or broken. A quick overall look for any issues can be a lot easier than repairs later.
- Clean and repair gutters – While you are up there looking at your roof is a good time to clean and repair any gutter problems.
- Draining and winterizing your outdoor faucets and irrigation system is another task better done in the fall before cold weather starts to set in.
Most of these routine chores can be done by you or you can call a professional to help out. Moore Development is here to point you in the right direction. Don’t forget to call us with any questions and don’t forget to enjoy the fall season!
Cool breezes, blue skies, bright sun … where have you been? Fall is finally here, and for now, the excessive rain seems to be gone in North Carolina. Fall is a great time of the year for outside activities with your friends and family. What better way to host a get-together than to have a screened porch or other outside entertainment area on your home.
Screened porches are especially common in the south, where the weather is mild, where neighbors and families gather for barbecues and birthday parties. You can enjoy the fresh air minus flies and mosquitos. Screened Porches aren’t the only option of outside living space on your home. You will find several other possibilities such as pergolas, decks, patios, and more.
Pergolas are pretty shaded walkways or sitting areas with vertical posts that support an open roof of girders and cross rafters. Sometimes you will find them attached to the home or more often in flower gardens with vine growing plants that shade you from the sun while enjoying the Carolina’s warm weather. Patios also can be attached or unattached to the home. They are typically made of concrete or stone on the ground level and do not have any structure or railings. A patio is a great option if you would like to include a fire pit in your design. Unlike Patios, Decks can be attached at the first or second level of your home, usually constructed of wood with railings and provide a generous recreational area.
Having a great outdoor space that may include an outdoor kitchen, a space for the barbeque, cozy fire pits, an inviting hot tub and a relaxed sitting and dining areas can add value to your home and benefits to your life. If you are getting ready to build or are interested in adding such features, call us for a consultation today and be on your way to a more peaceful environment.
There are many things you can do to possibly avoid excessive damage to your home if a hurricane should impact your community. First it is important that you have prepared your home before the storm makes landfall. The most important areas to focus on are:
- A clean landscape yard is a good place to start prepping for a storm. All lawn furniture or decorations should be secured or affixed to ensure that it stays put in high winds or flooding. Trim any loose or weak limbs from trees around the property, as they can become airborne in the midst of it all.
- If you do not have Impact Glass Windows, be sure to board up your windows or close your hurricane shutters to dodge broken windows from hurricane force winds.
- Reinforcing your doors, especially a garage door is key to escaping massive damage.
- If possible, Seal or reinforce your roof with clips since it is one of the first to go when the winds start to pick up.
- Consider installing flood vents in your crawl space to allow water to flow freely. Many of the homes in this area are on stilts to avoid the possibility of collapsing due to the high water pressure from hurricanes or flooding.
Being prepared before a storm, alleviates stress and hopefully damage when it’s all said and done. Don’t forget to make sure your insurance policies are up to date, in the event your reinforcements were unsuccessful and be safe!