Here in the Midwest it's been awfully rainy as of late. Because of this, I just want to remind everyone how important it is to check your gutters. When gutters don't drain water, it sits around your home and creeps into your foundation, and this can turn into serious problems.
An easy way to do this is to wait for it to rain, and then go outside and check your gutters to see if they're draining properly. You might get a bit wet, but it's all worth it in the end. I had my gutters cleaned a month ago, but a bird recently built a nest in them and clogged them up. This is why it's important to check often before your home's foundation becomes a big issue.
It's always better to act early and often on your home's foundation when problems arise, and my friends at Foundation King can help you out. I highly recommend these guys - they've helped me out many times.
That's all I have for you today, I just wanted to offer up some advice for you during the rainy season here in Kansas City.
As always, refer to me as your #1 resource for real estate assistance in the Kansas City area!
Since spring is finally upon us, we want to take this opportunity to touch on a very important issue we often come across around this time of year.
The winter takes a toll on a lot of Kansas City homes, and as a result, people struggle to keep the exterior of their home in good enough shape to keep water out. Whether it's plumbing inside or the elements outside, water is a home's worst enemy. In order to protect your property from the various damages water can cause, there are a few things you need to look at now that spring has sprung.
The grading around your property is very important. You want one inch of fall per foot per six feet grading around your property. This way, when water hits the ground, it will run away from your foundation. If you're not careful about your grading, water could drop or crack your patio! The first two or three years that you're in a home, you're going to see some settling. If you have a home that is three years or less, add some dirt, seed, or sod around your foundation to help with drainage.
Another thing you want to do at this time is test your sump pumps and make sure they are running properly. We get about five listings a year where we have to disclose that the home has water in the basement as a result of defective sump pumps.
Every year, wood rots or moves - it's just something that happens over the course of a long Kansas City winter. Take a look at your siding and around your foundation and caulk any cracks or gaps that you find. You want to make sure everything is buttoned down tight to prevent future problems.
If you have any questions about how you can protect your home from weather damage, or if you need any real estate assistance at all, give me a call or shoot me a quick email. We always love to hear from you!