Now that Fall is fast-approaching, it’s officially time to think about a very exciting topic….
Fall Home Maintenance
I know, I know. It’s not exactly your ideal way to spend a weekend. But I promise you, you’ll be glad you did when it’s one of those chilly winter evenings and you don’t have to deal with falling tree limbs.
Here are my top 4 items to take care of this fall to get your home ready for the colder weather to come.
1. Care for your trees and shrubs. Pruning unhealthy limbs from your trees will help avoid falling limbs in winter storms. There are plenty of online resources like this article to help you differentiate between a dangerous limb and a safe, healthy one. You may also want to consider hiring a Certified Arborist to get a pair of expert eyes on your trees.
2. Clean your gutters. Everyone’s favorite task, right? Just because our leaves don’t turn spectacular colors in Austin doesn’t mean they don’t fall off and clog our gutters. Cleaning your gutters is a great precaution against roof and siding damage during fall rainstorms, so don’t skimp on this one!
3. Schedule your heating system maintenance. Taking care of your maintenance now will ensure that your system is in great shape for the season. Remember that chilly night when your water heater or heat pump broke? We all have a story like that. Avoid a crisis situation this year by making sure your system is ready to go ahead of time.
4. Go green. Conduct an energy audit to assess your home’s energy efficiency. Even if your home is newer, there are sure to be opportunities to save energy. The easiest thing to do first is to check your windows and doors for cracks and seal them to prevent drafts. You’ll be warmer, have a lower heating bill, and you’ll save energy. To learn more about conducting a home audit yourself, click here.
These tasks won’t take you long, but they’ll make a big difference for your home.
As always, if you or anyone you know is interested in buying or selling real estate, let me know! I would love to sit down and discuss how I can help you find your dream home in the Austin area.
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Marcela was born in Argentina and has lived in the US since 1993 and in Austin since 2004. She is versatile and multifaceted - being fully bilingual (English-Spanish) and possessing extensive experience with national and international clients. Since becoming a Realtor in 2008, Marcela has been successfully representing sellers, buyers, tenants and landlords.
Before becoming a Realtor, Marcela was an Early Childhood Educator and Administrator (M.Ed.) for nine years, followed by her work for over ten years in the non-profit sector as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). There, Marcela worked with children, families, and couples. It's this training and experience as an educator and family therapist that are instrumental in making Marcela unique in her role as a real estate consultant.
Marcela believes that most real estate transactions are the result of a life transition, whether it's marriage, divorce, empty nest, a new job, or a new child. Marcela's comprehensive experience and training in the fields of education and mental health allow her to provide a unique holistic approach to her business - to the tremendous benefit of her clients. Marcela is passionate about her role as a real estate agent and consultant, and she is known for having her clients' best interests in mind at all times. It's no mystery why 95% of her business is referral-based.
For any questions regarding real estate, referrals to other providers call Marcela at (512) 300-7406 or email her at Marcela@TheAmericasProperties.com"
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"I wouldn't have been able to sell my home if it was not for Marcela. She is an extremely astute real estate agent, who kept ALL my interests in mind while dealing with multiple buyers. She made sure to protect me from non-serious buyers as well as going out of her way to connect me with potential good buyers. She is extremely professional and helped me get unbiased contacts of many other home-related services such as house-cleaning, etc. My client-agent relationship with her would go much beyond this sale, and I HIGHLY recommend her for all your real-estate needs."