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7 Fall Maintenance Moves that Will Save You Thousands

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Home Improvement

 
Cleaning the gutters, a necessary part of fall maintenance

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With the dog days of summer behind us, fall is the perfect time for home maintenance.

A few weekends of work before the weather really turns will help you get ready for winter and avoid any nasty surprises—and big repair bills—the cold might bring.

Here’s your must-do checklist for fall.

1. Gutter Maintenance

Clogged gutters can allow overflowing water to damage walls, spark a rodent infestation and erode your landscaping. Worse, the water can leak through your foundation, causing a flood in your basement.

A minor flood could cost $500 to $1,500 to repair, if you catch the problem quickly. If you don’t, there could be mold, damage to the sheet rock and ruined installation to repair as well, pushing the cost up to $10,000 or more.

To prevent a problem before it starts, clean and repair your gutters early in the fall. Once cleaned and repaired, consider adding a layer of waterproof mesh over your gutters to keep leaves out.

2. Protect Screen Doors

Winter’s harsh weather can rip holes in screen doors or cause the metal to rust. Replacing a damaged screen door in the spring will cost you from $150 for a lightweight model to $225 for a heavy-duty model.

To keep your screen doors intact, remove the door, clean the screen and store it in a dry place until spring.

3. Shingles

Scaling your roof to check for loose or broken shingles may not seem like the ideal Saturday, but if left unattended, small problems in your roofing can lead to major leaks during the winter as rain, hail, sleet and snow pound your home.

Professional repairs on a 10-by-10-foot roof cost an average of $630. Save yourself money and make the small repairs now.

4. Winterize Your Pipes

Burst pipes are a costly problem. A non-urgent call to a plumber can cost up to $250, while an emergency pipe repair can cost up to $600. Repairing the damage from the resulting flood could costs thousands more.

In cold climates, you need to winterize your pipes to protect your home. Outdoors, shut the water off to any spigots and drain any remaining water by briefly turning on the spigot. Indoors, locate any exposed pipes that may get cold in the winter. Wrap the pipes in foam or vinyl insulation to prevent freezing.

5. Mind the Gap

Gaps in your window or door frames let in cold air, causing your heater to work overtime all winter long, but these have an easy fix.

Start by running your hand over windows and doors. If you feel a draft, apply weather stripping around the frame to create a tighter feel. Sealing up those leaks can reduce your utilities bills by up to 10%.

6. Call the Chimney Sweep

Your fireplace should be inspected and cleaned once a year, even if you don’t use it much. While a professional may charge up to $350, it is worth the cost.

The most minor potential problem is that the lining of the chimney could crack, costing $2,000 to $4,500 to repair. At worst, the chimney could force carbon monoxide into your home or cause a fire.

7. Test Your Heater

Before the cold sets in, fire up your heater.

After your home starts to warm up, walk from room to room. If you notice cold spots, loud screeching sounds or strange smells, you may have a heating problem.

If the furnace stops working, repairs could cost $325 to $475. And if you wait until the busy season, technicians may raise their prices.

Boulder County Third Quarter Sales

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Boulder County Third Quarter Sales

Continuing with trends we saw in the second quarter, properties in Boulder County are spending less time on the market and selling at higher prices compared to this time last year. In Boulder, the average sales price of a single-family home rose almost 11%, while the median price rose almost 5%. For condos and townhomes in Boulder, the average days to contract decreased by almost 12%, while the average days to contract for single-family homes decreased in most areas around the county, with the notable exception of Superior. The figures suggest this year’s seller’s market stayed strong throughout the summer.
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Things to do around town

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Things to do around town

If you’re wondering what to do this fall, don’t forget about our wonderful museums here in Boulder, including the Boulder History Museum. The museum is now featuring the return of the award-winning exhibition, “Chief Niwot: Legend and Legacy.” Boulder also has a number of live music shows every weekend at venues around the city, including a show in early November featuring Colorado favorites Elephant Revival, a five-member band from Nederland. And if you’re a parent, make sure to bring your kids to the Munchkin Masquerade in downtown Boulder on Halloween. Kids will be able to trick-or-treat along the Pearl Street Mall!

If you want to have input on our arts and culture scene, consider taking part of a city project dubbed “culture kitchen” this week. There will be 13 “neighborhood conversations,” focus groups and a Farmer’s Market event, all with the goal of answering the following: “What is the city’s vision for arts and culture in the next 9 years?” Learn more here.

Tips to sell this winter

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Tips to sell this winter

Selling this winter? These tips will help you make the most of showcasing your home in the winter landscape. For starters, make sure potential buyers can make it to your front door without slipping or trekking through lots of snow! You can also give buyers a reason to linger on a cold day by keeping your place nice and toasty, providing warm cookies and playing soothing music in the background.

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