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If you’re thinking about buying a new house in Minnesota this year, now is a perfect time. The housing market, which was so hot last year that homes were selling almost immediately and often over asking price, has slowed a little. At the end of 2017, Zillow noted that 7.3 percent of Minnesota homes for sale were listed at reduced asking prices. Prices and inventory have both fallen since summer, too, giving buyers a little more power now than when the market was at its peak.
But no matter how good the market is, don’t be so delighted by the current prices that you forget the tips for buying a new home. Here are five things to look for in a new home in Minnesota, to make sure that you’re getting as good of a deal as you hope.
Some essential things to look for when buying a new home are signs that a seller has been putting off important maintenance of their home. Look for signs that minor maintenance has been left undone, and check behind pictures and furniture to make sure the seller isn’t hiding anything.
Small cracks in the foundation are okay, but gaping cracks might spell trouble. Other signs of problems include water damage in the basement, sticking windows and doors, and window and door frames that are no longer level or square.
Does the house smell earthy or musty when you walk in, or is there an overpowering fragrance that could be hiding something? Be sure to check floors, drywall, window frames, and other places for signs of water damage.
Make sure you or your inspector takes a look at the roof and siding to find out what kind of condition they’re in. Damaged roofing shingles and siding can be replaced, but you’ll want to make sure they haven’t been leaking for a while and causing damage that can’t easily be fixed.
Turn on the lights one by one, or turn on the appliances one by one, and make sure that adding more of a load to the system doesn’t cause the lights to dim. If they do, it may indicate that the wiring needs to be updated.
While it’s important to know what to look for when buying a new house, remember that no home is going to be perfect. Before you start your search decide how much work you’re willing to put into your new home. Repairs can always be done, but identifying potential problems will give you bargaining power. Once you’re ready to start remodeling, contact All Exteriors and we’ll replace your roof, siding, and help with any other repairs needed.
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The winter season may seem like the last time of year that you would want to work on your home, but there are several advantages to scheduling a home siding installation this time of year. Here are a few benefits of installing siding on your midwest home in the winter:
The first benefit of having your siding done in the winter is how much easier it is to schedule. Summer is a siding company’s busiest season, but since most people don’t schedule in the winter, you’ll have shorter waiting periods and your pick of dates. – No landscaping to work around. Another advantage to having your home siding replaced in the winter is that there isn’t any landscaping for the installers to work around. They won’t have to trim anything back, making their job faster and easier, and then you can enjoy your landscaping untouched when the warmer months roll around again.
If your siding has been in need of replacement for a while, you might have holes and crevices that have opened up in the siding or in the soffit and fascia, which small animals such as squirrels and mice have taken advantage of. Replacing the siding during the winter, while the animals aren’t about, will give you the opportunity to get rid of their nests without having to call in an exterminator.
New siding, when installed correctly, can help to insulate your home from extreme winter weather and prevent heat loss. The result is more economical heating of your home and an immediate reduction in your utility bill. You might experience a couple of cold days in the house while the work is done, but once it’s complete, you’ll get to enjoy the benefits right away.
Start the spring and summer out on the right foot by improving your home’s curb appeal now. Whether you install vinyl siding, EDCO Steel Siding, or LP Smartside Siding, the result is a much cleaner, more attractive look. Don’t forget to update your gutters while you’re at it! Doing this now is especially helpful if you’re planning on selling your home in the spring and want it looking its best.
Replacing your siding and gutters is advantageous no matter what time of year you do the work, but scheduling in the winter months gives you more flexibility and an immediate return that you won’t have if you wait until the weather warms up. Contact All Exteriors LLC today to schedule an installation of your new home siding, and cross that job off your to-do list sooner rather than later.
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Cleaning your gutters is always a messy, tedious job, but it’s downright unsafe when you can’t reach them easily. No one wants to have to tell the paramedics that they fell trying to clean their gutters! But like with everything, there’s a way to work smarter, not harder. Here are several tricks for how to clean gutters you can’t reach while keeping yourself safe.
Cleaning your gutters is a hassle, but a necessary one if you want them to function properly. If you’re tired of trying to figure out how to clean your gutters every year, or if you just don’t want to have to worry about them at all anymore, contact All Exteriors LLC and we’ll help you find a solution.
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If you live in the Midwest, have you ever wondered what is the best gutter guard to use? With heavily treed neighborhoods, lots of precipitation, and extreme weather, you need something that’s going to hold up to the demands of the changing seasons.
Midwest weather is nothing to sneeze at. From spring to early fall, the region gets a lot of rain. The Midwest can get as much as four inches of rain a month — or more, during wetter years, such as 2017. For instance, 2017 was Wisconsin’s eighth wettest year in recorded history, according to NOAA’s National Climate Report for 2017. This means not only a lot of rainfall but also a high potential for gutter clogs from leaves and debris.
Winters in the Midwest can also see a lot of precipitation, often in the form of heavy snows. For example, Minnesota sees an average of 36 inches of snow each year in the southern part of the state, but the northeastern part of the state, near Lake Superior, nearly doubles that with an average of 70 inches a year.
With these kinds of weather conditions, it’s important to have a gutter system that will do its job when you’re counting on it most.
Want a gutter system that will hold up better than the competition? Check out K-Guard seamless gutters.
Don’t let your old gutters fall down on the job. Midwest weather calls for redesigned gutters that will hold up to the demands placed on them — literally! Contact All Exteriors LLC today to purchase the best gutter guards for your Midwest home.
Winter is here and if you live in New Richmond, Wisconsin or the surrounding area that means plenty of snow and cold weather. Have you prepared your gutters for winter? A little ice, snow, and wind can wreak havoc on your gutters as they function as the first line of defense for your home. Without proper winterization, your gutters can clog, sag and crack creating problems inside your home when the ice begins to melt in the spring. Here are some tips to help you winterize your home and protect your gutters from ice damage.
When twigs and leaves clog gutters during winter, rainwater and melting snow can overflow, entering your attic and freezing on the ground. The water creates a slipping hazard and water damage to your home. Before winter begins, remove all of the debris from your gutters. To clean your gutters first remove large objects with a spade or wear gloves and remove them by hand. Next, check the slope of your gutter system. Make sure it is correctly positioned to move water toward your downspouts. Finally, make sure downspouts are directed away from your home’s foundation to ensure water does not enter your basement.
Leaves can continue to fall into your gutters even after the winter begins. Reduce risk by trimming back any tree branches near your roof. Snow and ice can also cause weakened limbs to snap and damage your home’s roof and gutters. Removing overhanging limbs can reduce risk.
In winter, water can freeze in your gutters creating ice dams. The dams can cause ice and snow to accumulate and can result in severe water damage to your home in spring. Have a professional install heat tape or an electric heating cable to your gutters. These cables produce a lot of heat and if not installed properly can cause significant damage.That is why it’s a job best left to professionals.
If you have an area where more ice and snow accumulates, create a de-icing barrier. Simply fill an old pair of pantyhose with calcium chloride and lay them across the roof. The chemicals will melt snow and ice, and the water will flow away, preventing sagging gutters and broken hinges.
Proper gutter cleaning and winterization can protect your home from damage all winter long. The best course of action is to call a professional to winterize your home. If you live in New Richmond, Wisconsin and the surrounding communities give All Exteriors LLC a call. Let us help you prepare your home for winter, quickly and affordably!
If you live in a climate that experiences long, cold winters like Wisconsin and Minnesota, ice dams can be a problem. While we all love the beauty of icicles hanging down from the eaves of our home creating that picture-perfect winter landscape, the fact is ice can wreak havoc if not addressed.
Ice dams are thick mounds of ice that build up along your home’s eaves. They can loosen shingles, tear off gutters, and cause water to back up and enter your home. This can result in serious damage that can be expensive to repair.
Ice dams form when heat from the roof melts the base of the snow on the roof. The water travels between the snow and your roof shingles until it reaches your gutters, which are cold because they extend beyond the exterior walls of your home. There, the water re-freezes, gradually growing into a mound of ice.
The flatter your roof, the easier it is for an ice dam to form and grow. If the snow and ice build up in your gutters, it can cause an ice dam to form.
Removing an ice dam is best accomplished by breaking it free in small pieces. It is best to have them steamed off of the home to prevent damage to your roof. This is slow and dangerous work, and is best done by an experienced professional like the experts at All Exteriors Home Improvement & Outdoor Living. Then it is suggested to get an estimate from All Exteriors for proper insulation and ventilation to help prevent the ice dams from forming again.
Of course, the ideal situation is to prevent ice dams from forming in the first place. This is best accomplished by addressing your home’s roofing system.
A professional roofer can seal all points where warm air enters from your living space immediately below the roof sheathing. Keeping your living space well-insulated can prevent conduction and convection of heat through the ceiling. Venting the roof to remove any heat that does leak is the final step.
Taking these steps will not only prevent ice dams, it will eliminate a significant loss of heat from your home. Truly a win-win solution!
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