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Your Charlotte Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

hearst-tower-1-1562342In Charlotte, autumn means more than changing leaves and lower temperatures for homeowners — it also means time to check off a variety of home maintenance tasks before winter arrives. Whether you live amongst the tree-lined streets of Dilworth or in a golf community in Southeast Charlotte, the fact is, with winter just around the corner, every good homeowner knows that now is the perfect time to knock out a few important projects, before the temperatures drop enough to make it tougher.

What should you include in your fall home maintenance checklist here in the Queen City? Here is a look:

 

  1. Clean the Gutters: The end of fall is the perfect time to clean leaf buildup and other debris out of your gutters, before winter has had a chance to freeze them. Even though Charlotte has fairly mild winters, there is always a chance that the colder months will bring heavy snow or ice, which can potentially pull loose gutters off the house, Take the time now to check all fastenings and make sure your gutters are secure.
  2. Get a Furnace Inspection: Your heating system is likely to see a lot of use during winter, when daily temperatures average in the 40 degree Fahrenheit range, so make the investment now to keep it running smoothly. “For about $80 to $100, a technician will inspect your furnace or heat pump to make sure the system is clean and in good repair,” notes Kiplinger Magazine. Plus, “if you act soon, you’ll minimize the chance of being 200th in line for repairs on the coldest day of the year.”
  3. Minimize Air Leaks: When you’ve got the heat cranked high this winter, you don’t want to let warm air leak outside, raising the costs to keep your home warm and wasting energy. That is why today is a good time to check for air leaks and use caulk to seal cracks or weatherstripping to seal windows.
  4. chimneyGet a Chimney Inspection: Planning to use your fireplace or wood stove this winter? Schedule your annual chimney and flue inspection. Whether you want an occasional cozy night by the fire or plan to use your fireplace for emergency heating, an inspection will make sure you’re ready. Likewise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends, “if you’ll be using a fireplace, wood stove or kerosene heater, install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated.”
  5. Seal and Insulate Ducts: Typically located in a home’s attic or basement, air ducts can account for about a 20 percent loss of heating when they aren’t properly sealed and insulated, says Energy.gov. However, “tightly sealed and insulated ducts can potentially reduce your annual energy bills by $120 or more!” That is why taking the time now to get your ducts checked, sealed and insulated is well worth the effort, both for the better heating and cost savings down the road.
  6. Prep Your Outdoor Spaces: Whether you have a deck, a patio or an outdoor grill, the end of fall is typically a good time to start wrapping furniture, putting away gear and prepping your outdoor spaces for winter. Likewise, shut off your exterior faucets, drain pipes and sprinklers, and remove leaves from your deck to help prevent mildew and mold from forming.

 

As one season ends, another begins — so get ready for another Charlotte winter by taking preventative steps to prepare your home now, while the weather’s still warm enough to enjoy being outside. Use the ideas above as a home project checklist so that your property will be warm and well-prepared for the colder months.

 

Article Provided By Sajjan Dhaliwal, the founder of Jas-Am Group. They are a custom luxury homebuilder and remodeler in Charlotte, NC that has been servicing the area and surrounding neighborhoods since 1985.

 

 

 

 

Real Estate Market Update: November 2013

The seasonal slow begins as 2013 starts winding down.

The latest stats (pulled from September 2013) show that home prices continued a 10-month long climb while interest rates stayed low creating an unusually desirable market for both sellers and buyers. Here are a couple of charts the On the Move team thinks are important to see this month.

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November 2013

Interest rates are still at historical lows in the wake of the gov’t shutdown.

 

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November 2013

 Inventory levels are still lower-than-average and should remain so
throughout the traditional seasonal slow down.

 

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KW November 2013 Real Estate Market

Click on the logo above to see a short video by Keller Williams
on the state of the current market.

Contact On the Move Charlotte today to talk about how these statistics will affect your home!

 

Best Twitter Pics of Fall in Charlotte

Fall is a great time of year to be anywhere, but nowhere beats The Queen City in autumn. We love checking out Twitter for current real estate news and local tidbits, but lately we’ve noticed some of the coolest fall photos of Charlotte we’ve ever seen!

Check out our favorite CLT fall Tweets from the last few weeks!

thanks to @EdPiotrowski

 

thanks @mikehanson28210

 

thanks @MovingtoCLT

 

Tweet us your best fall in Charlotte pics to @OntheMoveCLT!

 

 

 

 

Reasons to Love Fall in The Queen City

Charlotte is a great place to be all year round, but fall is a particularly fabulous season to frolic in this part of NC.

 

From the chill in the morning air to the smell of Pumpkin Spice lattes, fall is just around the corner. Here are a few of On the Move Charlotte’s favorite things about autumn in the Queen City!

 

 

festival in the parkFestivals About Town

Charlotte has a ton of wonderful festivals to attend in fall:

Festival in the Park: September 20-22nd, Freedom Park
Charlotte Oktoberfest: September 28, NC Music Factory
Blues and Jazz Festival: October 3rd, Rock Hill, SC

Concerts This Fall

Lots of places in town hold fall concert series and special one-time concerts:

RiverJam Concert Series Fall Finale: October 12th, US National Whitewater Center
UNC Charlotte Fall Concert Series: Beginning September 28th

haunted millHalloween!

Halloween in Charlotte is a big occasion. Here are a few of the biggest events!

The Haunted Mill: This terrifying haunted house is open now through early November
Queen City Ghost Tours: October 20-31st in Uptown
Scarowinds: Carowinds theme park’s annual Halloween extravaganza runs through the end of October

maize mazeFamily Activities

There are lots of ways Charlotte encourages family time in fall…

Maize Maze: This massive corn maze is open now through November 2nd
Fall Butterflies at the Charlotte Nature Museum: Now through the end of fall
Pumpkin Patches: There are many patches in CLT open until early November

Races and Runs

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People in Charlotte are all about healthy outdoor activities. Here are a few of the largest runs and races in town:

Dirty Dozen Trail Race: October 12th, US National White Water Center
Rocktoberfest Half-Marathon: October 12th, Uptown
Pajama Run: November 2nd, Promenade at Providence
Thunder Road Marathon: November 16th, all over town

 

Fall is also a great time to check out open houses and make an appointment to see homes you’re interested in.

Call On the Move Charlotte today to talk about your options for buying or selling a home this fall!