Are you Ready for Home Maintenance?

by Zarine, REALTOR® 10/06/2019

If your parents owned their home, you probably remember watching them work through weekend honey-do lists fixing things around the house. Now, you’re ready to buy your own home and take on that responsibility. You’ve read all the articles, found the best buyers agent, went through hundreds of properties until you found the perfect one, and now it's yours! Along with that furnace you’ve never checked, faucets that will leak eventually, gutters you’ve never cleaned and trees you’ve never cared for. Taking on the job of maintenance provider at your home can be a big job, but just like the purchase, you can be prepared for this too.

Ventilation and HVAC 

Check your windows and ensure they are sealed around the edges or add weather stripping as needed to prevent air coming in and messing with your perfect temperature. Its also essential to ensure your insulation is correct for your area, including the depth of your loose attic insulation. If your winter weather gets below freezing, remember to remove or winterize your window air conditioners as well.

Your HVAC system needs its own love and care as well. Regularly check and change out your filters, clean dust buildup from ducts and vents and get your furnace periodically inspected by a technician, so you know if there are any more significant issues and whether or not you are due for a professional cleaning.

Water

Water can be the most dangerous element in your home. Small leaks can hide within your walls causing mold, mildew, rot and more serious physical damage. Make sure you know what kinds of pipes run through your house and where you are in danger of springing leaks. Check those areas regularly. If you live in a winter area that gets down to or below freezing, you may need to leave your indoor faucets dripping in winter to protect your pipes from freezing.

Outdoors, keep your gutters clean year-round so that water doesn’t build up around your roof. Make sure all the spouts in your system point away from the home and the foundation. Lastly, ensure that your roof is in good repair to prevent leaks and further damage. 

It's important to know what maintenance the home needs, so if it's you're first, start with a candid conversation with the current owners. If they lived there for a time, they might be willing to share traits of the home with you to help direct your maintenance plan. Talk to your real estate agent about getting the right inspections and professionals to learn about your home.

About the Author
Author

Zarine, REALTOR®

With over two decades of real estate industry experience, Zarine focuses on the San Francisco Bay Area marketplace. From single family homes, condos, townhouses to multi-family residences. She works extensively with investors to upgrade, remodel sell residential and commercial properties. She has consistently been in the top 5 agents out of over 300 agents in the Company.

Zarine has been a Bay Area resident since 1977. She has been active in real estate since 1988. In addition to helping buyers and sellers find their dream home, Zarine and her husband Neville started investing in Real Estate in the Bay Area since 1978. They own and maintain several rental properties and also regularly purchase, fix, and sell homes. They have a team of contractors, landscapers, and tradespeople that they can recommend. They built our own home from scratch and worked closely with the architect in the vision and design. Together, they are involved in every aspect of real estate and live it daily.

Having traveled extensively around the world, Zarine is able to accommodate each of her clients’ unique needs, and prides herself on being a strong listener and communicator. Zarine’ s communication skills are an integral part of her success in real estate. She meets clients from all walks of life and dedicates herself to understanding each of their needs and goals. Zarine and Neville love what they do and have won several awards over the years. They are dedicated and have been with J.F.Finnegan brokers since 1995. In turn their clients are loyal as 95% of their business is from referrals. Real estate is more than just a profession to them; it is their hobby and passion.

PERSONAL INTERESTS:

Originally from Bombay, Zarine and Neville go back to India to visit family. They have travelled extensively around the world and love their annual escape to Maui. Zarine enjoys cooking, entertaining, gardening, reading, movies, and life! They have two daughters who live in San Francisco and their joy in their life are their three grandchildren.

AWARDS:

  • 2016 Emerald Elite #2 in the whole Company
  • 2015 Emerald Elite # 3 in the whole Company
  • 2014 Platinum Award #5 in the Company
  • 2013 Emerald Elite #1 Team in the Company
  • 2012 Platinum Award #1 Team in the Company
  • 2011 Platinum Award #1 Team in the Company
  • 2010 Masters Award #1 Team in the Company
  • Consistently Among the top 3 individual agents of over 300 agents at BHG
  • Chairman's Circle (Consistent Winners 2001, 2002, 2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009)
  • Winners of SAMCAR “SAMMY AWARDS”
  • San Mateo Association of Realtors (SAMCAR),California Association of Realtors (CAR), National Association of Realtors (NAR) San Jose Apartment Owners Association
  • Fine Homes Specialists, E Certified, Bankers Preferred Mortgage, CARTUS Relocation Certified