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Good home roof self-inspection habits could yield short and long term financial rewards, including keeping the value of your home strong. But, what should you look for while inspecting your house’s roof? Of all the signs that your roof is healthy absence of leaks is consistently an indicator of good roof structure. Additional signs that your house roof is in good shape include:
  • Healthy shingles. Roof shingles should not be missing, darkly stained or eroding. Roof shingles should also not be cracked, curled or cupped.
  • Dry and clean exterior walls are other potential signs that your house roof is healthy. Wet or stained walls could be a sign that your roof is leaking.
  • Ceilings that are free of water spots may be evidence that your roof does not have cracks or leaks. If you spot stains or spots in a room, consider inspecting your roof. See no damage, but the problem persists? It may be time to call a roofing contractor.
  • When it rains, even during hard rains, if all rooms in your home, including your basement, remain dry, your roof could be in good condition.
  • Age is another indicator that your roof may be healthy. Depending on the type of material your roof is made of, your roof could remain healthy for 15 to 25 years.
  • Caulk is solid and not cracking.
  • Moss and rust are not seen on the top or bottom of your roof.
  • Vent pipes are free of rust.
  • There are no dents or misshaped portions of the roof. Hailstorms and heavy snowfalls could cause a roof to dent or become misshaped. Consider inspecting your roof following a hard storm, as high winds, hail damage could lead to more troubling issues. To keep your roof healthy during winter, it’s advisable to leave a light layer of snow on the roof. But, you don’t want to leave several inches of snow on the roof for a prolonged period.
A fire retardant roof system could protect your entire home. The National Center for Biotechnology Information recommends a Class A fire rated roof system. If you are in the process of buying a house, ask the inspector to tell you the roof system class for the house you are thinking about purchasing. Pay attention to water stains on walls. You could also ask your realtor if the house has flooded before. If you’re a current homeowner, inspect your house roof at least once a year (and following a hard storm). Similar to an annual physical checkout with your physician, regular roof inspections can help you to spot erosion and damage early, potentially saving you from costly roof repairs or roof replacement.

This Single-Family in Harwich, MA recently sold for $850,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Mark Uppendahl - William Raveis Real Estate & Homes Services.


254 Bank St, Harwich, MA 02646

Harwichport

Single-Family

$929,000
Price
$850,000
Sale Price

12
Rooms
5
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
A Distinctive Harwich Port Property. This exquisitely renovated 1840 Sea Captains house is the perfect choice for the Buyer who is looking for a blend of authentic character and rich appointments set on beautifully landscaped grounds. This home is highlighted by details such as tall windows an elegant vaulted spiral staircase, curved walls and 10 foot ceilings. A landmark of sorts to Bank Street with its majestic 2 story columns. As you enter the home through the proper front door you find the formal living room with original features and a separate parlor-library room. The formal dining room with china closet is perfect for hosting dinner parties. The well appointed kitchen with breakfast bar, window seat with storage, pantry and laundry room lead to the sun-drenched family room with wet bar and sliders that lead to the bluestone patio and custom pergola. The backyard abuts conservation and serves as outdoor living space from the patio for nights by the fire pit.

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The exterior of your home is just as important as the interior. The outside needs to fit the needs of you and your family. Good landscape design can have a big impact on a home. A high quality exterior allows for outdoor activities and brings more value to your home. 

The big question is- who will do the landscaping? You and your family? Maybe you’ll hire a professional landscaper to help you complete these jobs. Landscaping isn’t a simple job. It’s more than adding stones and walkways to the yard and planting or mowing grass. When you want to transform the outside of your home, you’ll need a vision and plans to execute that vision. Here’s just some of the advantages to hiring a professional landscaper:



You’ll Get What You Pay For


These landscaping professionals are just that- professional. You’ll know when you hire them that you’ll be getting high quality work in return for your investment. While you may miss trimming a few branches of a bush on your own, a pro landscaper will get every last leaf.    


How Much Will Materials Cost?


It would take time to look for materials that can be used for landscaping. It would also be an out-of-pocket expense for you to include with the time it takes to complete landscaping jobs on your own. Professional landscapers have these supplies readily available to them.  


Landscaping Takes Time


If you hire a landscaper, they know exactly what they’re doing. They’re also completing a job while you are off doing other things. You’ll save quite a bit of time if you hire one.  


Landscapers Know What They’re Doing


When you hire a landscaping professional, they know what kinds of plants that you’ll need to get your desired look. They’ll also know how to care for these plants. You could run into quite a few problems without the proper knowledge and experience. Left on your own, there are many different things that can go wrong while completing a landscaping project. You could place the plants in the wrong order, not have level ground, or end up with a lower quality project than you had originally hoped for. When you hire a professional, you know that a project is being carefully planned from start to finish. If the company doesn't execute it the way you’d like, you can always request that they fix it. If you make a major mistake on your own outdoor project, it’s on you!


There’s many advantages to hiring professional landscaping help. From regular yard maintenance to major outdoor projects, it’s a good idea to have help that knows exactly what they’re doing to save you from headaches at a later time.    


If you were to look at a photo of a suburban neighborhood from the 1950s and one from today, you would notice many similarities. The houses have gotten much larger, but they still have perfectly manicured lawns and milky white fences. American culture has come a long way since the days of nuclear families. An emphasis on conservation and environmentalism has added recycling bins to many of our homes. But by and large our backyards remain mostly unchanged. Some people are electing to deviate from those norms to make their homes and yard more eco-friendly. Part of that change has been to adapt natural landscaping techniques that make your backyard seem less chiseled-out and more a part of its natural environment. With proper planning and care, natural landscaping can give your yard both a modern and natural look, and it won't look messy or overgrown. Here are some tips to get you started on natural landscaping in your backyard.

Native planting

A big part of natural landscaping is understanding your local plant life. Planting flora that is native to your area is not only helping your yard look more natural but also helping your local plant and wildlife. Often we bring in "exotic" plants and flowers without understanding the ecological issues that can arise from invasive species, both on other plants as well as on the local animals. So what are some ways you could alter your yard to house more local plant life? That depends entirely on your taste and on your local flora. If you live in a coastal, warm area, you might choose a sand or shell path in your yard that leads through tall grasses. If you live inland it might make more sense to choose stones or pebbles for your walkway and a variety of shrubs, flowers, and grasses for around the yard.

Lawn dividers

You won't find any white picket fences naturally occurring in the woods. But nature has its own barriers that can be adapted for use around your property. Vines, trees, bushes, and even rocks can all be used as natural barriers. People have used rock walls to mark of their property for centuries, and for good reason: they last forever (with some occasional maintenance) and they compliment the natural environment of your yard.

Make your lawn livable

Your lawn should be hospitable for your plants, your local wildlife, and for you. Using natural wooden benches, tree swings, and maintained paths will make your backyard look like the walkthrough gardens that we see in old English manor houses. But you should also keep in mind the birds, bugs, and other animals that will frequent your yard. By not using chemical insecticides or weed killers you're already helping your local wildlife thrive. But you can attract even more birds by setting inconspicuous feeders in the trees around your yard.

What's to gain from natural landscaping?

Aside from looking nice, natural landscaping has countless other benefits. When you're growing plants native to your area you know the plants are predisposed to grow well in your yard. That means less maintenance, watering, and less money spent buying replacements for dead plants. You'll be helping the local wildlife fit in, and you'll be helping yourself by giving your yard a refreshing, natural look.

Finding an apartment or a house that you can afford to rent can take a lot of stress off of you. If the actual apartment or house that you move into looks as beautiful as the model that the landlord or leasing agent showed you,count yourself as fortunate.

The fact is, unless you’re renting a place that has been fully upgraded or newly built, the actual space that you live in probably won’t look half as attractive as the model you were shown, the seemingly perfect unit that you based your decision on where to rent on. That happens with many rental units.

Protect yourself from renting from a rogue landlord

Instead of getting a unit that mirrors the model, you could step into areal estate nightmare. Notice two or more of the below signs where you rent, and it might be time to move.

Structural damages like cracked ceilings, water stains on the walls and discolored carpeting are signs that you’ll likely notice immediately if you move into a rental unit that has been properly maintained. Report these conditions immediately, as they could indicate that there is further damage to the property. Even if you don’t move out, you don’t want the landlord to hold you responsible for the damages. Other signs that you could be dealing with a rogue landlord include:

  • Poor to no heat in the apartment or house that you’re renting – And it’s not just that there is no heat or poor heating. When you alert the landlord, she does nothing to repair or replace the heating system.
  • Inadequate air conditioning – If you’re paying for central air conditioning or a window air conditioner that the landlord owns, those systems should function properly. A good landlord will make sure that all systems are operating adequately before you move in.
  • Unsafe drinking and bathing water – Brown water could indicate that the water is contaminated with a chemical or rust. A rogue landlord may keep telling you that the water will eventually clear on its own.He may also indicate that you have to just deal with the unclean water.
  • Mold – Mold can cause you and your family to become ill. Spot mold at your rental unit and you’ll know that the landlord has not been ensuring that the unit is cleaned between leases or as one tenant moves out and another tenant moves in.
  • Pests – Cock roaches should not be your co-tenants. Neither should ants, rats, mice or termites.
  • Lack of exterior building lights – Poor exterior lighting can attract people who choose to commit crimes. A rogue landlord won’t care enough about your safety to install good lighting, security cameras or an alarm system.
  • No interior safety lights in stairwells – If you rent an apartment that has an exterior stairway, this area should be lit when it gets dark.
  • Rising rents that are too high to be competitive with area markets – A rogue landlord might raise your rent with short notice. They also might raise rents until the rent is no longer competitive with the market or the type of apartment or house you’re renting.

One of the best ways to protect yourself from a rogue landlord is to thoroughly review a lease agreement. There are several details to include in a rental lease. To protect yourself, in general, you’ll want to make sure that the lease agreement is in writing, and that the agreement indicates who is responsible for repairs. Also, make sure that the written lease agreement states when rents could increase and how much notice must be given before the landlord raises the rent. And ensure that the written agreement states how much the security deposit is, under what conditions the deposit can be withheld and how many days after you move out the security deposit will be refunded to you.




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