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Winter Is Fast Approaching, It’s Time To Prepare Your Home

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Winter Is Fast Approaching, It’s Time To Prepare Your Home

Fall Aspen Grove on Steamboat Springs Ski Area - Mt. Werner

Fall Aspen Grove on Steamboat Springs Ski Area – Mt. Werner

The leaves are gradually turning and the nights have been getting cold. The veggie patch is done for the summer and the ice scraper was put back in the car this morning (after being used!). For many of us fall is the most gorgeous time of the year, but snow will falling soon and for homeowners it is important to get your home ready for the cold winter season.

Here are some tips to help prepare your home for winter:

  •  Lawn, Garden & Deck
    • Mow grasses short and fertilize lawn prior to snowfall (assists spring growth plus can reduce rodent damage in winter)
    • Put away outdoor cushions, furniture & toys
    • Drain & winterize outdoor faucets & irrigation systems
    • Drain & put away hoses
    • Trim branches that hang over house or near home

Be Spring Smart

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Be Spring Smart.

When you think of flooding, images of rivers breaking levees and cars submerged in water come to mind. But what many people don’t realize is that everyone is at risk of spring flooding, even if you don’t live near a body of water.

Yampa River flooding Rotary Park, Steamboat Springs

Yampa River flooding Rotary Park, Steamboat Springs

Spring in the mountains is unpredictable – warmer sunny weather mixed with snow, sleet and rain; a perfect cocktail for flooding. The frozen ground is slowly thawing but the rapidly melting snow and rain cannot be absorbed so creates runoff. Storm drains are often backed up, water levels are rising and streams are flowing fast. It only takes a few inches of water to cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. And in addition to flooding, this movement of water can also trigger landslides and cause damage to vegetation.

To all the home owners out there, our suggestions to you are:

Nest: Technology Changing Property Management

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Nest: Technology Changing Property Management

 

Nest Photo

Your Steamboat Spring property is the sanctuary you escape to whenever you get the chance, but busy schedules and distance can make it tricky to check in and make sure everything is just as you left it.  That tingling at the back of your neck or knot in your stomach telling you that something is amiss can drive you mad. Fortunately now you can make sure the mechanical room is warm and dry, the stove is off and your new ski’s were delivered wherever you have cell service or an Internet connection.

Many of you will already use or be considering using a property management company to monitor and maintain your vacation home. At a minimum, your home would be inspected on a weekly basis. But with the possibility of freezing pipes, leaks, flat alarm batteries, wildlife letting themselves through the open dog door, is that enough? Plus, these services don’t come cheap.

2 Tips To Save Your Home From Flooding

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Flooding in Steamboat Springs

Flooding in Steamboat Springs

It’s Sump Pump Season – That time of year when the snow is melting and crawl spaces and basements can flood. Because we have a lot of snow melt in a short amount of time, many homes in Steamboat experience flooding which can be devastating.

Luckily, you can avoid this awful and costly situation with 2 simple devices: 1. A sump pump   2. Water powered back-up pump.

1. A sump pump

A sump pump removes water from a crawl space or basement and can be purchased at most home improvement stores starting at $145.

Fortunately, a sump pump requires little maintenance, until it stops working. And if a sump pump fails to operate when needed, flooding ensues.

There are 2 ways for a sump pump to stop working:

• Sump pump breaks ( which they do )

• The power goes out ( which it does )