The Real Estate Book of Brazoria / Matagorda County, TX - Vol 33#13

Page 1 Request FREE MAGAZINES online, or call 800-841-3401 Volume 33, Issue 13 Brazoria / Matagorda County, Tx TO ADVERTISE, CONTACT: Shawna Alston Owner/Publisher 832-221-1355 See pages 3 & 19 for more details 979-233-SURF (7873) - 979-313-9910 - 979-482-1006


• 1 Ac- Bar X lakefront. Next to park. $39K

• 1 Ac- Tres Palacios- Extraordinary river lot! $49K

• 1.2 Acs- Oaks of Suncreek Ranch. Corner lot. $109K

• 2+ Acs- CR 36 at Jones Rd near Rosharon. Wooded homesites. NO flooding! $160’s

• 3.5 Acs- Hwy corner at Angleton city limits. Near Northside schools. $3 per sqft.

• 5 Acs- Sweeny- Water well & trees. Unrestricted. $105K

• 5 Acs- Angleton- On corner near CR 30. Wooded. Just outside city limits. $150K

• 10 Acs- Danbury- CR 208. 1,000 ft frontage on Austin Bayou.

• 10 Acs- Sandy Point near 521. Great CR frontage. 2 tracts. Out of flood plain. $385K ea.

• 15 Acs- Airport Rd near 288B w/ commercial hwy entry. $30K per ac.

• 20-100 Acs- Danbury- Thousands of feet of CR frontage. Near fwy. Out of flood plain. $25K per ac.

• 78 Acs- Angleton- City water & sewer. Out of flood plain.

• 80+ Acs- Angleton- On 288 Fwy & 228B. Out of flood plain.

• 100 to 200 Acs- FM 521. 2,600 ft of hwy frontage. Massive oaks galore. 1 miles west of 288 Fwy.

• 100 Acs- FM 521. $17.5K per ac.

• 128.5 Acs- South of Angleton. CR 220 area. $8500 per ac.

• 140 Acs- 4,500 ft of private road. 4,500 ft of wooded Austin Bayou frontage & 1,000 ft frontage on CR 208. $12.5K per ac.

• 200 Acs- Between Alvin & Angleton. $5900 per ac.

• 200 Acs- Angleton- Cattle farm w/barn. $4950 per ac.

• 400 Acs- Cattle ranch near Angleton. $5300 per ac.

• 527 Acs- Reservoir & water rights. $4950 per ac.

Page 2 - Real Estate Professionals Open All The Right Doors - Vol. 33, No. 13 Homes•Farms Ranches•Commercial (979) 849-1234 1805 E. Mulberry Angleton, Texas 77515 7 Days 24 Hour Information ANGLETON 2/1 main home w/lg open plan. Enclosed grg w/utility rm. Attached 1/1 in-law qtrs w/entry to cov deck which leads to sep 1/1 guest qtrs. NO back neighbors! $229,900 ANGLETON 3/3.1/3 on 2 canalfront acs. Open plan w/frml DR, chef’s kit, media rm & ex-rm upstairs. Tons of stg. Attchd 1/1 in-law qtrs w/ kitch, DR, & utility. Cvrd patio. $950,000 JOYCE PELTIER 979-848-7563 DANBURY 3/2 in super location! Open plan w/ indoor utility. Kitchen w/granite & lg pantry. Crown molding & lots of extras! Split bdrms. Lg fenced backyard w/stg bldg. $335,000 Bob Peltier (979) 849-1238 Laura Crisp (979) 248-0137 Jennifer Hornback (979) 549-8051 Claudette Linville (979) 864-0925 Beau Peltier (979) 265-1234 Blake Peltier (979) 849-2900 Joyce Peltier (979) 848-7563 Sterling Pinson (979) 248-2222 LAKE JACKSON close to town. Better than new 4/3/3+ on 14 pecan and oak studded acres. 3,000 SF of potential living area. Features impressive wood floors, great hobby/office area, and spacious back porch with great view. Seller recently added an extra 1/2 acre to the front of property with a shed. Un restricted. Outstanding area. Easy access to 288 Fwy. County’s best buy! Reduced by $50,000! $649K
Easy to care for w/NO
throughout. Close to elementary. $179,900
w/spacious backyard in well established, tree shaded neighborhood.
DANBURY- 13.6 cleared acres for your dream home. Can be divided into 2 tracts of 6.8 acres each. No utilities on property. Seller to retain all gas and mineral rights. $340,000
4 ACRE RIVER PROPERTY! 10 mins to Lake Jackson. Ready to build on. Outstanding view of the river. Rock drive and extra clean grounds w/ tall oaks and pecans.
JOYCE PELTIER 979-848-7563 JOYCE PELTIER 979-848-7563 WHY PAY MORE? Angleton 3/2/2 brick w/approx 1,500 SF w/lg scrnd patio. Spacious, private backyard. Near all northside schools. Neighbor hood w/lots up to 90’ wide. $199,900 BACK ON THE MARKET! Beautiful .34 acre lot in Angleton with large oak trees. Ready for building your perfect dream home. No mobile homes.City water available. $45,000 JOYCE PELTIER 979-848-7563 JUSTLISTED REDUCED REDUCED
Please Say You Saw It In The Real Estate Book - Vol. 33, No. 13 - Page 3 (979) 233-SURF (7873) To request a FREE ebook, please email “All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitations, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preferences, limitation, or discrimination. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings adver tised are available on an equal opportunity basis.” Shawna Alston PUBLISHER / OWNER 832-221-1355 Brazoria/Matagorda County, TX Volume 33, Issue 13 For advertising information in The Real Estate Book, contact: & STAND OUT & GET RESULTS with Multimedia Marketing Packages for Real Estate Professionals • LOCAL PRINT • DIGITAL MAGAZINE • DIRECT MAIL Request FREE MAGAZINES online, call 800-841-3401 Volume 33, Issue 13 Brazoria / Matagorda County, Tx TO ADVERTISE, CONTACT: Shawna Alston Owner/Publisher 832-221-1355 See pages 3 & 19 for more details 979-233-SURF (7873) 979-313-9910 979-482-1006 HOME & LIFESTYLE GUIDE NEWLY REMODELED Bridge Harbor Canal Home Great location with Gulf of Mexico or bay fishing just minutes away. This open concept 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is a dream! The primary bedroom is upstairs with a covered deck with all the area views, updated bathroom, and walk-in closet. Additional updates include new flooring, countertops, paint throughout, tiled showers, new a/c units, roof, landscaping, and fence. The "hard part" has been done; this house is ready for your entertaining and enjoyment. Don't miss out on this one! FEATURED COVER HOME
Olympian Area Specialists Page 4 - Real Estate Professionals Open All The Right Doors - Vol. 33, No. 13 Stephen Williams Broker 713-550-0096 Sandy Cook 979-236-5213 Donna Cowart 979-292-6579 Carol Gerault 979-417-3521 Judy James 979-236-3640 Andrea Martin 979-388-5336 Jessica Morales 979-997-4015 Marilyn Shockley 979-482-0368 April Vera 979-482-7123 Megan Wall 979-824-1077 222 Parking Way Street Lake Jackson, TX 77566 979-297-7799 908 S. Brooks Brazoria, TX 77422 979-798-1188 BRAZORIA 3/2/2 on 3/4 of an acre w/ NO restrictions! Lg liv/din combo, indoor utility, & primary bedroom suite added on in 2007. Remodeled in 2017 w/recent ext paint. $169,900 OYSTER CREEK I’m a single wide, 2014 Fleetwood Eagle, 3/2 mobile home located on a dead end street. My kitchen’s been remodeled, & my dining room has built-ins for storage. $174,900 GLENWOOD BAYOU Updated 4/2/2 w/laminate & tile flooring throughout. 2 living areas; 1 has a brick FP & focal wall. Double back doors. Covered & screened-in patio. $199,250 FOR RENT Newly Remodeled 600 Sq Ft Office Space. Great Visible Location for a New Business. $600/mo. BRAZORIA San Bernard River S/D. Lg open plan 3/2. Appliances stay. Deck. 30x40’ metal bldg w/double carport. Scrnd-in hot tub. Fenced. Community boat ramp. NO flooding! $169,995 EMERALD FOREST 3/2/2 features new carpet, 2 living areas, open kitchen, sunroom, and lg bedrooms. Fenced backyard. Call Carol for more information. $245,900 BRAZORIA This property could be used for residential or commercial use. Features a 3/1 home w/a 1-car garage. Call Megan for more information. New price: $115,000 CHURCHILL San Bernard River lots currently being subdivided & cleared. 7 lots available; approx 1.8 acs ea. Owner willing to sell all or part of 26 acs. No mobile homes. $225,000 BRAZORIA San Bernard River 2 ac lot north of Churchill Bridge. 177’ frontage w/wood bulkhead. Lots of oaks & hardwoods. Power available at road. Build your dream home! $250,000 MARILYN SHOCKLEY 979-482-0368 MARILYN SHOCKLEY 979-482-0368 MEGAN WALL 979-824-1077 SANDY COOK 979-236-5213 CAROL GERAULT 979-417-3521 APRIL VERA 979-482-7123 MEGAN WALL 979-824-1077 JUDY JAMES 979-236-3640 JUDY JAMES 979-236-3640
Please Say You Saw It In The Real Estate Book - Vol. 33, No. 13 - Page 5 Turning houses into homes. 979-849-2222 Paula Mutina Broker/Owner 979-549-7505 Madison Mutina 979-864-5847 Lauryn Mutina 979-215-6771 Pamela Brooks 979-848-7021 BRIT BAILEY BOULEVARD! Enchanting 30 ac ranch in the heart of Brazoria County! 4/3 on +/-30 acs. Cstm pool w/hot tub, deck, +/- 2 ac pond, 8,000 SF riding arena, & barn. ORIGINAL OWNER selling their beautiful 3/1/1 on 3 lg Angleton lots. Updated kit/bath, all cstm cbntry, & org hrdwds under carpet. Lg workshop w/kitchenette, full bth, & A/C. FISH & FARM! 3/2 barndominium on 7.75 acs! 3220 SF steel bldg w/1570 SF liv space. 300 SF pole barn, lg fishing pond, lg cov patio, & 1680 SF bonus rm in grg w/bar & half bath. HOT LISTING IN HERITAGE COURT! 3/2/2 w/ frml din rm w/raised clings & bright windows. Kitchen w/brkfst bar. Lg liv rm w/crnr FP. Cstm fenced dog run. Fruit trees. WATERFRONT RETREAT! Bayou front 2/2/2 on over an acre. Totally remodeled liv area & cstm isl kitch. 660’ shop. Approx 334’ water frontage w/bulkhead & decks. On cul-de-sac. MAJESTIC OAK CORNER! Completely updated 3/2/2 w/all new windows, hot water heater, ga rage doors, A/C, roof, electrical, & all flrng. 2 living areas. Home has been lifted.
LOVELY 4/2/3 w/1793 SF. Open plan features living w/gaslog FP, lg isl kitch, & indoor utility. Security cameras in place, standby generator, & full home water filtration sys. HOME SWEET RIVER HOME! 2/2 on the San Bernard at rivers end. Private, lighted fishing dock & boat ramp less than a mile away. Fully furnished. Established Airbnb. LAKEFRONT 3/2/2 Meticulous Cornerstone home features split plan w/open concept liv/ kit/din area. Isl kitchen w/granite cntr tops & SS applncs. Gas, stone FP. Cvrd patio. THIS LOVELY 3/2.5/2 features split floor plan. Great family room w/lg windows & gas FP. Kitchen/brkfst area lead to scrnd patio over looking #3 fairway of recreational golf. Page 6 - Real Estate Professionals Open All The Right Doors - Vol. 33, No. 13 $295,000 $275,000 $290,000 $329,000 COLUMBIALAKES LOVINGLY UPDATED 4/2 w/org hrdwds throughout liv rm & bdrms. All new int/ext paint, lg bth & walk-in clst in primary bdrm, & kit applncs, cntrs, sink, & more! Roof in ‘22. $149,999 BRAZORIA Andrew Nelson RMLO # 536648 Ambassador of Client Happiness 979-245-LOAN (5626) Company NMLS # 947781 UPDATED 4/2.1/2A open plan w/hardwood flrs, gourmet kitchen w/brkfst bar/peninsula, & flex room. Lg den w/beamed, high clng & gas FP. Crnr lot w/circular drive. NO flooding! $449,900 IMMACULATELY KEPT 4/2/2 w/bright & open split plan. Kitch w/lg bar overlooking liv rm w/ FP. Primary bdrm w/soaker tub, walk-in show er, dbl vanities, & lg closet. Cov patio. $359,900 COLUMBIALAKES COUNTRY LIVING close to all the amenities of a small town. 3/1 on lg lot. Updated bathroom. Lg 3-car detached garage. Recently replaced water heater and electrical panel. $209,000 BRAZORIA GREAT STARTER HOME on large corner lot. Home features a split floor plan with 3 spa cious bedrooms and 2 full baths. Living with built in cabinets/shelves. Laundry/mud room. BEAUTIFUL MEDITERRANEAN 4/3/2 on 3 lush lots. Liv area w/gas FP & vaulted clngs. Open isl kitch. Game room/sunroom, office nook, & lots of stg. Back deck. Extra 2-car grg. $371,000 COLUMBIALAKES SPACIOUS 4/2.1/2 on 2 crnr lots in Columbia Lakes. Awesome view from the deck of #14 green of recreational golf course. Primary bdrm downstairs. 2 living areas; 1 upstairs. $289,900 COLUMBIALAKES $239,000 Specializing In: • Conventional • VA • 100% USDA • FHA Lainey Vickers 979-824-6427 laineyvickers@ Jennifer Mitschke 830-660-6405 jennsells979@ Sloan Zembko 979-248-0041 sazrealtor@ Karen DeLeon-Bailes Owner/Broker 979-215-5390 ANGLETON
PRIME WATERFRONT Approx 800’ fronts “Old Brazos River” with access to Port Freeport and the Gulf of Mexico. This 3.53 acre property has the protection of the guillotine. AUDUBON WOOD S/D- REDUCED! Nice & clean 3BR, 2BA, 2-car grg home. Updated w/ new carpet & quartz kitchen cntrs & island. Granite in BA's. Primary BA w/dbl sinks. COMMERCIAL 3,366 SF building with 5 units. Well maintained. Call for more information on this property. Near SH 288 in Freeport. $400’s PACKAGE DEAL! 3 properties for one. 1st home: 2BR, possible 3BR,1BA renovated like new. 2nd is 2BR,1BA (648SF), & 3rd is 1BR/1BA garage apt (480SF). Both occupied w/tenants. Residential V Commercial V Sales & Leasing V Property Management 1101 N. Brazosport Blvd., Freeport, Texas 77541 Phone (979) 233-7828 Fax (979) 239-1816 Greg Flaniken & Associates Serving Brazoria County’s Real Estate Needs Since 1975 Please Say You Saw It In The Real Estate Book - Vol. 33, No. 13 - Page 7 OLD BRAZOS RIVER 3BR, 4BA home. Perfect area for water activities and entertaining. Indoor/outdoor kitchens and FP. Extra parking. Cargo lift. Fishing pier and boat slip. WHAT A DEAL! Two separate 1BR, 1BA homes sold for the price of one. On a corner lot. Each on separate utility meters. New roof and siding on both. $100’s
Page 8 - Real Estate Professionals Open All The Right Doors - Vol. 33, No. 13 $515,000 DANBURY 3/2.1 2262 SF Frml DR. Lg isl kitch. Porte-cochere. 2.2 Acs. CALL SOMMER KELLEY 409-996-4408 $699,900 ROSHARON 4/3.1/5 2933 SF Gated entry. 2 FP’s. Saltwater pool. 2 Acs. CALL NOEME ARCENEAUX 979-709-2447 $429,000 ANGLETON 3/2.1/2 1749 SF Washer, dryer & fridge stay. Cov patio. 2 acs. CALL JENNIFER ATKINS 979-549-609 $287,400 WEST COLUMBIA 3/2/2 1463 SF New construction. High clngs. Lg cov patio. CALL NICOLE STERLING 832-330-5802 For All Your Real Estate Needs 207B That Way Lake Jackson, TX 77566 979-297-6000 Tomorrow Murchison (979) 665-2266 Meaghan Arceneaux (979) 709-3761 Taylor Hoff (979) 709-1500 $480,000 SARGENT 5/2 2280 SF New roof. Stocked pond. 19+ unrestricted acs. CALL MEAGHAN ARCENEAUX 979-709-3761 $575,000 ANGLETON 5/3.1/3 3028 SF Marble flrs. Outdoor kitch. No back neighbors! CALL MEAGHAN ARCENEAUX 979-709-3761 $365,000 JONES CREEK 3/1.1/2 2171 SF Sun rm. Lg shop w/A/C. No flooding! 2.84 Acs. CALL MEAGHAN ARCENEAUX 979-709-3761 $279,600 WEST COLUMBIA 4/2.1/2 1796 SF Lovely kitch. Lg cvrd patio. Above grnd pool. CALL NICOLE STERLING 832-330-5802 $469,000 PALACIOS 4/3/2 2695 SF Frml dining rm. Sun rm. Crnr lot. Bay frontage. CALL SARA KELLY 361-894-3252 $550,000 BRAZORIA 5/3/2 3604 SF Completely remodeled. 2 liv areas. Bonus rm. CALL SARA KELLY 361-894-3252 $289,999 DANBURY 4/2/2 1866 SF All wood-grain tile flrs. Cstm cbnts. New deck. CALL KAYSEA WEST 979-248-4112 $275,000 WEST COLUMBIA 3/2/2 2809 SF Sunken LR. Frml DR. Atrium. Ex lot available. CALL MEAGHAN ARCENEAUX 979-709-3761
Please Say You Saw It In The Real Estate Book - Vol. 33, No. 13 - Page 9 $269,900 BRAZORIA 4/2/2 2378 SF Org owner. Bonus rm. Frml DR. Lg corner lot. CALL TANYA CORTEZ 979-709-4167 $246,480 JONES CREEK 3/1/1 1896 SF Remodeled. Concrete pad. Private 1.14 acs. CALL ANDREW HARWELL 979-529-6063 $264,900 BRAZORIA 3/3 1680 SF Lg fenced & cvrd patio. Metal shop. 1.78 acs. CALL MEAGHAN ARCENEAUX 979-709-3761 205,000 ANGLETON 3/2/2 1281 SF Fresh paint throughout. Lg backyard. CALL TUDY CRADDOCK 832-633-4016 $199,990 BAY CITY 3/2/1 1282 SF New construction. Open plan. Lg pantry. CALL MEAGHAN ARCENEAUX 979-709-3761 $169,000 FREEPORT 3/1/2 & 2/1 1896 SF Investment opportunity! Duplex. Sold “as is”. CALL MEAGHAN ARCENEAUX 979-709-3761 $169,000 LAKE JACKSON 3/1/1 995 SF Full of updates! Lg deck. Lg lot. No flooding! CALL MEAGHAN ARCENEAUX 979-709-3761 $168,000 ANGLETON 3/2 1216 SF Stg shed. Private, unrestricted 1/2 ac. CALL CHRISTOPHER KING 979-417-6287 $145,000 WEST COLUMBIA 2/1/1 919 SF Complete remodel. New A/C in ‘20. Fenced. CALL BETH CRUTCHER 281-467-1831 $285,000 JONES CREEK 3/3/3 1650 SF Cstm buffet. Solar panels. 2 grg’s. Crnr lot. CALL KRISTA HUGHES 979-739-4229 Traci Surgener is a local real estate agent here in Brazoria County as well as the other surrounding counties. Traci enjoys assisting clients in all their real estate transactions but specializes in the buying and selling process of ranch properties. In her down time, she enjoys spending time with her family and tending to their cattle and cattle farms. She also has over 10 years in veterinary medicine and brings her unique experience when searching for the perfect ranch/ranchette or hobby farm. When buying or selling real estate, give Traci a call today at 281-755-5215. $268,900 DANBURY 3/2/2 1692 SF New construction. Lg open plan. High clngs. CALL MEAGHAN ARCENEAUX 979-709-3761 $250,000 WEST COLUMBIA 4/3/2 2641 SF 2 liv rms. Din rm. Great kitch. Almost 1 ac. CALL BETH CRUTCHER 281-467-1831 $239,000 ANGLETON 3/2/2 1570 SF Remodeled. Enclsd patio. Shed. New A/C. CALL JENNIFER ATKINS 979-549-6097 $179,000 FREEPORT 3/2 1064 SF Complete remodel! All laminate flrs. Stg bldg. CALL NOEME ARCENEAUX 979-709-2447


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Please Say You Saw It In The Real Estate Book - Vol. 33, No. 13 - Page 11 16242 S. Hwy. 288-B, Angleton, Texas Your Total Foundation Contractor D-SQUARE FOUNDATION REPAIR David R. David, Owner Lifetime Residents of Brazoria County • Registered Professional Engineers Available • Original Perma Pile System • Slab Repair • Licensed & Insured for Your Protection MEMBER Greater Houston 979-848-2810 Owner/Broker 979-292-9750 Belinda Gaines REALTY 979.292.9750 BRAZORIA Beautiful 3/2/2 on 20 fully fenced acs. Liv rm w/FP & lg din rm. New fencing, lg cvrd porch, deck, pond, 1500 SF barn, & more amenities. $640,000 Call Belinda. RECENTLY RENOVATED 3/2 in the heart of Angleton. Fresh paint, new flrng, & new roof in ‘17. New kitchen cbnts & island w/new applncs. Extra parking. $169,900 Call Tracy. ANGLETON 1.22 acre lot located on a ski lake w/additional pond. Perfect for building that recreational dream home! Cleared. Restricted. Listed at $60,000. Call Belinda. ANGLETON COMMERCIAL Newly updated bldg
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the home three years before, and Dr. Larsen and his wife trusted me. Little did they know, I had no clue how to build the three simple walls needed for the small new bathroom.


It's vital spaced so your center of a minimize the of drywall off so you can Sixteen inches standard for

’ve seen standardized home checklists over the years, and I sort of chuckle at many of them. I realize the authors have good intentions, but I often wonder if they’ve ever done any hands-on repair work for paying customers. If they had, then they’d probably add a few other items to their lists.

DIo you want to build a new wall inside your home? Perhaps you're trying to create a new small space for a home office or hobby room, or maybe you have a bigger appetite and are transforming a dank basement into a finished living space. But you have no idea where to start. I've been there. I've experienced your anxiety.

Here’s the normal things I see listed: Check the roof for shingle damage. Caulk cracks around windows and doors. Repair chipped paint. Check windows and doors. Check chimneys

I survived with the help of a few phone calls to my boss. It was a humbling experience as I discovered you don't know what

You can't always do this in an existing home, especially if the ceilings in the room are finished with drywall or plaster. As you tilt the wall up, it binds against the ceiling. If you're challenged by a finished ceiling, you'll most likely have to install your top and bottom plates, making sure the plates are

Don't fret opening for you just need My recommendation your new pre-hung it at your rough opening measurements

pipes. The black rubber boot tends to crack over time where it touches the vent pipe, allowing water to leak into your home. The best plumbing vent flashings I’ve seen are the ones

Often the lists lack detail as to what to really look for. For that reason, I feel they are of not much value.

Water and ultraviolet (UV) light are the two big things that cause problems to homes, so I suggest we focus on these. I suggest we start at the top and work our way to the bottom.

Every now and then it's interesting to go back in time. I clearly remember having to build my first partition wall inside a house. I was a soaking wet-behind-theears carpenter working for a small remodeling company. One of my college professors, Dr. Larsen, had asked me to install a half bathroom in his home. I had no idea what to do, so I told him that my boss could do the job.

Once the simple plans were drawn and the contract signed, I was sent to my professor's house to start the job. I had painted the outside of

Chimneys are very important. If you can’t safely get on your roof to inspect it, hire a pro. The most important thing to look at is the chimney crown or cap. It’s the roof of your chimney. Most of the ones I’ve seen have been installed incorrectly and they crack. You don’t want water getting into a crack in the crown. There are special mastics that can coat the crown, and they perform quite well. Check for missing mortar and replace as necessary using hydrated lime and volcanic ash with sand for the strongest and longestlasting mortar.

Look at your roofing materials and pay close attention to the flashings. Look for excessive shingle granule loss in small patches, cracks in shingles and any slight curling at the shingle tips. Replace these damaged shingles as necessary.

Some common trouble spots are the cheap aluminum and rubber flashings around plumbing vent

Look at your roofing materials and pay close attention to the flashings. Look for excessive shingle granule loss in small patches, cracks in shingles and any slight curling at the shingle tips.

you don't know. Keep in mind this was decades before the Internet and YouTube. You have no idea what an advantage you now have when you have to educate yourself about how to repair and build things around your home. Count your blessings!

around windows and doors willy-nilly. Your home may have vinyl siding and the j-channel around doors and windows shouldn’t be caulked. It needs to expand and contract.

plumb in the same plane. You'll then cut each wall stud to fit snugly between the plates and toenail them in place. Drill angled pilot holes in the ends of the wall studs for the nails. Use no less than 3-inch-long 16d sinker nails to connect the wall studs to the plates.

that have a special siliconized-rubber compound that stands up against the harsh UV light from the sun.

Building a new interior wall in an existing house can be much different from doing it on a new home job site. When we carpenters build a wall for a new home, we typically build it flat on the floor. Once all the studs are nailed to the bottom and top plates, we tilt the wall up and secure it so it doesn't fall over.

If your home has gutters and downspouts, be sure they’re clean. Spring is the worst time of year for gutters, as the flowers from deciduous trees and the winter buildup of bark, twigs and other debris can choke gutters with an organic smorgasbord. After the gutters are clean, do a water test with a garden hose. Test to see if there are any leaks in the system. There are special caulks meant to seal the seams in aluminum gutters; they’re available online.

Be sure the water from downspouts is piped to the lowest part of your yard or, in urban areas, connected to approved storm drains. Water dumping out on the ground next to your foundation on splash blocks is a very bad thing, as the water simply enters the soil next to your home. If you have a basement or crawlspace, this water will almost always cause nightmares.

Don’t just go around caulking cracks

Decks are big problem spots. Many people ignore their decks. You need to inspect the railings closely to ensure they’re sturdy and will not fail if lots of outward pressure is applied. Get under the deck and look at all the galvanized metal connectors. Look for corrosion. If the corrosion is severe with lots of rust, you may have to replace a connector.

If there is no ceiling, you can tilt the wall up so long as you orient the wall in the same direction as the floor joists above. You simply make sure the top of the wall rises up in between two parallel floor joists. Once the wall is vertical, you can then slide it into position under

Look at the fasteners used to install the metal connectors. Are they corroded, or have they pulled out? Each time water enters a crack in treated wood, it has the tendency to make the crack bigger because the water gets deeper into the wood, causing it to swell. Important structural nails can pull out. Consider replacing all nails with special exterior screws meant for the newer treated lumber that contain lots of copper.

I’d also take a good look at the soil around your home. Be sure you have excellent, positive drainage. You want the soil to slope away from your foundation. It’s best to have at least 6 inches of foundation exposed above the soil line. Don’t add mulch to garden beds, which creates a moat around your foundation. Don’t allow water to be trapped between the foundation and the mulch.

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After the Halloween decorations have come down, but before the Christmas ones are up, think about dressing up your home for Thanksgiving. Although it’s a “tweener” holiday, there’s no reason it can’t create a warm, inviting mood that puts guests at ease before Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve roll around. Better still, it shows your guests how grateful you are to have them at your house this Thanksgiving.


By getting the whole family into Thanksgiving decorating, you’ll get everyone into the mood of the holiday before the turkey hits the table. Pull kids into the mix by having them craft some pinecone turkeys. Gather or purchase pinecones and pick out your favorite turkey pattern online for kids to create as place card holders for the table. Have guests go outside to gather branches to place in a vase, then hang simple leaves from the branches with their messages of gratitude. It gets everyone into the thankful spirit – and out of the kitchen while you’re busy.


Although guests may tend to hover in the kitchen while you’re the busiest, set up a wine bar in the dining or living room to draw guests out into the rest of the house. Set out a punch bowl for the younger crowd or create a mix-your- owndrink bar with a few select recipes for your guests to make and enjoy themselves. Be sure to add festive touches such as acorns or a small bundle of wheat on the bar. In the living room, set out pumpkins by the hearth as a reminder of the pie you’ll be serving later.

To get everyone in the mood for the dinner ahead, place a chalkboard with a description of the meal on the kitchen counter or in the entryway foyer. If you don’t have a chalkboard, try a simple framed mirror with a stand. Write in the names of all your dishes in erasable marker to make show guests the delights they’ll be enjoying. In the guest bathroom, add some paper guest towels so guests don’t have to re-use a damp towel. Be sure, too, to add a candle with a spicy scent such as cinnamon to create a cozy atmosphere and manage all the heavy use of the bathroom.


Because the meal takes center stage, play it up by creating a beautiful table setting. Simple gathered bunches of shrubs, natural grasses, sticks and twigs when combined together can transform a plain table to one symbolizing nature’s abundance. If you have a magnolia tree, tuck leaves under plates and write in a gold marker to create simple, yet elegant place cards or messages of thanks.

Don’t forget the front door. This is the first place your guests see when they come for dinner, so pop in an urn of colorful moms and maybe a pumpkin or two to greet guests.

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Fall Home Considerations


While the spring is the standard time to clean and declutter your home, fall is also a great opportunity to examine areas you may have overlooked, refresh any spaces that feel dull, and consider safety measures.

GET SOFTER LIGHTS. Shorter days and colder weather mean we’ll be spending a lot more time indoors. Switch to light bulbs that have softer light that is easier on the eyes. Poor quality or bright light can cause unneeded eye strain. Use this time to make the switch to LED bulbs if you haven’t already they last longer and are cheaper than ever.

REFRESH. Give rooms a facelift by switching out the old carpeting or area rugs. Opt for a hypoallergenic option to help you enjoy the comfort of the carpet, while not worrying about its allergens, microbes and odors. Give your bedroom linens a refresh as well, by making the switch to warmer flannel sheets and blankets that will keep you warm and cozy in the night.

SAFETY FIRST. October is Fire Prevention Month, and it is the perfect time to take stock of your home’s fire safety by testing alarms to ensure that the devices and batteries are functioning properly. Replace any alarms that are outdated and install new alarms in your home. One should be located on every level and in every bedroom of the home. Fire deaths are often caused by dead or missing batteries or no alarms at all – so keep your family safe. And if you don’t have any, it is now the time to install carbon monoxide detectors as well. Speaking of cozy – keep that way during the long, cold months ahead with a basket in the living room and den filled with comfy throws and blankets. You’ll want to reach for one on those colder nights when all you want to do is curl up with a book or a movie.


It's never convenient to have your water heater stop working, but it is even worse during the winter. To ensure your water heater is fit to last the entire season, here are some tips for routine maintenance that you can perform.

As you cover these points, you can also conduct a mini assessment of your water heater's health to identify any warning signs or potential hazards that may need to be corrected before the temperature drops.


Most water heaters are built to last over a decade, but as they age, they require more care and attention. Even just a few minutes of annual maintenance can prevent unnecessary malfunctions and disruptive breakdowns. The first thing you should do prior to winter is check the water pressure valve; it's located on the side of your water heater, and it stops the temperature from rising to dangerous levels.

If too much pressure builds up, though, your water heater tank could actually explode. To release pressure and ensure yours is in tip-top shape, place a bucket beneath your water heater's discharge pipe and lift the pressure-release valve. Water should discharge at this point. If it doesn't, the valve needs to be replaced.


One of the most common water heater repair jobs is a tank cleaning. This removes built-up residue, dirt and sediment that accumulates throughout the year. Experts recommend annual flushes, which can be done at an affordable cost. Having a technician conduct the cleaning can also ensure your heater is functioning properly as they'll also do a professional inspection. If they notice any other problems, they can inform you about the risk and offer potential solutions. You can add these repairs to the current job or schedule them for later at your convenience.


Your water heater should be capped at 120 degrees Fahrenheit, so as to prevent scalding and burns. If your heater doesn't have a built-in temperature gauge, you can use a standard cooking thermometer to test the water temperature. If any of the hot water coming from your faucets surpasses 120 degrees, there is a higher risk of mechanical failure, sediment build-up and burn injuries to you and your family.

If you find that your temperature gauge is set properly, but your water is too hot or too cold, contact a professional right away to identify the cause of the problem. Your tank may need flushed or there could be a mechanical issue that needs addressed.


If your water heater is a decade old or even older, it might not be properly insulated. Newer models come insulated to prevent heat loss and maintain system stability. However, older models will require a fiberglass jacket. Make sure that you consult your owner's manual prior to installing any insulation; you should also avoid any type of contact with the furnace's flue. If you aren't sure how to safety insulate your furnace and its pipes, this job can easily be done in a few hours by a licensed plumber.

No one wants to deal with cold water in the middle of winter. To ensure that your home's water stays nice and warm all season long, check your water heater and do some basic maintenance. If you're unsure about something or you notice a problem, have a professional come take a look at it. The sooner you catch potential problems, the easier they will be to take care of!

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2020. All rights reserved. Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, Colo. You can find her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.



Giving your home a new coat of paint can make it look refreshed and renewed, but the problem is never deciding to paint, it’s usually around trying to decide which colors to go with. Following a few guidelines will help you select an exterior paint color that looks terrific for your home.


When selecting colors, it’s always best to try to find colors that will work well with your home using the home as your guide. Starting points will include colors that are already in the house, such as from the brick or stone if you have any on your house, or from the roof. A home’s roof color, especially if it’s a composite type roof, it will have a variety of colors that make it read like one solid color, such as taupe, but you may be able to draw off of the variations in the roofing to help you define your color palette.


Yet another option for selecting colors is to choose based on the style of home. There are certain color standards for various styles of homes, such as a Colonial or Craftsman. Victorian and modern homes also have their own color styles, so looking online at homes that are similar to your home’s style is a helpful way for choosing a paint palette.

You may also want to select your house color using regional influences. If your home is located near the shore or the coast, colors that reflect a seaside feel will look

appropriate. A house in the desert Southwest will always look better with a color palette that looks right for the region versus the palette for a house on Cape Cod. Most paint manufacturers have paint color palettes that can be used by region or by style of home that help with your color selection.


Start your color search by determining your main house color, which is called the field color. If you want your home to draw you in, or if you feel the house sits too close to the street, try a field color that is darker so that the house recedes. If the house feels too far away or it’s surrounded by trees, a lighter shade will help brighten it up and keeping it from fading into the background.

By the same token, small houses will look smaller with dark colors and will seem larger and have more presence with a lighter shade.

A large home can handle dark colors more easily than a small one. Once the field color is chosen, then the trim and accent colors come next.


Before making your color selections, be sure to check color palettes from your local paint dealer. They often have a variety of options, and some have smartphone apps that will let you see how your house would look with various colors.

If you can’t leave your home, check your local store’s website for paint samples and supplies. Places such as Lowe’s and Home Depot even have painting tutorial videos for novice painters.

Once you’ve done all the research and narrowed down your choices, it’s still a good idea to order those samples and paint a small section of your home first to ensure that the colors are exactly right before making the investment in paint.

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As more and more baby boomers retire, many of them flock south for winters. Often called snowbirds, they like flying to a sunny, warm climate where they won’t need to shovel the snow off the sidewalk or face a car battery than won’t crank. However, before taking off for your winter destination, ensuring your home is properly winterized will make sure your return in the spring doesn’t bring any unpleasant surprises.


The most important thing to do before packing your sunhat and swimsuit is to ensure your home is safe and that all the doors and windows are locked. You may also want to inform neighbors that you will be gone, leave a set of keys with a trusted friend or relative in case there are problems that arise, and periodically check on your home.

If you live in a suburb or have a homeowner’s association, letting someone know your home will be vacant will keep them from sending in the fire department to check on your safety. It’s also a good idea to place timers on lamps at various locations so it looks like someone is still home. For extra peace of mind, put valuables into a safe deposit box and install a video system that helps you keep an eye on your house using your smartphone.


After that, protecting your home from the cold is paramount. The concern is always around pipes that can freeze or break and do thousands in damage. Turning water off at the main line or at your utility box is a good way to ensure that pipes don’t have water running. Once the water has been shut off, turn on all the water faucets both indoors and out to drain all the water remaining in the lines. Don’t overlook the washing machine. Turn the faucet off and be sure to drain any residual water in the washer’s water lines.


Indoors, set your thermostat to a temperature that will prevent the house from freezing so that your belongings don’t get too cold or damp. It’s also a good idea to unplug the hot water heater or to turn the gas off. If you have time, drain the water from your water heater. Be sure to call a plumber if any of these tasks are unclear or you are unsure about how to turn the water off or to cut the electric or gas off to your water heater.

Go through the house and unplug your appliances so they won’t be damaged if there is a power outage, storm or power surge while you are way.

Be sure to clean out your pantry of any packaged items and clear out the refrigerator. Clean the refrigerator thoroughly and prop the door open so it doesn’t develop mold while you’re away. Check and seal all the flues and openings, like the dryer vent, attic vents and the fireplace. Look for any holes in the roof or siding to prevent rodents from taking up residence while you’re away. With all this behind you, you’ll come home refreshed and ready to enjoy your spring and summer in your home that’s in the same shape you left it.

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Finally, if you have some concerns about the seller not vacating the property before the closing, or that the seller might keep a set of keys, you’ll want to check everything carefully at the property before the closing.

We hope your closing goes well!

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