Asia Condominium – Brickell Key Miami

September 15th, 2014

Asia Condominium - Brickell Key MiamiAsia Condominium – Brickell Key Miami

900 Brickell Key Blvd, Miami, Florida 33131

Asia Condominium - Brickell Key MiamiLive luxuriously on a spectacular and convenient home in Brickell Key. Located in the heart of Miami, Brickell Key is highlighted with the scenic views and relaxing walking path. The community is an ideal location for the luxurious Asia Condominium offering the best of architectural design and lifestyle.

Built in 2008 by Swire Properties with the architectural design of J.Scott Architecture, the Asia Condominium possesses an iconic design with the green glass facade accentuated by patina copper detailing at the cornice lines. The residential infrastructure stands with 36 floors accommodating 123 upscale units and complete building amenities. Asia Condominium is a boutique building featuring a striking lobby with grand terrace overlooking the water, private elevators, touch screen lifestyle management technology, multiple pools, private fitness center with state of the art machines, private storage rooms, tennis court plus valet and concierge services. Residential units come with one to three bedroom layout with utmost security features, accessed by high speed elevators and overlooking the downtown Miami skyline. It is also equipped with the modern features such as Sub-zero refrigerators, Meile cook top and ovens with Franke double sink, built-in espresso maker and wine cooler. Italian designer cabinets with the choice of sycamore or Wenge finishes are underlit and topped with your choice of granite from emerald pearl, kashmir white or imperial black.

Asia Condominium Building Amenities:

Lobby with grand terrace overlooking the water

Private elevators

Multiple pools

Private fitness center

Tennis court

Asia Condominium - Brickell Key Miami

Asia Condominium Residences Features:

Twelve (12) foot ceiling heights

Private storage for each residence

Chef Friendly kitchens

A/C and water heater inside unit

Two (2) parking spaces

Portable touch screen console in each unit

Biometric security

Luxury and comfort are offered by the Asia Condominium for the most exceptional you. Grab the chance to own one of their units and live the life you deserve. You may check on their website for more information or check out their available units now.

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Ocean Force Adventures Boat Tour – Miami

September 12th, 2014

Ocean Force Adventures Boat Tour – Miami Ocean Force Adventures Boat Tour – Miami

 

Plan your weekend ahead because there are just so many sights to enjoy in Miami. It is a great time to explore the wonders of Miami with the Ocean Force Adventures Boat Tour. This is a perfect adventure ride for anyone who wanted a less crowded tour of the city in a one of a kind boat trip. Want a unique thrill this weekend? Try the Ocean Force Adventures Boat Tour.

Take advantage of the beautiful waters of South Florida to explore the sights in Miami. The Ocean Force Adventures Boat Tour accommodates six passengers on a boat ride to the waters of Biscayne Bay in the high performance Zodiac RIB. This is a personalized experience and adventurous sight seeing within more than 40 miles of Biscayne Bay’s sights and unique location for two hours. This a personalized tour with only six passengers for a more personalized tour. You don’t have to deal with a crowded tour. An intelligent and accommodating tour guide, USCG licensed captains, will enthrall you with fun history and culture of Miami that goes beyond entertaining and informative. You may choose among the three adventures to enjoy. The Biscayne Bay Adventure Sightseeing Tour will take you to the celebrity mansions, Star Island, Fisher Island, Port Miami, the historic Miami River, downtown Miami, Key Biscayne, Stiltsville and encounter wild dolphin. The Eco Tour and Snorkeling at Boca Chita Key explores the paradise which is stunningly remote and is an uninhabited island in Biscayne National Park. You may also get the chance to swim or snorkel in the clear waters and have a picnic or simply relax on the white sand beaches. You may take the customized Private Sightseeing Tours for six passengers visiting more than 40-miles of Biscayne Bay or they will customize a special tour based on your interest includes historic Miami River, Biscayne National Park, Miami Mansion tour, Movie locations or the more natural areas of Biscayne Bay to discover marine life.

Ocean Force Adventures Boat Tour – Miami

Tour rates:

Biscayne Bay Adventure Sightseeing Tour – $150 per person

Eco Tour and Snorkeling at Boca Chita Key – $750 for up to 6 people

Private Sightseeing Tours – $749 for up to 5 people or $799 for a group of 6

Ocean Force Adventures Boat Tour – Miami

Get yourself out this weekend on a fun adventure on the water with Ocean Force Adventures Boat Tour. This will be a thrilling ride for a unique weekend experience. Advanced reservation is required. For more information, you may visit their website or contact (305) 372-3388.

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Checklist for HVAC Maintenance

September 11th, 2014

Checklist for HVAC Maintenance

By: Douglas Trattner

 

Here’s an easy, doable preventative maintenance plan to keep your HVAC in top shape.


Checklist for HVAC MaintenanceIt’s a good idea to hire a HVAC company to inspect and do maintenance on your system every fall and spring. They’ll do things like inspect and clean the wiring and mechanisms of the unit, which is bit more challenging for the average homeowner.

But you can prolong the life and increase the efficiency of your system if you follow this simple maintenance plan:

Some things you should do immediately; other tasks only need to be done seasonally or once a year. Here are the steps to a healthy HVAC system:


Buy a better filter if you haven’t already. The new high-efficiency pleated filters have an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to grab the tiniest particles — even those that carry bacteria.


Replace the filter at least every 90 days. But check it monthly. If it looks dark and clogged, go ahead and change it. If you have pets, you’ll probably need to change every month.

Checklist for HVAC Maintenance

Check to make sure there’s at least two feet of clearance around outdoor air conditioning units and heat pumps.

Weekly during spring, summer, and fall remove debris such as leaves, pollen, and twigs from top and sides of outdoor air-conditioning units and heat pumps. Don’t allow the lawn mower to discharge grass clippings onto the unit.

Monthly, inspect insulation on refrigerant lines leading into house. Replace if missing or damaged.

Annually, ensure that outdoor air-conditioning units and heat pumps are on firm and level ground or pads.


Annually, pour a cup of bleach mixed with water down the air-conditioner condensate drain to prevent buildup of mold and algae, which can cause a clog.

In summer, shut off the water supply to the furnace humidifier. In fall (or when you anticipate turning on the heat), replace the humidifier wick filter, set the humidistat to between 35% and 40% relative humidity, and turn on the water supply.


Annually, replace the battery in your home’s carbon monoxide detector.

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Video Games Day – Miami

September 10th, 2014

Video Games Day – Miami Video Games Day – Miami

Miami Children’s Museum

Saturday, September 13, 2014

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Video Games Day – Miami The kids deserve a treat after a tough week in school, don’t they? The Miami Children’s Museum is loaded with activity this weekend for the kids to surely enjoy. This virtual generation, gaming only involves in Ipads and other gadgets, but this weekend, gaming will be different for your kids. Take your kids out for a fun Video Games Day at Miami Children’s Museum from 11AM-6PM. This is a great venue for a unique, fun activity for the kids’ interaction. They will be taking video game to a whole new level.

Video Games Day – Miami Video games do only exist in the virtual world but not this time. Watch it come to life as kids will have the chance to interact with other children and play a unique version of virtual fun. An exciting weekend is up for your kids to enjoy and with lots of surprises at the Miami Children’s Museum in celebration of the National Video Games Day. See your favorite video games and characters come to life. Get the chance to play their very own version of the popular game, Angry birds, make a Minecraft character, find your way through the Pacman maze and lots of exciting activities to be enjoyed. Admission is only $18 and only $14 for Florida residents.

The Miami Children’s Museum will start the Video Games Day at 11:00 AM and up to 6:00 PM this Saturday, September 13, 2014 for a whole day thrill for your kids. Spread the word so your kids’ friends can come along and enjoy this great event on weekend. Don’t just let your kids stay home and sit whole day with their ipads. Let them enjoy the fun outside the virtual world. For more information, visit The Miami Children’s Museum website or contact them at 305-373-5437 .

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Tips to Make Your Roof Last as Long as Possible

September 9th, 2014

Tips to Make Your Roof Last as Long as Possible

By: Jeanne Huber


Whether your roof is brand-new or years old, here’s what you need to do to keep it in the best possible shape for the longest possible time.


A new roof is an expensive proposition — $18,800 on average for composition shingles, according to
Remodeling magazine’s Cost Vs. Value Report, and as much as $36,000 for high-end materials. Once you’ve made that kind of investment, you’ll want to protect it.

And even if your roof is years old, maintaining it in good shape will prolong its life and keep you from having to replace it prematurely. Here’s what you need to do to get the most from your roof.

Tips to Make Your Roof Last as Long as Possible


Clean the Gutters

Ruined paint on siding and a wet basement are typical problems caused by clogged gutters, but it might surprise you to learn that the overflow can also go upward. When leaves pile too deeply in gutters, water can wick into roof sheathing and rot it, or even rot roof rafters. 

Fixing that kind of damage could run into the thousands of dollars, but you can avoid it by cleaning your gutters each fall and spring. Do it yourself in a few hours if you’re comfortable working on a ladder, or hire a pro for $50-$250, depending on house size.

Remove Leaves

If you have a simple peaked roof surrounded by low landscaping, your roof probably stays clear of leaves on its own. But if the roof is more complicated or if towering trees are nearby, piles of leaves probably collect in roof valleys or near chimneys. If you don’t remove them, they will trap moisture and gradually decompose, allowing moisture to accumulate in your roof — or worse, create fertile ground for weeds to grow.

If you have a low-slope roof and a one-story house, you may be able to pull the leaves down with a soft car-washing brush on a telescoping pole. Or you can use a specialty tool like a roof leaf rake, which costs about $20. A leaf blower gets the job done too, especially on dry leaves, but you or a pro needs to go up on the roof to use it.

If leaves are too wet or too deep, you might need to wash them off with a garden hose. Don’t use a pressure washer, which can force water up under the shingles.

Get Rid of Moss

In much of the country, composition roofs often become covered with black algae. Although unsightly, this filmy growth doesn’t hurt the roof. A little chlorine bleach or detergent mixed with water will kill it, but it’s safer for both you and the roof to just leave it alone.


If you live in the Northwest, you’re likely to find moss growing on your roof, particularly on wood or composition shingles. Moss, which looks more three-dimensional than algae, needs to go because it traps water. If you tackle it early enough, you can just sweep it off.


If there’s a lot of buildup, you may need to kill the moss first. The Washington Toxics Coalition recommends using products based on potassium salts of fatty acids rather than more toxic formulas with zinc sulfate. Even so, apply the soap only where moss is growing, and try to keep the wash water from getting into storm drains.


Once the roof is clean and free of moss, consider investing in zinc strips to keep it from coming back. For about $300, a roofer will install strips near the top of the roof. When it rains, the runoff from the strips inhibits the growth of moss. It’s effective and more environmentally friendly than treating the entire roof with pesticide, as long as you don’t live near a stream or a lake where the runoff can harm aquatic life.


Trim Overhanging Branches

A little prevention in the form of tree-trimming goes a long way toward keeping leaves and moss off your roof and keeping your roof damage-free. Abrasion from limbs and leaves that touch your roof can eventually damage shingles, especially in high winds.

Overhanging branches also give squirrels and other rodents access to your roof. They can gnaw on your roof and siding. Branches need to be 10 feet away from your roof to keep these pests at bay. If that’s not possible, wrap the tree trunk with a sheet-metal bank to prevent them from climbing the tree.


Trimming branches that hang over the roof is a job for a pro, though, or you might cause more damage than you prevent.


Prevent Ice Dams

If you’re plagued by ice buildup on the roof, removing some or all of the snow between storms might forestall leaks into your house. Don’t try to pry off ice that’s already formed, since that could damage the roof. Use a roof rake to dislodge snow within three or four feet of the gutters. Get a telescoping pole and work from the ground, if possible. If you must be on a ladder, work at an angle so the falling snow doesn’t push you over. 


Inadequate insulation and air leaks into your attic greatly increase the risk of ice dams, so once the storms pass, address those problems, too.


Look and Listen

After every big wind or hail storm, or if you’ve heard scurrying on the roof at night, give your roof a quick check to make sure everything’s still intact.

Look for:

Curling, loose, or missing shingles

Damaged flashing around vents, chimneys, skylights, and other openings

If anything seems amiss, ask a roofer to inspect ASAP. Most problems are fairly easy to fix, but if you put them off and water gets in, the damage and costs escalate.

TIP: You don’t have to climb a ladder to inspect your roof. You can use binoculars.

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Cynergi Condominium – Miami

September 8th, 2014

Cynergi Condominium -  Miami Cynergi Condominium – Miami

2700 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL

Cynergi Condominium -  Miami Midtown Miami, an ideal place for business, arts, tourism and active lifestyle. These have lead to the rise of many condominiums as home for people with a fast paced lifestyle and wanting their homes close to convenience as possible. Cynergi Condominium is offering a luxurious, comfortable and stylish space for the people on the go as designed by the renowned Architect Kobi Karp and built in 2007.

Cynergi Condominium is a modern and functional condominium located in Midtown Miami, an accessible place for convenience and comfort. The 10 story infrastructure offers 100 spacious loft spaces and penthouses designed suitably spacious for work and living space. The large balconies are a great space for relaxation and a view of the city lights. Each unit features a 10 foot high ceiling for loft spaces and 18 foot ceilings for penthouses with spacious floor plans enough for live/work usage. Cynergi Condominium is equipped with a rooftop pool, fitness complex and covered car-park, and a conference room in the building, with a convenient big screen HD TV with multimedia capacity to display presentations. You may check on the all the floor plans here.

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You will have your home in Miami at Cynergi Condominium. For more information, you may check out their website or email your concerns at living@cynergilife.com. Check out available Cynergi Condominium units now.

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Deering Estate at Cutler – Miami

September 5th, 2014

Deering Estate at Cutler - Miami

Deering Estate at Cutler – Miami

16701 Southwest 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33157

The weekend is something kids are looking forward to after a long week of school days. Taking them to one of the great sites in Miami is a great idea for the whole family to unwind. Visit the Deering Estate at Cutler, one of the beautiful historical and natural site in Miami for an educational yet interesting weekend for the family.

 

The Deering Estate at Cutler is a 440 acre estate of environmental, archeological and historical preserve which actively support the education, research, cultural arts, restoration and preservation of the Estate. This property was owned by the prominent Charles Deering, which was later on passed on until the last heir passed away. The State of Florida and Miami-Dade County purchased the property from the Nature Conservancy who brokered the deal in 1985. (Read more about the history of the Deering Estate). The Deering Estate at Cutler is now a habitat for pine rockland, coastal tropical hardwood rockland hammocks, mangrove forests, salt marshes, and a coastal dune island. The park has different facilities for several activities to be enjoyed by the whole family. From historical tours, nature hikes, cater events (i.e. kids birthday party) and other program are available equally enjoyed by the everyone especially for the kids on vacation or anytime of the year. They are available to accommodate group tours, classes, rentals and camps anytime. The admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children 4-14 year of age. They are open from 10 AM – 4PM.

 

 

Deering Estate at Cutler - Miami

The kids will surely have a great time at the Deering Estate at Cutler where lots of activities are involved. Take time to visit one of Miami’s treasured gems now. More information is available on their website or call them at 305-235-1668.

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Caring for Your Plumbing System

September 4th, 2014

Caring for Your Plumbing System

By: Joe Bousquin

 

Care for your pipes so they’ll last longer — and prevent a costly plumbing disaster later.

You probably don’t think much about the network of water and sewer pipes inside your walls that deliver your hot and cold water — and eliminate your waste — on demand.


But giving your plumbing a little regular attention can prolong its life, prevent leaks, and avoid costly repairs. Here’s how to care for the pipes in your house.

Caring for Your Plumbing System

Avoid chemical drain-clearing products

Clogged drains are the most common home plumbing problem, and you can buy chemicals to clear them. But these products sometimes do more harm than good. They can actually erode cast-iron drainpipes.


And because they typically don’t remove the entire clog, the problem is likely to recur, causing you use the chemicals repeatedly. “Each time, they’ll eat away at the pipes a little more,” says Passaic, N.J. plumber Joseph Gove. “Soon, you’re going to get leaks.”


Better to hire a plumber to snake the drain (usually $75 to $150) and completely remove the chunk of hair or grease that’s plugging the line. Or you can pick up a snake of your own, for around $20 at the hardware store, and try clearing the drain yourself.


Prevent future clogging

Clogs aren’t just nuisances. Backed-up water puts added pressure on your wastepipes, stressing them and shortening their lifespan. So avoid plug-ups by watching what goes down your drains. That means keeping food scraps out of kitchen drains, hair out of bathroom drains, and anything but sewage and toilet paper out of toilets.


Install screens over drains in showers and tubs, and pull out what hair you can every few weeks to prevent buildups. Scrape food into the trash before doing dishes—even if you have a disposal—and never put liquid grease down the drain; pour it into a sealable container to put in the garbage after it cools.

Grease is only liquid when it’s hot,” Gove says. “When you pour it down the drain, it cools and becomes solid. Do that enough, and just like a clogged artery, your drains won’t work anymore.”


Reduce the pressure

As nice as high water pressure can be when you’re taking a shower or filling a stockpot, it stresses your pipes, increasing the likelihood of a leak. “That drastically reduces the life of your plumbing,” says Phoenix, Ariz., plumber Alex Sarandos. “It makes your pipe joints, faucets, and appliance valves work harder.”

You can measure your water pressure with a hose bib gauge, available at the hardware store for under $10. Attach it to an outside spigot and open the line. Normal pressure will register between 40 and 85 psi. If it’s above that range, consider hiring a plumber to install a pressure reducer (around $400).

By the way, adding a low-flow showerhead won’t affect pressure in the pipes. It only affects the amount of water coming out of the showerhead itself. 

Caring for Your Plumbing System

Soften the water

If your water has a high mineral content—known as hard water—it can shorten your plumbing’s lifespan. Those naturally occurring minerals, usually magnesium or calcium, build up inside your pipes and restrict flow, increasing the pressure. Plus, they can corrode joints and fittings. Although hard water can occur anywhere, it’s most common in the Southwest and parts of the Northeast.

A white buildup on showerheads and faucets is a telltale sign of hard water. Or, if your house receives municipal water service, you can easily find out how hard it is. By law, every municipality must file an annual water quality report with the Environmental Protection Agency. If you have a well, check your most recent water test report for hardness information. Anything over 140 parts per million is considered hard water.

The only way to effectively deal with hard water is by installing a water softener. Most use sodium to counteract the minerals in your water, but new electronic softeners use electromagnetic pulses to dissolve minerals, and have the advantage of not adding sodium to your water.

You’ll need a plumber to install a traditional, sodium-based softener, for $500 to $1,000. Electronic units start below $200, and because the pipes don’t have to be opened up, you can install one yourself. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll need an outlet nearby to power the unit.

If you opt for a sodium-based softener, consider installing a whole-house pre-filter at the same time. Since the plumber will already be cutting into your pipes to install the softener, the pre-filter might add only $100 to the job. And not only will it give you cleaner drinking water by removing particulates and chlorine, you’ll reduce stress on your pipes that can occur when those particles clog faucet filters.

Keep your sewer lines or septic tank clear

If you have municipal sewers, hire a plumber to snake your main sewage cleanout every few years. This will cost $75 to $150, and will remove tree roots that inevitably work their way into these pipes—leading to messy sewage backups. If you have a septic system, get the tank pumped out every three to five years, for $200 to $500.

Other ways to avoid trouble

Learn where your home’s main water shut off valve is—so if there’s ever a leak, you can go straight there and quickly turn off the water to the entire house.

Remove hoses from outdoor spigots in winter to prevent frozen water from cracking the pipes and causing a flood.

Add pipe insulation to the plumbing in cold parts of your house—such as garages, basements, and crawl spaces—to avoid frozen pipes (and to shorten the wait for hot water).

Never use an exposed pipe as a hanger rod for laundry. Doing so can loosen joints and fasteners.

Fix problems quickly. Even small leaks can make pipes corrode more quickly, and cause significant water damage or mold.

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International Ballet Festival of Miami 2014

September 3rd, 2014

International Ballet Festival of Miami 2014International Ballet Festival of Miami 2014

September 5 -14, 2014

International Ballet Festival of Miami 2014Graceful, elegant and smooth – these are a few words that may describe a ballet dance. Ballet dancers impressively sway in smooth movements on the stage to impart a message and art through dance. The Miami Hispanic Ballet is proud to present the International Ballet Festival of Miami 2014 at different venues across Miami-Dade from September 5 -14, 2014.

The International Ballet Festival of Miami 2014 is the 19th year celebration presented by Miami Hispanic Ballet with the American Airlines presenting professional dance artist. The Miami Hispanic Ballet was established in 1993 as a non profit dance organization that aims to identify and promote professional dance artists of Hispanic descent in Miami-Dade County. They have produced excellent artistic performances and is the umbrella company for the International Ballet Festival of Miami. The festival represents the most ambitious ballet project in South Florida incorporating film, art, literature and live performances for a diverse audience of Miami-Dade. Ballet performances will take place at different venues across Miami-Dade County such as Chapman Conference Center at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, Miami Beach Cinematheque, Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center, Colony Theater and Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, and Dade County Auditorium. This is an awesome chance to truly appreciate art in a different light and that is through ballet.

International Ballet Festival of Miami 2014

Schedules and other information are available on their website. The Miami Hispanic Ballet is also entertaining queries through email at Contact@internationalballetfestival.org. This is a great opportunity to appreciate and promote talented artists in the Miami-Dade County and throughout South Florida. Bring your family and friends for this interesting festival. Who knows you might be watching your kids on stage for the next festival.

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5 Maintenance Tasks to Ignore at Your Peril

September 2nd, 2014

5 Maintenance Tasks to Ignore at Your Peril

By: Jeanne Huber

Maintenance Tasks to Ignore at Your Peril


Are you a pro at procrastination? Get off the couch for these 5 critical maintenance jobs; left undone, the consequences could cost you thousands — or worse.

Homeownership means regular maintenance and repair chores, but some are more important than others. Here are five that should top your priority list:

1. Make Sure Your Appliances Aren’t Being Recalled

Why it matters: The non-profit “Consumer Reports” magazine wrote an eye-popping piece about how often home appliances catch fire: more than 150,000 residential fires each year from 2006 to 2008, resulting in 3,670 injuries, 150 deaths, and $547 million in property damage. About half the fires appear to have been caused by faulty appliances. Some had been recalled for defects that could cause an appliance fire, but the home owners weren’t aware.

What you need to do: Write down the model and serial number of each appliance, then check at www.recalls.gov for recalls and what action to take if something you own is involved. Keep your list so it’s easy to recheck; it sometimes takes years for problems to become evident. Keep tabs at HouseLogic for notices about recalls.

Maintenance cost: Free

Worst case if you put it off: You don’t learn that your dishwasher or clothes dryer has a safety defect, and the machine catches fire and burns your house down.

2. Check for Leaks and Fix Them

Why it matters: Water does more damage to houses than anything else, since persistent leaks lead to mold and mildew, rot, and even termites and carpenter ants (they like chewing soggy wood since it’s soft). Yet if you fix a leak soon after it starts, there may be no long-term damage at all.

What you need to do: Inside, keep your eyes open for dark spots under pipes inside sink cabinets, stains on ceilings, toilets that rock, and of course drips. At least once a year, inspect the roof. If you find leaks, fix them immediately. Otherwise, call in a plumber.

Maintenance cost: Negligible for a simple fix, such as a new washer. A visit from a plumber might set you back $250; a roof repair, a few hundred dollars to $1,000.

Worst case if you put it off: Drips ruin the cabinet under the kitchen sink, and run down into the floor sheathing and joists underneath, so you need a structural repair, plus new cabinets and new kitchen flooring. Or the roof rots, so you need a new roof and repairs to rooms directly beneath.

3. Test Your Sump Pump and Backup Pump (or Install a Backup Pump If You Don’t Have One)

Why it matters: The middle of a storm isn’t the time to discover your basement sump pump is clogged, nor is it the time to begin planning for a backup pump. You need them ready before the water arrives.

What you need to do: Fill the sump pump pit with water and make sure the pump switches on and sends water out the discharge line. If you have a backup pump, repeat the test, but unplug the main pump first. If the backup pump runs on batteries that are more than two years old, replace your sump pump. If you don’t have a backup pump and are on municipal water, get one that runs on water pressure. If you’re on well water, your only option is the battery kind.

Maintenance cost: Testing is free; a water-powered backup sump pump, including installation, costs $150-$350; a new battery for a battery-operated sump starts around $200


Worst case if you put it off: The pump or pumps don’t work when you need them and your basement floods, ruining everything in it and forcing you to tear out drywall and carpeting.


4. Renew the Finish on Your Hardwood Floors

Why it matters: Every wood floor needs to be refinished periodically, but the trick is to get to the job before the old finish wears through. Then you can apply a fresh coat without having to sand into the wood. Since sanding wears away some of the wood, being able to skip that step can extend the life of your floor by decades.

What you need to do: If your floor is dull but OK otherwise, repair scratches and apply a hardwood floor refinisher ($6-$18 per quart). If the old finish is really scratched up, call in a pro to buff it and apply a fresh finish.


Maintenance cost: If you just need the refresher coat and apply it yourself, you can do 500 sq. ft. for around $25. If you hire a pro, figure on $1 per sq ft.

Worst case if you put it off: The finish wears through. If your floor is thick enough to sand, expect to spend $2.50 per sq. ft. for a new finish. If the floor can’t be sanded, you’ll need a whole new floor — $8-$20 per sq. ft., if you stick with wood.


5. Protect your Foundation

Why it matters: If anything goes wrong with your foundation walls — serious cracks, uneven settling — you could be in for one of the most expensive home repair jobs possible.

What you need to do: Every year, check to make sure the soil around your house slopes away from your foundation walls at least 6 inches over 10 feet (rain gutter downspouts should extend at least 5 feet away from your house).

That slope keeps water from getting down right next to your foundation, where it could cause basement walls to lean, crack the masonry, and cause leaks. (For houses with crawl spaces, keeping water away makes sure excess water doesn’t pool underneath your floor, making for damp conditions that encourage mold, rot, and insects.)

Maintenance cost: Topsoil is $10-$20 per cubic yard, plus delivery. You’ll pay $50-$100 per cubic yard if you buy by the bag.

Worst case if you put it off: Hydrostatic pressure causes your foundation to settle, cracking your basement walls. A full excavation is necessary to stabilize, repair, and seal the foundation walls — a $15,000 to $40,000 job.

Source: houselogic.com ; Image credit: ashburyhill.com

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Ralph Magin, GRI, CRB - Keller Williams Elite Properties
Broker Associate – 35 Years Experience
305.935.2696 Fax 305.328.9267
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