November is here! Lucky locals know that ho`oilo in beautiful Hawaii doesn’t mean blizzards or black ice—but the possibility of cooler weather and rainy days still makes autumn a perfect time to perform a few annual checks on your property to ensure you’re keeping your beautiful Big Island home in tip-top condition. Whether you’re a current Hawaii homeowner or looking to dive into the clear blue waters of Kona with your real estate agent for the Kona Coast, check out the following fall tips for Big Island homeowners.
1. Stay energy efficient.
Locals know that energy bills in Hawaii can be costly. Avoid extra expenses by keeping your home energy efficient. Evaluate your exterior doors for air leaks (find them by placing your hands around the doorframe and checking for drafts). Remember to check the bottom of the door, as repeated openings and closings may cause the sweep to wear out. And while you’re evaluating your home’s energy usage, consider the benefits of going solar.
2. Prepare for rain.
In November, the rains that create Hawaii’s lovely lush green landscapes begin to roll in. To prepare for the rainy season, clear your rain gutters of debris that may have collected there. Clogged gutters may cause rainwaterto back up over the gutter and wash over the side of your home, causing water damage.
(And by the way—don’t worry about the weather spoiling your tropical fun. The rains that make the Big Island so beautiful are almost always localized. If it’s raining where you are, there’s probably a sunny spot just around the corner!)
3. Inspect your roof.
Does a gust of wind cause shingles to fly off your roof? Have you seen granules or other roofing debris on the ground or in your gutters? Can you see damp patches on the ceiling from your home’s interior? If so, consider hiring a professional to evaluate the condition of your roof.
4. Perform annual safety checks. Check the batteries on all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure that they’re working properly. Protect your beautiful Hawaii home!
5. Check in with your real estate agent in Kona.
Your Hawaii home is one of the most important investments you’ll make it your life. Whether you’re looking to buy, sell, or simply call on an expert to give an opinion on your home’s worth and the state of the local market, a trusted real estate agent is an important member of your portfolio of experts, helping YOU continually evaluate how to maintain your investment—or help it grow.
If you’re not already living every day as vacation, get in touch with me, Annette Mejia, to make the leap! As an experienced Hawaii real estate agent, I can provide you with invaluable resources on navigating Big Island homes for sale. Call (808-217-8500) or email me today!
Photo by Connie Ma.