Being a Real Estate Investor in Southern California is not all glitz and glam. Sometimes, most of the time, you have to go out and get your hands dirty to protect your investment. That is why someone like myself does not get excited when they see El Nino rains in the forecast for 5 days straights. Today I did some last minute runs to properties to ensure my investments and my partners were secure for the storm. Here are a few tips I can give you before it gets too late and you end up washing away your profits!

  • Make sure those gutters are clean
    • Loose debris such as twigs and branches can back up drains. This can cause water to pool on your roof or overflows and drain back towards the house instead of downspouts. A quick check of these can go a long way in preventative maintenance.
  • Make sure windows and doors are sealedIMG-20160102-WA0004
    • When you are rehabbing a property you make changes to windows, doors and other parts of the home. It is best to plan to
      take windows out at the same time that you are putting them in. 1 for security and 2 to keep rain and weather out of the home. Although this cannot always be done it will avoid unnecessary damage to your project.
  • Inspect your roof and attic
    • As part of your Investment you may need to replace a roof or make some repairs to an existing roof. It is always better to address these early on in the process. That way your can be confident in your roof. **Going into the attic is a great way to see where there are past and current leaks. You will see discoloration on the roof or paper.**
  • Install Rain Gutters
    • Keeping water away from the base of your house is huge in preventing water intrusion.
  • Grade landscape away from home
    • A rule of thumb is about 3% for the first 10 feet when it comes to grading. If you live in a an area that sees heavy rain it is recommended you go up to 5% for the first 10 feet
  • Inspect Crawlspace
    • Look for any signs of water entry past or present and identify source of entry.
  • Insurance
    • Verify that you have insurance that covers damage from heavy rains or floods. It is a common piece of insurance that is missing most policies. Reach out to your insurance provider to make sure you don’t have this gap in coverage

The last and important thing to do is be ready to resolve any water intrusion that happens. Water is a very costly problem when it comes to houses, but it can be a toxic and much more expensive problem if it is left and mold starts to grow. Always act quickly to thoroughly dry areas that have intrusion and test for mold once the process is complete]

Stay dry out there!

Andrew T Greer

CEO Better Tomorrow Group

Andrew is an active investor, speaker, Realtor, serial entrepreneur, and educator in all that is Residential Real Estate. If you would like a FREE copy of his book follow this LINK. If you would like to follow him on Social media you can find him on Instagram @beastmoderealestate and @bettertomorrowgroup on Twitter/Periscope @TheBTGRoup and Facebook at Better Tomorrow Group.