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Winter home ownership hazards

This week's powerful Nor'easter has caused many second homeowners to bite their nails wondering if their Cape house survived the storm unscathed.  If you are in this category, don't forget that here at the Cape Cod Chatelains we provide a full-service realty firm, including property management.  Our weekly and post-storm inspections routinely help our clients to mitigate potentially disastrous circumstances.  Just yesterday we discovered that the furnace vent at one of the homes we manage had been covered by snow during the storm.  Sensing the blockage, the furnace had gone into emergency shutdown mode.  The temperature in the home was 42 degrees upon our arrival.  If we had not been there to check the house, unblock the vent, and allow the furnace to cycle back on, the home (which was built last year) could have sustained catastrophic damage due to a broken pipe.  Instead, a disaster was converted to a minor irritation.

If you own a second home or investment property on the Cape which is vacant for long periods, we strongly recommend engaging a property manager to help manage the risk of leaving your home unattended.  We would be happy to answer your questions at any time.

 

In the meantime, be safe and enjoy the sledding!

 

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