Should I have Ice Hanging on My Roof?


All but one of the states have snow coverage somewhere to make this a record year.  With all the cold the country is experiencing, what about the ice on your roof?  Is this normal or should I be concerned is a question many of you maybe asking yourselves. 

 Ice dams usually develop from the incorrect ventilation of attic and roof areas.  The diagram below is a great example of how this happens.

To answer your question, NO, you should not have long icicles hanging from the roof.  They are not only a potential risk for people or animals  walking under them; they can cause severe damage to your home inside and out.   Here is an example of a severe ice dam on a home that will need professional expertise to remove this correctly:

So you have some of these same looking icicles on the side of your home?  What to do now?  There are companies you can call that will come out and look at your problem, give you an estimate to resolve this issue, give you advice on how to prevent future issues & can do the work for you.

Some of the resolutions that may be used to correct the issues could be:

~ Steaming the icicles:  Some professionals my recommend to steam the icicles off your roof.  This can take anywhere from 3+ hours to do and can be costly. 

~ Roof Melt:  These can either be in a disk form that you toss onto your roof and will melt the snow/ice around where they land or a pellet formula that needs to be spread on by someone applying it onto the roof .  Again, I would recommend hiring a professional as the roof is going to be VERY slippery and could lead to injury if done by someone not professionally trained. (Photo for example only not a recommendation on behalf of author).

~ Heater Cores: Once you have the first issue resolved, a professional may recommend you install a heating system on your roof to resolve future issues.  This is typically electrical.  Cost, installation periods & availability vary based on roof dimensions, slopes, coverage and age.  There are different styles and cable that can be used based on your needs.

Most of us, when we see the icicles hanging from our roof would instinctively grab a broom or something with a long handle and knock them down.  However, this could do more damage to your roof and/or shingles.  Do NOT run the risk of having to hire a professional to correct more than what is wrong.  If this issue  is not handled correctly, the result could be melting that runs into your home, into your attic, into the sheet rock and may make it all the way into your basement.  

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How is the Real Estate Market Looking


As we fast approach the end of the first week of 2011, many people are wondering what is going on with the real estate market.  Especially if you have your home listed on the market now.

Well, here it is in a nutshell. 

Records indicated that for the week of Dec. 25, 2010 sales were down 3.3% based on the same time in 2009.  There were roughly 379 purchase agreements signed during that week as well.  There have been 657 new homes listed for the time frame of Dec. 25, 2010 which is up 43.7% from 2009. 

There are currently about 21,161 active homes on the market.  This number is up 11.5% from the same week in 2009.

What does this mean for persons trying to sell a home?

A.) You MUST have an agent that is working with your best interest & motivation.

B.) Your home must look it’s best INSIDE & OUT!  Get rid of the clutter, keep the walk ways cleared of snow & ice, limit the orders in the home.

C.) Since it’s winter, clear the summer clothes out of the closets! Make the closet space look as large as possible.

D.) Make sure your photos on the internet are current.  If it’s wintertime, make sure your photos reflect this.  You can have other seasons pictured, but make sure you have some of the current season.

E.) Work with the buyers agents when it comes to showings! Remember, when you get a call, you have a possible buyer! Let them into your home at the time they want.  They will be looking at more than one home and if they can’t get into your home at their desired time, they may not make it back at a time that conveniences you & your family or at all.

F.) PRICE IT RIGHT! Although, you have a price in mind, remember, you hired an agent to help you and they are the trained experts in this area.  They are going to do market analysis, watch what is happening on a daily basis, and work to get you the top dollar for your property. 

When THE SPIRITS TO MOVE hit, remember numbers are what count, so watch them, study them and be on the right side.

It’s snowing what about…


As Minnesotans we are used to some calling us tundra people, some call us crazy and some just say “I never want to go there again from November to March”.  Why would people say such a harsh thing about a place so many from our country call the people there as MINNESOTA NICE?

Here is why…SNOW, SNOW and more SNOW! Which also comes with below zero wind chills, icy slick roads and days that can be as gray as a canvas painting.  For those that have grown up & enjoy these words it also makes us remember that there are lots of things to remember during the time when the state of Minnesota can receive on average 36-70″ of snow in a single season.

Here are a few tips to remember:

1.)  SIDEWALK SHOVELING is not an option but the LAW.  Every property owner that has a public sidewalk on their property has 24 hours

                                                         to get that snow removed from the pathway.

2.) DUMPING SNOW is against the LAW onto public roads, streets or sidewalks.  This applies to Government agencies & hired help as well.

3.) ICE MELTING products come in various containers, degrees to which they work and animal friendly styles.  Be sure to ready the

                                    directions closely.  Some are not for use on specific concretes, decks or other surfaces.

4.) MAILBOX areas should be cleaned out to assure your postal delivery person easy access to getting your mail to you in a timely manner.

These are just some questions that each and every winter come to mind.  For more information on local and state laws, check with your local authorities. 

Also, remember it is always better to give than to receive.  During a heavy snow, help out your elder neighbors to remove the snow from the walkways & driveways.  For those with snow blowers remember those that don’t have one.  It will not only put a smile on your face but theirs for your generosity and kindness, these are THE SPIRITS TO MOVE and how they work.