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Winter Weather and Your Property

The month of January has brought numerous storms to the Lake Tahoe basin. The winter months are a reminder that the beauty of the Sierras can be affected by dramatically varying weather conditions. But with temperatures moving significantly above and below freezing during this time of year there can be some potentially negative consequences.

As temperatures rise and the angle of the sun steepens, snow melts faster and if there is even a modest amount of rain above 7000 feet, then run off will increase dramatically. The potential for flooding in some areas is quite high. Many secondary roads and even parts of some highways could become impassable. The intense runoff from rapidly melting snow can bring havoc to property owners in low-lying locations.

This rapid melting can also cause snow and ice to slide off roofs without warning. Metal roofs are particularly susceptible to this type of situation. If you have a metal roof that sheds snow over your deck, driveway or any doorways use extreme caution when entering or exiting your property. Do not park cars in front of a garage where a metal roof slopes over the driveway. We have seen situations where the entire roof can release its snow load at one time depositing several tons of snow and ice 2 to 4 feet deep.

Icicles that have formed during the winter also have a tendency to break off on their own as temperatures warm. With the help of rain melting the snow on the roof above, large icicles can come crashing down at any time causing serious damage to people and property. During the cold weather prior to a storm, ice dams may have formed in some places especially where different angles on the roof line come together. This can result in leaks occurring and significant water damage to your property.

It’s important to keep gutters, slotted drains and storm drains clear of snow, ice, pine needles and other debris. When these types of drains become clogged water quickly backs up and water damage can occur rapidly.

When temperatures fluctuate significantly, a driveway or sidewalk that was wet from rain or runoff during the afternoon can turn into a sheet of ice overnight. It can be difficult for a homeowner to continually remove snow and ice during these changing conditions. But, if your property is for sale it’s imperative to have a clear and safe path for prospective buyers to gain access. In extreme cases it might be necessary to prohibit showings until after a storm has cleared and the property can be made safe for buyers and their agents.

Weekly Real Estate Update

Statistics gathered from the Incline Village MLS on 1/26/20

Houses Condos PUDs

For Sale 80 44 15

Under $1 million 11 22 9

Median Price For Sale $1,999,995 $988,000 $895,000

YTD Sales 2020 8 8 2

YTD Sales 2019 9 10 3

New Listings 4

In Escrow 3

Closed Escrow 5

Range in Escrow $309,000 – $1,995,000

These statistics are based on information from the Incline Village Board of REALTORS® or its Multiple Listing Service as of January 26, 2020

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