OWNING A MOUNTAIN HOME: TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT

    When considering purchasing a new home, it is important to understand the climate and environmental conditions in the area to know how to care for your home. For example, a beach home requires flood insurance, and sometimes hurricane shutters and lighting rods on the exterior to protect from storms. A home in California may be built for earthquake safety, whereas a home in the Midwest may be built to protect the structure from tornados.

    In the Park City mountains, we also have a few areas that require some attention to keep your home in great condition. Here’s a list of a few of the elements in the Pak City area and how to protect your home against them.

    Snow and Ice We are known for our amazing snowfall in Utah, but that does come with some maintenance. Roofs should have a snow melt system to keep it from accumulating. Downspouts are used selectively to carry the water off the roof, but keep an eye out for ice dams that can form in areas where the water may collect. Most builders in the area know how to engineer a home to work around this, but sometimes there is room for improvement. It’s always best to keep an eye on your roof and make sure the snow is able to melt and water is getting to the ground, not forming an ice sculpture over your bedroom.

    Hard Water If you are from many parts of the country, but new to Park City, you may not fully understand just how hard the water is up here in the mountains, and the damage it can cause. The minerals accumulate in the plumbing and erode valves and fixtures. The best way to prevent this is to have a whole house water softening system – as well as maintain the system on a regular basis. There are many types of systems, at different price points and with different methods of softening the water, so talk to a plumber about all of your options.

    High Elevation & Low Humidity Oh, the dry air. A love – hate relationship. We love the low moisture content in the snow, giving us great powder days. Not to mention a summer without humidity is heaven on earth. The high elevation brings strong sun combined with dry air and can do a number on your exterior. For homes with wood siding, keep up to date with regular staining and painting to keep the wood from getting too dry, and as a result, damaged.

    For the most part, mountain living is relatively low maintenance, giving you more time to enjoy the outdoors. If you have any questions about owning a home in the gorgeous mountains of the Wasatch or Uintas, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are happy to take the time to walk through all the aspects of mountain home ownership.

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