Buying a HomeHome Protection June 7, 2023

Is a Home Warranty Right for You?

Home Warranty Pros and Cons

A home warranty offers some peace of mind regarding inevitable repairs and maintenance on your property. These contracts can cover various things, from electrical and plumbing work to appliances and HVAC repairs. However, finding the right policy can be overwhelming, particularly if you are a first-time homeowner.

According to the National Association of Realtors, a home warranty is “a service contract, normally for one year, which helps protect homeowners against the cost of unexpected covered repairs or replacement on their major systems and appliances that break down due to normal wear and tear. Coverage is for systems and appliances in good working order at the start of the contract.”

In a nutshell, you insure critical systems in the home, and should something go wrong with those systems, the insurance company covers the cost of repairs. And it’s true, a home warranty can be exceptionally valuable, especially in the first year of homeownership, when you’re still getting a feel for your home’s overall health and maintenance status.

Home Warranty Plans average $350 to $600 annually for basic home warranty coverage. In addition to the annual premium, homeowners pay service charges (also referred to as a deductible) for each claim. This fee ranges from $75 to $100 for each repair or replacement.

Sellers often offer a home warranty to ease buyers’ concerns over their first year in the home. A warranty can be a competitive advantage if a buyer is looking at two comparable homes.

But as with all insurance policies, the fine print matters. When researching home warranties, you must know what the policy covers and how the insurance company honors claims. The home warranty can be a massive cost saving for big-ticket items like heating and cooling systems, often reducing out-of-pocket expenses to less than 10%. However, with smaller appliances and simple repairs, the deductible/service fee can cost as much as the repair would.

You should also be aware that having a home warranty isn’t required on certain home features. For instance, the home warranty coverage may be excessive if you already have a dishwasher or water heater under the manufacturer’s warranty. However, the warranty can be worth the investment if you have major systems with considerable age.

Be aware of the warranty terms when it comes to maintenance and neglect. Home warranty companies occasionally try to get out of paying for repairs or replacements by claiming you haven’t kept up with routine maintenance issues. Understanding how the insurance company justifies these claims ensures you don’t get caught in these technicalities.

Check with the insurance company for a list of providers in your area. Many claims are ’emergencies,’ and you will want to ensure they have service contractors ready to take care of your needs quickly.

Insurance is always complicated, but don’t hesitate to investigate a home warranty if you’d like protection from major, catastrophic repairs. With a bit of diligence, you can get the coverage you need. If you have any questions about where to obtain home warranty quotes, contact me today.

Dena & Dave Plane

The Prescott Area May 9, 2023

New Luxury Subdivision in Prescott


At Prescott Lakes

Solstice Ridge II at Prescott Lakes is an exclusive gated community that offers a private golf course, a recreation center with pickleball courts, indoor pool, outdoor pool, and a world-class fitness center.

Prescott Lakes is an 1,100+ acre master-planned residential and recreational community centered around the Hale Irwin-designed championship Prescott Lakes Golf Course. Located just minutes from Downtown Prescott and major restaurants and retail, you will enjoy the benefit of resort-style living while still connected to all of the amenities that Prescott has to offer.

If you’re seeking a peaceful lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the city so you can enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, golfing, or simply taking in the scenery, then you’ve come to the right place.

More About Solstice Ridge II


We are excited to be a part of the team for the Solstice Ridge II community!  We would love to tell you more about the homes, the community, and Prescott!  Give the Plane Team a call at (928) 830-6976.


Buying a Home April 12, 2023

How to Make a Down Payment Possible

Do you wish the rent you are paying was going into your future? Unfortunately, the down payment required to buy a home prevents people from switching from renter to homeowner. Climbing the “down payment mountain” isn’t impossible. It’s about breaking your essential, challenging, audacious goal into practical steps. 

Saving for a down payment on a home can be challenging, especially if you need help figuring out where to start. But saving enough for a down payment on your dream home is possible with some creativity and discipline. 

Here are some tips for conquering saving for a down payment:

Find out where your money goes. You can only start saving money if you know where you’re spending the money. Track each expenditure for a month or two, no matter how small. Get an objective picture of where you’re spending the cash.

Get specific about how much you need to save. Even if you’re not 100% sure of your down payment amount, it’s good to start doing a little math to figure out how much you need to save. Pick a dollar amount and a timeline to hit that dollar amount. For example, a $25,000 down payment in two years totals $1,041/month. Sound unrealistic? Either scale down your home desires to something smaller or scale up your timeline. If you can wait three years, that monthly savings goal drops to $694/month.

Determine the big moves you can make. How much would you save in rent if you’re in a three-bedroom apartment and can handle the idea of scaling down to a one-bedroom one? What about going from two cars down to one? If you can make them work, these sacrifices will significantly impact your savings goals.

Establish a separate savings account. Having a separate account with a “hands-off” attitude is essential. Keep your dream home money from mingling with your regular checking or savings account. Establish a high-yield savings account with a credit union or money market account to protect and build your savings. Automating your savings is one of the best ways to save for a down payment. This way, you’ll never have to think about it – the money will be there when you’re ready to buy.

Pretend you already have a house payment. Once you determine the approximate amount of a new house payment, start making that payment now. This trick is two-fold. Instead of paying the bank, pay your savings account. It will help you accumulate a down payment faster and ensure you can afford the new house payment.

Mind the risky investment schemes. Once you have a little momentum, it may be tempting to take some of that cash and invest it to make it grow faster. Be prudent about this, as investing in stocks, startups, or high-yield funds can quickly decimate your savings. Be conservative.

Of course, knowing how much home you want to buy is essential when saving up for your down payment. I’m happy to give you an idea of what homes are selling for in your area. In the meantime, check out the various neighborhoods in the Prescott Quad City area. We have an up-to-date list of homes for sale in the area.

Feel free to get in touch at any time if you have questions (928) 830-6976.

The Prescott Area March 9, 2023

Indoor Pickleball in Prescott

Espire Sports Now Open

Prescott, Arizona, just received another reason for people to fall in love with the beautiful historic town! Recently, Espire Sports opened a one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor sports complex in the Prescott Gateway Mall.

The former Sears building at Prescott Gateway Mall off Highway 69 now has an over 100,000 square feet sports complex complete with pickleball, sports, fitness and wellness opportunities.

You can read more information on the facility, classes, and membership prices at The facility is truly a unique complex that will benefit all ages of people in the Prescott area.

Types of Activities at Espire Sports

At Espire Sports, you will find Indoor pickleball, a multi-purpose sports court, yard games, arcade, bocce ball, cornhole, ping-pong, billiards, a fitness center with rooms for yoga, aerobics, or Pilates, golf simulators, a 9-hole putting green, pro-shop, cafe, and juice bar. There are also locker rooms with showers.

Pickle Ball Courts

The complex has 18 indoor and 12 outdoor pickleball courts with a pro-regulation outdoor acrylic surface where you can use any outdoor pickleball. The ceiling height is 20′, allowing players to execute the perfect lob.

What is Pickle Ball

According to, Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, Washington. Three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum — whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities — are credited for creating game. Pickleball has evolved from original handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Canada. The game is also growing internationally, with many European and Asian countries adding courts.

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines tennis, ping-pong, and badminton elements. It is played on a court that is roughly half the size of a tennis court. Players use “paddles” to strike the ball. The pickleball itself is similar to a wiffle ball.


Espire Sports has memberships for those who want to utilize the facility regularly and a drop-in day pass for those just coming short term to experience this incredible complex. Membership Information


Enjoy refreshments before and after play at the THIRD SHOT refreshments bar. The bar includes juice, smoothies, acai bowls, organic coffees, lite fare, and healthy snacks.

Thank you, Espire Sports for selecting Prescott! The sports complex is a real game-changer for Prescott. The Prescott area is fortunate to have such a unique facility.

About Prescott, Arizona

In Prescott, Arizona, you will find countless activities, including horseback riding, golfing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, local breweries, restaurants, and shopping. In addition to the hometown feel, these activities keep Prescott visitors, young and old, returning year after year.

Once the state’s territorial capital, Prescott, Arizona, is rich with history embodied in its world-famous Whiskey Row, the historic courthouse, and numerous historical landmarks. Whether you’re seeking to relax in a natural environment filled with beauty and wildlife or the history of “Everybody’s Hometown,” you will find something that will interest you. Visit the official Prescott, Arizona website to learn more by clicking here.

Located in the Bradshaw Mountains, Prescott sits at an altitude of 5,400 feet. The average high temperature in the winter in Prescott is around 52 degrees and averages 89 in the summer. There are approximately 46,000 people in Prescott, but the surrounding “Quad-City” area of Dewey-Humboldt, Chino Valley, and Prescott Valley and the smaller towns of Mayer, Paulden, and Wilhoit, comprise around 119,000 people.

Prescott Real Estate

If you would like information on real estate in the Prescott area, we would be happy to help you!

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Buying a Home February 9, 2023

Read This Before Buying Flipped House

We love the multitude of TV shows, taking a worn-down home and flipping it. Seeing an old house tuned up always grabs my attention. Hands down, before and after pictures are my favorite part! Have you recently fallen in love with a “flipped” home? Does the idea of moving into a cleanly renovated space excite you? Before you leap into closing on the house, there are questions and precautions you may want to consider.

“Flipped” or “rehabbed” homes are properties that real estate investors buy to renovate and sell for a profit. Sometimes these homes have been secured after short sales, foreclosures, surviving relatives, or at auctions. For real estate investors, part of the profit depends on how fast and affordably they can renovate the property. There’s even more pressure to make sure a home is ready to sell as fast as possible in seller’s markets.

A flipped home is enticing and, many times, a solid investment. There’s nothing wrong with purchasing a flipped house, but before you sign on the line, you will want to ensure you know a bit about the home’s history. Make sure to dig a little deeper.

Before Buying a Flipped Home

Here are some questions to ask:

1. Find out the condition of the house when the flipper purchased it. What was the shape of the home before the renovation? Was it just outdated? Vacant? Did squatters trash it?

2. What deficiencies, damage, or other defects did the home have when the flipper bought it? Ask for a list of issues.

3. Who did the work on the house during the renovation? Contractors? Handymen? Did the flipper do the work personally? Were the appropriate permits secured? Are there invoices that detail the work completed and the money spent on the repairs?

4. Was anything left “as is”? What issues were left uncompleted that may have been deemed too small or not vital to the renovation?

5. What was the legal history of the transfer of ownership? Short sales and foreclosures might have legal obligations on the flipper or other liens.

All State Insurance has provided a great article on this topic. All State advises having an inspection to determine if shortcuts were made. Along with this, they suggest researching the history of the house and researching the seller. Is their business flipping homes? Is this their first-time flipping homes?

You shouldn’t shy away from a flipped home that you love, but don’t go into the situation blind. I have experience working with buyers who have purchased flipped homes, and I’d be happy to help you navigate the questions. Let’s talk (928) 830-6976!

Buying a Home January 12, 2023

Can You Buy a Home With Bad Credit?

Bad credit can be disheartening, and many believe that bad credit can disqualify you from buying a house. While it can be difficult, buying a home with bad credit is possible. Below I have put together tips on what steps you can take to boost your prospects of buying a home. If you’re not in the position to buy today, preparing for what could be available in the future is a strategy that will pay off in the long run.

Check your Credit Score

Checking your credit score is easy to do. Each nationwide credit reporting company, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, is required to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months.

Along with this, check for errors in your credit report. If you find an error, the best way to attempt a correction is through a dispute letter. Dispute letters allow you to request a fix by contacting the reporting agency. Though it may take a little time to remove the errors, cleaning up these mistakes can have a direct and favorable effect on your credit score, helping you secure lower interest rates and better terms.

Larger Down Payment

Down payment assistance can be challenging to obtain with a bad credit score. You’ll have to help your odds of pre-approval by proving you have 10% down to put on your home. That 10% is beneficial if your credit score is sub-550. Above 550, you might be able to land an FHA loan with only 3.5% in equity.

Need help saving for a down payment? Here are some tips for conquering saving for a down payment:

  • Find out where your money goes and adjust what are “needs” versus “wants.”
  • Get specific about how much you need to create a visible goal.
  • Determine the big moves you can make to change your financial picture.
  • Set up a separate savings account, so your down payment is out-of-sight and out of mind.
  • Pretend you already have a house payment by placing that amount in saving each month.

Make Moves to Rebuild Your Credit

You don’t have to be perfect to improve your access to better mortgage terms. First, pay down your credit card balances. Then identify any outstanding debts or collections you can manage to get cleared through full payment or a negotiated settlement. Focus on doing what you can to bring your debt-to-income ratio below 45%. If you push your rating above 620, you’ll not only get closer to better terms, but you’ll generally experience less scrutiny during the approval process.

Don’t Force It

Suppose you’ve experienced a bankruptcy, foreclosure, or short sale scenario. In that case, it may not be possible for you to secure a mortgage for at least three years (sometimes two, depending on the situation). Use this time to work on the tips above!

If you’d like to begin hunting for your next home, I am happy to help guide you. Or, if you need a referral to a reputable mortgage professional, get in touch! I have a network of trusted folks I work with every year.

The Plane Team
(928) 860-6976

The Prescott Area December 15, 2022

Award-Winning Prescott Coffee Shops

Prescott Has Great Coffee Shops

If you love a good cup of coffee, Prescott in Arizona is bound to become one of your favorite places! With its traditional charm, Prescott offers a wide variety of independent and small business cafes that will tantalize your taste buds. Whether you want to cozy up with an Americano or bring some friends for espresso shots, the array of locally-owned coffee shops truly makes this city special. Read on to discover the top coffee shops around town!

Third Shot Coffee

3106 Gateway Blvd Suite 400 · In the Prescott Gateway Mall



Sun – Thurs: 8am – 4pm
Fri & Sat : 8am – 6pm

About Third Shot

“Local Coffee + Acai near you serving 100% Organic coffee, made to order breakfast, in house baked goods and NEW Acai Bowls. Our Acai Bowls are made with an Organic Acai Fruit Soft Serve, topped with granola and fresh fruit. Great place to meet with a friend or even a larger group accessing our private meeting rooms available with schedule ahead of time. Dine in at our comfortable indoor and outdoor seating or take it to go with call ahead carryout options. An absolute Star above the Starbucks or anyone claiming to serve Acai. Make the only decision and stop by Third Shot. You will be very pleased you chose to visit our locally owned coffee shop and let our friendly Baristas treat you to the best!”

“Love this place! The vibe is so awesome, seriously the perfect place to really be able to enjoy a nice environment, work, read, have a meeting, anything! They have a good variety of coffee beans. Their Acai bowls are next level! Picture of their honey lavender latte that I grabbed on my way to a meeting.” — Dayana Moca


Wild Iris Coffee House

124 S Granite St E, Prescott




About Wild Iris Coffee

Wild Iris Coffeehouse is Prescott’s landmark coffeehouse, locally-owned serving amazing coffee & loose leaf tea, lunch fare, desserts and house-made pastries from scratch. We are not only passionate about coffee, but everything else that goes into a full and charming coffeehouse experience. Every day we bake a large variety of delicious pastries and desserts using our own family recipes, as well as recipes from our baker’s and customer’s families. Sandwiches, quiche, bagels and other light fare are served for your morning, noon, and evening cravings.

“While searching for a cafe with gluten-free products, I found this treasure! The staff was super helpful and accommodating to recommend a yummy breakfast that addressed my food allergies. The atmosphere and vibes were so relaxing, and I loved the plants all around and organic chocolate selection. The wheat free granola was absolutely delightful. I’m returning soon for more!” — Monica


The Porch

226 N Montezuma St (Downtown Prescott, at the intersection of Montezuma and Sheldon)

(928) 707-3163


Monday–Saturday 7am–3pm
Sunday 8am-12pm
+ Tues/Thurs – 6pm -10pm

About The Porch

With the intention of coffee, conversation, and community, The Porch strives to be an extension of your home and respite from daily life.

“Top notch espresso. Food quality is incredible.” – Matt F.

 “Very friendly, warm, and the scones are to die for.” – Linda A.


Method Coffee

3180 Willow Creek Rd, Prescott

(928) 777-1067


We are 100% committed to absolutely perfect coffee. Every step or decision we make is motivated by the quest for the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had. From the products and ingredients we use in our drinks, to the policies and procedures we adhere to in the shop, to the preparation, storage, roasting, and selecting of every coffee we serve to our customers, we are driven to excellence. We make coffee as good as it can be made, and we push everyday to make it even better.

Opening in 2008, Method Coffee brought to Prescott a brand new approach to making coffee. Owners Rachelle and Joseph Burton have 34 years combined experience in food and beverage, specializing in coffee since 1994. After both graduating from ASU, and tiring quickly of the corporate world, they returned to Prescott to set up shop. With a deep background and knowledge in every step of of a coffee’s life, from seed to cup, Method Coffee is the result of a pure desire to bring exceptional coffee to Prescott. (all the hard work earned us Pop Rocket’s Best Coffee House in Prescott 2009)

“I love coming in here. The people are always wonderful. I love a milk alternative in my coffee and have found that Macademia Nut milk is creamy, like milk and does not have a strong flavor, like soy and almond. Method is one of the only coffee houses locally that regularly stocks Macademia Nut milk. Also, if you like a creative coffee, Method has fun new drinks every month for coffee and tea.” — K. Peterson


Merchant Coffee

218 N Granite St, Prescott, AZ

(928) 541-1556


Mon – Fri 6am – 7pm
Sat – Sun 7am – 7pm

About Merchant Coffee

We’ve partnered up with Provision Coffee & Roaster out of Phoenix, AZ, to bring you some of the best specialty-grade coffee beans around today. Provision knows all the hands who help bring this cup of responsibly-sourced coffee to you.

Absolutely love this place everything you need and more. Me being a coffee addict, they have amazing coffee. And the place is so Cali vibes. I love how they have a barber shop and coffee gym and everything all on one. Really nice place to sit and relax and study or getting things done. Nice setting area, and the people here are very nice. — Lule


Buying a HomeSelling a Home November 16, 2022

Moving Day Survival Kit Instructions

How to Prepare For a Move

If you’re like most people, moving is right up there with doing your taxes and getting a root canal on your list of favorite activities. But it doesn’t have to be that way! With some preparation and organization, you can make your moving day go as smoothly as possible. Here are the essential items you’ll need for your moving day survival kit.

Moving day has a lot of moving parts. Everything you own is stored for transit, and finding one or two essential items can be a major headache, even if you are prepared and organized with labeled boxes. 

To make the day as smooth as possible, I advise my clients make a “Moving Day Survival Kit.” It’s surprising how helpful these items are when you first land at your new home. From paper plates and plastic flatware for lunch to toilet paper for obvious reasons, the Moving Day Survival Kit can be a real lifesaver as you sort out where the furniture and boxes need to be. Below is a list of what I recommend you pack in your Moving Day Survival Kit: 

  • Paper towels
  • Glass cleaner
  • Baby wipes
  • Sharpie marker
  • Duct or packing tape
  • Large garbage bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Tape measure
  • Picture hangers/anchors
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Pliers
  • Box cutters (at least two)
  • Scissors (at least two)
  • Hammer
  • Small level or download a leveling app on your smartphone
  • Plastic silverware
  • Paper plates
  • Disposable / Solo cups
  • Light bulbs in high & low wattage
  • Extension cord(s)
  • First-aid Kit

An inexpensive plastic bin is a great way to assemble and store the kit separate from your other possessions. Feel free to add/omit items as you see fit, but you’re sure to have everything covered with this list. 

Tips & Tricks for an Easy Move

According to, below are a few extra tips that will make moving day a little less stressful. 

  • Find free moving boxes at recycling drop-off points, as well as on Craigslist,, and Freecycle
  • Reuse original boxes for electronics and appliances
  • Schedule a donation pick-up for free. Remember to save donation receipts for tax season
  • Obtain quotes from at least three different moving companies
  • Have lots of water bottles on hand when moving
  • If you are hiring movers, take photos of your belongings before packing them
  • Color-code your moving boxes and household items with post-it notes
  • Bring a door stopper with you
  • Get extra cash to tip movers

Consider Moving to Prescott, AZ

If you want to move soon, consider moving to Prescott, Arizona. You will find countless activities to do in Prescott, including horseback riding, golfing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, local breweries, restaurants, and shopping. All of this, plus a hometown feel that keeps Prescott visitors, young and old, coming back year after year.

Once the territorial capital of the state, Prescott, Arizona, is rich with history embodied in its world-famous Whiskey Row, the historic courthouse, and abundant historical landmarks. Whether you’re seeking to relax in a natural environment filled with beauty and wildlife or the history of “Everybody’s Hometown,” you will find something that will interest you.  

Prescott is located in the Bradshaw Mountains at an altitude of 5,400 feet. The average high temperature in the winter in Prescott is around 52 degrees and averages 89 in the summer. There are approximately 43,000 people in Prescott, but the surrounding “Quad-City” area of Dewey-Humboldt, Chino Valley, and Prescott Valley and the smaller towns of Mayer, Paulden, and Wilhoit, comprise around 103,000 people. 

Give Our Team A Call

If you’re in the process of moving, be sure to have a survival kit on hand! You can make your move much smoother by packing essentials like snacks, water, and entertainment. And if you want to sell your house, call our team. We would love to help you find your next home,   The Plane Team (928) 830-6976.


Prescott Valley October 11, 2022

Why You Will LOVE Prescott Valley

Things to do in Prescott Valley

If you’re looking for a great place to raise a family, Prescott Valley, Arizona, is the perfect spot. Your family will never be bored with tons of things to do and plenty of space to explore. From hiking and biking trails to fun festivals and events, there’s something for everyone in Prescott Valley. So come and see why Prescott Valley is the perfect place for your family. We are sure you’ll have a blast!

  1. Find your inner cowboy or cowgirl at one of the many rodeos held in Prescott Valley. The Findlay Toyota Event center often hosts the Mile-High PBR tour, mark your calendars, it is fantastic.
  2. Stroll through downtown Prescott Valley Event Center, enjoy ax throwing at In the Game Arcade, visit the unique eateries, and take in a movie at Harkins Theater.
  3. Visit Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary in nearby Prescott to see exotic animals up close.
  4. Play a round of golf at one of the many championship golf courses in the Prescott Valley area. Some award-winning area courses include Stoneridge, Quailwood, Antelope Hills, Prescott Lakes, and Prescott Country Club.
  5. Cool off at a Splash Pad at Bob Edwards or Mountain Valley Park, a great spot for kids to beat the heat.
  6. Ice Skating during the winter at Findlay Event Center. It is an economical family activity that is tons of fun.  
  7. Take a scenic hike or bike ride on the Peavine Trail or Iron King Trail. You can even rent ebikes from a local bike shop.
  8. Attend a concert or event at the Findlay Toyota Center, Prescott Valley’s premier entertainment venue. Their schedule is full of all types of entertainment and shows.
  9. Enjoy a day of fishing and picnicking at Fain Park, one of Prescott Valley’s most popular recreation areas. The park has some easy trails that you can stroll to learn about the history of the park.

Prescott Valley is Growing

As of the last count, Prescott Valley, Arizona, has grown to a population of approximately 48,000 (it was 38,000 in 2010). The growing town sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet and is located 85 miles north of Phoenix. Prescott Valley has a large retail center, an indoor Event Center, and Yavapai Regional Medical Center Hospital. Many retirees live in Prescott Valley due to relatively inexpensive housing and the mild climate.

According to, the median age of Prescott Valley’s population is 41 years old, with a median income of $40,298. One of the reasons many families and retirees select Prescott Valley as their home is the mild climate. gives Prescott Valley a comfort index of 8 out of 10. 

You can see from the average temperatures and rainfall in the data below why Prescott Valley received such a high comfort rating.  


Prescott Valley Weather

Prescott Valley Weather Averages (source:  NOAA)

Prescott Valley is a great place to retire, raise a family, or take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. There are plenty of activities for all ages and interests. Call me if you want to learn more about what Prescott Valley offers. I would be happy to show you around some of our amazing parks, golf courses, and shopping destinations. And when you’re ready to buy, I’ll be here to help you find your perfect home in this beautiful corner of Arizona. The Plane Team (928) 830-6976


Home Protection September 14, 2022

Where to Find Water Leaks in Your Home

Nobody likes dealing with water leaks, but unfortunately, they’re common in homes across the country. Whether it’s a leaky faucet or a major plumbing problem, leaks can cause a lot of damage and be costly to repair. So, where do you start looking for these pesky leaks? Keep reading to find out!

Identifying Common Water Leaks

Did you know it’s not uncommon for more than 20% of homes to have one unidentified water leak? Small leaks that go unidentified can significantly impact your water bill over time.  

Track Your Water Bill

Look back on your water bill history over the past months or even years, and look for spikes. Summer lawn and garden watering are seasonal reasons that may cause higher water use but look at your bill for any other unexpected increases in water usage. Something seemingly insignificant as a running toilet can become a significant contributor, especially if it’s running 24/7. If your water bill spikes, start hunting. 

Address The Leaks

  • Listen for the running toilet: Is your toilet constantly running? Check your guest bathroom. Flush the toilet and time how long it takes to stop. Does it take minutes? If yes, you may have a problem. Open the toilet tank and look at the water level. If the water level is more than 1-inch above the tube, the flapper isn’t getting a good seal, and a repair is in order. You can also test for slow leaks into the bowl by dropping some food coloring into the tank. Drop it in and wait 15 – 20 minutes without flushing. If the color appears in the bowl, you have an issue, and a repair is needed. 

If you’re still having difficulty identifying the issue, a YouTube Channel named ‘DIY on the House‘ offers multiple videos on identifying and fixing common toilet leaks. First, you can view their video ‘8 Common Toilet Leaks, How to Find Where Your Toilet is Leaking.’ 

  • Inspect shower heads: Replacing O-rings, soaking the showerhead in vinegar to remove minerals, or replacing the head completely can stop showerheads from spaying water in unintentional directions.
  • Inspect Faucets: Look at the source pipes of the faucets. Likely, you will discover the leak when the water is running. Therefore, after turning on the faucet, search for dampness in those darkened places. Plugging these leaks can also prevent mold buildup. 
  • Tune up your irrigation system: Irrigation systems can be the most subtle leaks. Busted sprinkler heads or constantly leaking supply lines boost your water bill. When the system runs, look for spraying valves and find ways to eliminate overspray onto concrete. A rain sensor is also a great way to ensure you’re not watering your lawn while it’s raining. 
  • Frozen Pipes: In the winter, water freezing in pipes causes the pipes to expand and burst. A simple way to prevent this is by removing and disconnecting all hoses from hose bibs. 

Need to get in touch with a plumber or handyman? An excellent source to find companies in your area for help is Angie’s List and Nextdoor

Like most people, you probably don’t check your water bill very closely. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to only review their water usage once a year – when they get their annual statement in the mail. However, if you have an unexpected spike in your water bill, it’s time to take a closer look at your home for water leaks. And even if your water bill is standard, it’s still a good idea to periodically check around your house for any telltale signs of a leaky faucet or running toilet. 

If you’re looking to sell your house and make a move, give me a call – I’d be happy to help you out. 928.830.6976