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Seasonal Recommendations

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Take care of the following items before you focus on summer fun:

  • Clean and lubricate your sliding glass door and window tracks.
  • Lubricate door hinges and locks.
  • Patch driveway and other concrete.
  • Check the outside perimeter and eliminate any vegetation that is coming in contact with your home.  Perform a check after dark to look for insect activity.
  • Deep clean your carpets and rugs.
  • Clean your ceiling fans and make sure they spin clockwise.
  • Check your hot water heater for leaks.
  • Pick a nice, dry, sunny day and air out your basement.
  • Use a mild detergent and wash the exterior of your home using a normal garden hose.  Take care if you decide to use a power washer, which can force water under siding and promote mildew and wood rot.
  • If you own a brick home, inspect for damaged bricks or crumbling mortar.
  • Inspect recreational equipment such as swing sets for safety hazards.
  • Clean the exhaust duct on your clothes dryer as well as the space beneath the dryer.  Also inspect your washing machine hoses and replace if needed.


Why should you perform regular home maintenance?  Not only will you maintain the value of your property, you will make it easier to sell the property when the time comes to move on.  To help you keep your home in tip-top shape throughout the year, we are happy to provide the following monthly maintenance checklist:

  • Test your smoke and fire alarms and replace batteries if needed.  This simple step could save your life.
  • Replace the filters in your furnace, air conditioner, etc.
  • Take a walk around the outside of your home to look for any potential problems.
  • Inspect your fire extinguisher, making sure it is fully charged, the lock pin is intact and the discharge nozzle is not clogged.
  • During the winter, inspect the chimney for creosote buildup.
  • Vacuum air supply and air return registers to eliminate dust buildup.
  • Grind up ice cubes in your garbage disposal to clean the blades, then grind up citrus fruit rinds with baking soda to prevent or eliminate unpleasant odors.
  • Check for cracks in the caulking around your windowsills, counter tops, faucets, bathtubs, toilets, sinks, backsplashes and any other areas that apply.
  • Drain two gallons of water from your water heater to remove sediment from the bottom of the tank.


Don’t “fall” down on the job when it comes to taking care of the following:

  • Close your attic vents to conserve heat.
  • Rake leaves that have fallen in the yard, or ground them into mulch.  Keep your decks and walkways clear.
  • Clean out your gutters, especially if you have lots of trees around.
  • Have your heating unit serviced by a professional.
  • Test your damper to make sure it works before lighting the first fire of the season.
  • Check your chimney for loose or missing mortar and have it professionally cleaned.
  • If you have a window-unit air conditioner, remove it or place a weatherproof cover on it.
  • Take down screens and replace with storm windows.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector if you don’t have one already, especially if you have a gas heater.
  • Drain and store your garden hoses.
  • Shut off the exterior water supply.
  • Inspect your appliance cords and plugs and replace any that are worn out.


Be sure to keep the following items in mind during the winter months to keep everyone in your home safe and warm:

  • Monitor your thermostat to make sure it is working correctly.
  • Check the insulation around your doors and windows.
  • If necessary, keep snow and ice off of your roof and gutters.
  • Replace broken or cracked window glass.
  • Inspect your attic for water stains, rot, mildew or fungus.  Also check to see if any mice have decided your attic makes for a nice winter home.
  • Insulate your plumbing so it won’t freeze during extreme cold.
  • Clean out your gutters, especially if there are numerous trees around.
  • Check your chimney to make sure no animals have taken up residence.
  • Check the condition of your insulation to see if you need more, especially if you live in an older home.
  • If you live in an area where it snows frequently, shovel snow from your driveway and walkways before foot or car traffic makes doing so more difficult.  If you have a fire hydrant near your home, make sure the snow won’t keep firefighters from getting to it quickly.


In addition to your usual spring-cleaning, be sure to give attention to the following:

  • If you closed your attic vents during the fall, open them for proper ventilation.
  • Remove, clean and store storm windows (if applicable).
  • Have a licensed contractor perform a thorough inspection of air conditioning system to avoid problems when the weather gets hot.
  • Inspect your porch and/or deck for loose nails and loose or rotted boards. You may also want to consider cleaning, staining and sealing your porches, decks and wood fences.
  • Inspect your window screens for holes and tears and replace if needed.
  • Look for signs of cracking or peeling paint on the exterior of your home. Sand and repaint trouble areas to prevent rotting and reduce the need to repaint the entire house.
  • Inspect the roof for damaged shingles.
  • Clean out your gutters, especially if there are numerous trees around.
  • Trim any trees or shrubs touching your home exterior.
  • Inspect your foundation for cracks and water penetration.


Matthew R Peirick

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