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    Spring Home Maintenance Tips

    Now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s the perfect time to give your home a spring tune-up. Here’s my list of items to check to keep your home in great shape!

    • Check the caulk and grout around sinks – replace as necessary
    • Re-seal exterior wood decks
    • Check the finish on doors & windows. Additionally, take the time to open each of your windows and doors, clean out dirty tracks or window wells, and re-caulk around them as necessary
    • Check for broken glass or damaged screens and repair or replace them
    • Clean window wells & storm drains, and with leaves back the trees – be sure to check these on a weekly basis to avoid unnecessary floods
    • Check for trip hazards in sidewalks, breezeways or patios and repair
    • Check masonry for cracks and loose joints, including your parapet wall
    • Check for damaged gutters and downspouts and repair/replace as necessary…and, if you had issues with ice dams this winter, consider having an electrician install “gutter tape” in your gutters & downspouts to help melt the ice next winter. I’ll be doing this over the summer!
    • Inspection foundation cracks for new movement
    • Have your air conditioner checked by a professional
    • If your HVAC has a humidifier, turn it off
    • Test all GFCI outlets
    • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace the batteries in each
    • Check the underside of your roof (soffits) for water damage or holes. While you’re at it – crawl into your attic to make sure there aren’t any visible leaks or critters making a home for themselves. Make sure any pipes that vent your bathroom fans to the outside are affixed and not leaking moisture into the space
    • Check the roof for damaged or loose shingles or flashing, or any holes
    • Re-grade landscaping to make sure water drains away from your home