Tuesday, November 3, 2015

10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

(originally posted April, 2015)

FINALLY!  It seems old man winter has loosened his grip and it’s time to make sure your home is prepared for those April showers, along with the heat and humidity that soon follow.

Some tips for preparing for the long awaited spring and summer seasons:

1. Before the first mow, make sure to sharpen the cutting blade and change the engine oil in your lawn mower.

2. Repair any exterior paint that is cracked or peeling.  Paint provides a protective barrier, so make sure your home is protected!

3. Power wash outside surfaces such as decks, fences and driveways.  Inspect the surfaces for damage and repair if necessary.

4. You know you want to open those windows, so make the most out of the fresh air and beautiful views by cleaning not only your windows, but also your screens!  Gently scrub with soapy water and inspect for any holes in your screen. Getting the gunk off of your screens helps improve air flow and your views. Patch any hole larger than a dime that can allow insects through.  Save an old screen for patching other screens later.

5. While we’re talking windows, make sure to check the caulk or seals around your windows and repair or replace as needed by scraping off the old and re-caulking.  This can help with A/C bills as well as prevent water damage to your home.

6. Clean or replace your HVAC filters.  Dirty filters make your system work less efficiently, increasing cost and wear and tear to your unit.

7. Clean your gutters. It’s important that all the water from those April showers is directed away from your foundation and roof.

8. Drain your water heater to remove sediment that builds up in the tank.  This can reduce your electric bill and prolong the life of your water heater.

9. Trim overgrown hedges, trees and vines to help prevent mold and mildew growth as well as to help keep pests away.  A good rule of thumb is to keep branches at least 7 ft. from your house.

10. Check your foundation.  If you see any cracks, you’ll want to call in a professional.  Foundation cracks can’t simply be caulked.

For help with your next home remodel project, contact us.  We are happy to help!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Spring Home Maintenance Tips

(Originally posted March 2014)

Spring is ALMOST here.  The first robins have been spotted, daylight savings time is upon us and the first of the early spring flowers are starting to poke up out of the ground.  With each new month, there are different home maintenance tasks you can perform to keep your home in tip top shape.  Spend a little time each month doing different home maintenance tasks and you’ll save a lot of money in the future.

1. First things first, when you change your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

2. Test your water heater. Bad valves can cause major problems so open the pressure and temperature relief valve and allow some water to flow out. If little or no water flows out or it doesn't shut off, replace it.

3. Prepare for those April showers by making sure your sump pump works.  This is easy to do by simply pouring some water into the pump silo to raise the float.  If the motor doesn’t turn on, you have a problem.

4. Inspect grout and caulk around tubs, showers and sinks.  If you spot mildew, clean the grout with a mildew removing household cleaner.  If you can’t remove the stain, remove the caulk and replace it with a mildew resistant type.

5. Remove pop up drain plugs and drain traps under sinks and give them a thorough cleaning.

Check back regularly for more home maintenance tips, design trends and ideas.  As always, feel free to contact us if we can provide any assistance with your home building or remodeling needs.