Total Home Solutions Newsletter
Welcome to the Total Home Solutions Newsletter!
This blog is all about providing information to homeowners. Today we will cover a few fun topics but we will also cover our Spring Home Maintenance.
Home Maintenance is so important. Keeping ahead of small repairs and problems is much easier and cheaper than ignoring the problem. Simple fixes ignored now will most likely require a more expensive fix down the road. We are all very busy and we may forget to do a quick cleaning, check or repair. So take the list and work through it, add items that pertain to your home and ignore items that don’t apply to you, then sit back and relax.
But first let’s have some fun!
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If you’ve been thinking of refinancing, mortgage experts say now is the time to take action.Improving economic conditions, potential rate increases, and expected changes to government programs means you may soon find it more difficult and expensive to refinance your mortgage.”People who are still waiting to refinance will realize that rates might never be this low again in our lifetime,” says David Lazowski, branch manager at Fairway Independent Mortgage in Boston, MA.
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So let’s get down to some work on our own homes.
Spring Home Maintenance Guide
The easiest way to keep your home in great shape and save yourself a lot of work and expense later is with regular upkeep. Small problems can be fixed before they become a major repair requiring hiring a contractor or worse being an emergency situation as result of water or fire caused by deferred maintenance.
Every season I supply you with a reminder of the maintenance that may need to be done, things that need to be checked and include some links that may help you find the answer to repair questions.
Spring is approaching and it is time to begin our spring home check up.
In many areas of the country spring can bring not only beautiful flowers but volatile weather as well. Tornadoes and severe storms, torrential rain and strong winds can pop up at a moment’s notice so planning ahead will serve you and your family well.
Let’s begin inside with emergency preparedness:
You should have the following ready for foul weather:
- battery powered radio
- first aid kit
- a pill box with a few pills of any medication that you should not be without
- a couple gallons of fresh water
- flashlight and extra batteries
- candles and matches
- screwdriver and wrench to shut off valves with leaking water or gas
In areas prone to earthquakes you should also have a day or two supply of food that stores well.
If you are a camper many of the supplies you use for camping would serve you well so store them where access would be easy if needed.
Let’s move inside.
- Check the batteries on smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
- Check the gauges on your fire extinguishers – they should read 100%. Did you know there are different extinguishers for different types of fires? You may want to choose a different one for your kitchen than you would want in your sleeping areas – here is some good information about extinguishers .
- Inspect your attic for leaks or critters who may have taken up residence deciding it was too cold to be outside.
- Check your sump pump to make sure it is running correctly.
- Clean out the cover on the floor drain in your basement.
- Replace the filter on your dehumidifier.
- Vacuum the refrigerator coils.
- Inspect the caulk around the kitchen and bathroom sinks and tubs and showers.
- Clean the dryer vents. Here is a great step by step.
- Do you have a storage area in your garage that is cluttered? Now is a great time to clean it out, get rid of any old tools, bikes, toys and anything that you no longer need. Now is a good time to remove toxic liquids you don’t need. Paints and cleaners – check your city’s regulations on disposal of anything questionable.
- Do you have a septic tank then schedule the yearly maintenance.
- Check your garage door safety sensors. Here is a good guide if you need help.
- Check that the labels on your circuit breakers are intact.
- Schedule your air conditioner check up.
Inspect the following items:
- the roof for leaks or damage before the spring rains return
- exterior paint and touch up any spots
- loose or missing siding
- outdoor play equipment – check bolts are tightened and pieces are structurally sound
- check pool safety fencing and locks
- Clean and seal the deck if needed
- Install screens after washing and repairing any holes
- Wash outdoor furniture and cushions
- Tune up lawn mower and sharpen blades
- Prune shrubs that flower in the spring after they bloom
- Prune shrubs that flower in summer before they bloom
- Prune remaining plants and bushes after the last frost
Now sit back and enjoy the beautiful spring weather knowing that you are ready for almost anything that comes your way!