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The fall is a time of transition to make sure that everything is in order as temperatures begin to drop and winter settles in. Here are some maintenance items to keep up: 

  1. Check your roof. Protect your home by checking for any signs of leaks. Hire a pro to address problems like loose shingles, leaks, damaged flashing or bad ventilation. If your roof is beyond repair, now is a good time to tackle a complete replacement. 
  2. Repave your driveway. A new driveway is a great way to spruce up your home and pouring one while the weather's still relatively warm will allow it to dry before the freeze-thaw cycles on late autumn and winter. 
  3. Prep your landscaping. Plant seeds and bulbs for a pretty yard come spring and add mulch to plants that need protection from the elements. 
  4. Prune and trim trees. Dead branches and broken limbs can become a real danger as winter storms blow in. Get trees pruned by a pro to eliminate the threat the prevent unsightly debris from piling up. The trees will also come back healthier in the spring.
  5. Assess your deck or patio. Now is the time to pack up outdoor furniture that could be affected by cold weather. Once clear, assess your deck or patio and repair any damage or deterioration. 
  6. Clean your gutters. Gutters should remain clear and in good condition to help ensure they work properly. Lean a ladder against your home and clear away sticks, leaves and other fragments. Hire a pro if you notice damage. 
  7. Check windows and doors. Replacing drafty, outdated windows with a more energy-efficient alternative will create a cozier, more comfortable home interior this winter. 
  8. Purchase a storm door. It serve as an additional element to protect your home from harsh weather. 
  9. Consider buying a generator. Standby generators can be costly but may be worth the investment if you live in an area that tends to lose power in storms. 
  10. Make repairs big and small from broken railings and siding boards to knows and hinges. 
Posted in:Home Maintenance, and tagged: Home Maintenance
Posted by Sam Kader on November 3rd, 2018 4:09 PM
Spring is an ideal time to make sure things are in working order from checking your home's vital equipment such as water heaters and furnaces to replacing windows. However, there are some items that should be top on your list: 

1. Check attics and home exterior for openings and cracks. Spring time is when nature comes out of hibernation and even the tiniest of holes can serve as an entry point for unwanted animals. While you are at it, clean gutters as well. Given the hazards of climbing ladders, leave this project for pros. 

2. Have your home's equipment services from water heaters to furnaces,
spring is an ideal time for a checkup. 
3. Have your septic tank pumped. In many areas, homes are services by individual septic tanks that tend to need to be pumped annually. The spring is a good time as the ground softened from the winder thaw. 
4. Check your driveway. The winter snow and salt can damage driveways, pathways, and walkways resurfaced. Cracked driveway lessen curb appeal and even make way for weeds. 
5. Check your water. With so many homeowners opting for their own water purification and filtration systems, checking the safety of your home's water is a good idea. 
6. Evaluate your home's lawn. From downed tree limbs to areas that may have been damaged by winter, spring is a great time to tend to your lawn so it is nice and lush for summer. 
7. Start preparing your garden for early planting. Landscaping is among the three most effective home improvements to generate the biggest return on investment. 
8. Repainting is an instant refresher for many homes with a new coat of paint either on the inside or the outside will provide the perfect renewal.
9. Clean yard debris/Trim trees. Spring is a good time rake up fallen leaves and dead foliage and to trim trees back so they don't become a hazard during a storm or provide easy access to your roof for animals.
10. Replace/wash windows (and roof) to prevent draft all year long especially in the warmer months when you will be looking to be able to properly open and close windows, making sure they are fully functioning and operational.  

Things to do inside the house: 

1. Deep clean carpets and upholstery. Once a year it's worth to come in with the heavy-duty equipment. Most companies use hot-water extraction to remove deep seated dust, dirt and allergens. Spot cleaning will remove stubborn stains. 

2. Re-seal bathroom grout. Grimy grout can harbor microbes and mold. Professionals will come armed with steam equipment and specialized cleaning solutions. 

3. Clean mattresses. Remove sheets and covers and machine wash in hot water. Vacuum mattresses then deodorize by sprinkling baking soda over the entire surface and leaving it on for several hours or overnight if possible. Vacuum again before remaking the best with fresh sheets. 

4. Wipe down hard-to-reach surfaces. Walls and baseboards in high-traffic areas collect first and grime as do kitchen cabinets and areas behind the refrigerator, range and laundry appliances. 

5. Organize closets. First separate items into 3 piles (a) keep, (b) toss, (c) donate. Vacuum and mop the empty closet. When restocking, group like items together and store them by frequency of use. 

If you still have the property inspection report when you bought the house - this may be a good time to address the inspector's findings and recommendations.  Handyman on demand - check it out here
Posted in:Home Maintenance and tagged: Home Maintenance
Posted by Sam Kader on April 16th, 2017 8:55 AM



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