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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

By Elizabeth Elstien

Spring house cleaning is routine for many families, but home maintenance can be an afterthought. Why not take a little extra time and do some spring home maintenance, too? Simple maintenance can improve the look and feel of your home, cut energy costs and protect your biggest investment: your home. Use the simple and low-cost maintenance checklist below to help protect your home's value.

  • Service your air conditioner for optimum efficiency, preferably by a licenses HVAC company. Remember to change pads or filters regularly for efficient cooling. Turn your heater off.
  • Clean range hood and filter from grease buildup to prevent a fire. Run the filter through the dishwasher and clean the fan blades.
  • Vacuum condenser coils on the back of the refrigerator so they help cool more efficiently, especially important in hot summer weather. Do this a few times a year if you have furry pets.
  • Replace batteries in both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for safety.
  • Look at wood trim, railings, posts, windowsills, etc. for signs of dry rot and replace wood where necessary. Paint or seal wood
  • Remove vent covers and wipe down metal of cover and grating to get rid of dust.
  • Check your roof for leaks. Repair or reroof before rainy season hits in your area.
  • Take off window screens and hose off dirt and grime.
  • Inspect the clothes dryer vent for fire-causing lint buildup and remove all lint. A lint-free dryer vent is more energy efficient, as clothes dry faster.
  • Be certain that the spray from sprinkler systems doesn't hit the house or any outbuildings to prevent inside water damage from seepage. Also, look for runoff that slopes toward the house and keep it in check.
  • Dust of baseboards and trim to give the house a cleaner look.
  • Wash window coverings to help eliminate dust.
  • Repair broken hinges, knobs, handles and drawers. Tighten any loose screws on switch plates, fixtures, furniture and drawers or cabinetry.
  • Get rid of yard debris and unused materials that can harbor spiders and other pests.
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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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