Over the last few years, the things we buy have become smarter and smarter. Last week, my car let me know that it’s about time for an oil change – no checking the little sticker from the oil change place or trying to remember the mileage that last time I had it done. Instead, a message greets me when I turn on the car and it won’t stop telling me this until I actually take care of the maintenance that’s needed.
Wouldn’t it be fantastic if our homes were smart enough to tell us when they need maintenance? We haven’t reached that point yet, so here’s a quick list of spring time maintenance chores that you might want to add to your to-do list over the next few weekends.
- Check gutters to be sure they are not clogged. Debris filled gutters or downspouts can cause water to back up and cause damage your house. If you have a 2 story home, safety first – we don’t want you falling off of the roof or the extension ladder. Hire a professional if necessary.
- Check for peeling paint. Whenever paint peels on the exterior of your home it not only looks unattractive, but it could also be exposing the material underneath to damage from the elements. Don’t delay in correcting this.
- Inspect siding, soffits and fascia for damage or rot and make any necessary repairs.
- Have your air conditioner cleaned and serviced. Murphy’s Law says that it will poop out on the first 90 degree day we experience and your HVAC guy will be on vacation.
- Clean out and mulch the flower beds before weeds start taking over. A thick layer of newspaper can be laid around new plants as a natural weed barrier.
- Change the batteries in your smoke detectors. New regulations require a 10 year sealed lithium battery be installed in all smoke detectors. There are no fines for home owners that don’t do this, but isn’t the safety of your family worth the $20?
- Check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher and replace it if needed.
- Have your dryer vent cleaned, especially if it doesn’t vent directly through an exterior wall. Just a few weeks ago I heard about a West Bank family that experienced a home fire because of the build up of lint in the dryer vent line.
- Pull out the pressure washer and (carefully) freshen up your siding, bricks, deck, patio, driveway or sidewalk. It’s amazing how clean and fresh an entire home can look afterward.
Need some tips on getting your West Bank home ready to sell? Contact the West Bank Living Team today. We’ll be happy to take a tour of your home and guide you through the process.