Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Do you have a set schedule for home improvement or DIY home maintenance? If not, according to the Dallas Morning News, you should...Here is a seasonal list of suggestions:

Spring-

  • Plumbing- Inspect all plumbing for leaks or small problems like leaky faucets and clogged drains.  Those "small" problems can cause BIG headaches in the long-run. 
  • Roof- Check for damages and make general repairs.  Those repairs can lengthen the lifespan of your roof. Neglect can cause long-tern damage. 
Summer- 
  • Trees & Shrubs- Keep trees & shrubs trimmed otherwise roof damage can occur.
  • Paint - Touching up your home's exterior paint will boost curb appeal and exterior paint lifespan, which is your home's first defense against weather and pests.
Fall- 
  • Gutter & Downspouts- Clean leaves and debris from your gutters and your downspout.  Ignoring this job can lead to foundation issues.
  • Windows & Doors- Install weather stripping during this season.  This will prevent unwanted air from leaking into a home, which can dramatically affect heating costs.
Winter- 
  • Refrigerator- Vacuum the coils on the back of the fridge.  Letting the coils build up with dust and dirt can decrease your fridge's efficiency.
  • Furnace- Service the furnace will keep it operating properly and safely.
Tips for Every Season- 
  • Garbage Disposal- Flush the disposal every season. Regularly doing this will keep it clean and functioning.
  • Smoke Detectors- Responsible home ownership means testing the smoke detectors regularly.  Smoke detectors are the single most important step to ensuring home safety.  



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