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Seasonal Maintenance Tips

By following a preventive maintenance program, you can increase the wear-ability and the eventual sale-ability of your home. The proper precautions taken now will help save you time and money in the long run. Remember, a home is the largest asset most of us will own. Through timely inspections and proper maintenance, you will have done your part in protecting that asset.

Winter Maintenance

Seasonal Home Maintenance Tips

  • Air Conditioning - Clean out and cover your air conditioner.
  • Asphalt Driveway - Patch cracks and holes; apply sealer.
  • Basement Window Wells - Remove leaves; check drainage.
  • Caulking - Replace loose caulking around windows / doors.
  • Chimney Cap - Inspect for cracks; flashing should be secure.
  • Exterior Paint - Repaint before temperature drops below 40 degrees.
  • Fireplace / Chimney - Check damper; have flue cleaned if needed.
  • Gutters / Downspouts - Remove debris and check for damage.
  • Heater - Professionally clean; replace filter.
  • Insulate - Properly insulate attic floor and pipes in unheated areas of your home.
  • Outside Faucets - Shut off and drain pipes leaving faucet on.
  • Roof - Look for torn, loose shingles and repair.
  • Weather Stripping - Check door / windows; replace if necessary.
  • Windows - Repair or replace any cracked or broken windows.

Spring Maintenance

Seasonal Home Maintenance Tips

  • Air Conditioning - Clean the outdoor condensing unit before cooling season and have it checked when warmer temperatures are constant (early May); change filters each month during cooling season and check it for proper drainage at condensate line.
  • Asphalt Driveway - Patch cracks and holes; apply sealer.
  • Basement Window Wells - Remove leaves; check drainage.
  • Concrete Steps / Sidewalks - Repair cracked or shifted concrete caused by winter freezing and thawing cycles.
  • Decks - Look for signs of termites and decay in wood; clean/re-stain.
  • Foundation - Make sure that water drains away from your house.
  • Gutters / Downspouts - Remove debris and check for damage.
  • Roof - Look for torn, loose shingles and repair.
  • Trees - As trees begin to turn green, it will be easy to identify those that did not survive the cold weather; dead trees and limbs are a hazard to your property and your neighbor's; remove them before any damage occurs.