End of Winter/ Early Sprint Maintenance Tips

frontThis winter has been long, frigid and snowy. As the deep freeze begins to melt away, prepare your home for spring. The steps you take now can help avoid costly maintenance and repairs later. Here’s what to do inside and outside your home:

 

  • Inspect the roof and gutters. Check the roof for damage; it’s been taking a beating all season. Then clear gutters of debris; a clog can lead to water damage.
  • Check the HVAC system. Hire a professional to clean and service your system. You also should clean or replace filters; it’ll help ensure your system is running efficiently, keep energy costs in check and remove extra allergens from your home.
  • Clean and repair driveways, fences, decks and patios. Spray away salt, sand and deicers. Then fill any cracks, holes or gaps.
  • Examine windows, doors and seals. Look for damage. Sealants can crack in extreme cold, leading to water damage and drafts. Clean the window panes, drapes and blinds too.
  • Inspect paint inside and outside. Make any necessary paint repairs or try a fresh look.
  • Replace smoke detector batteries. If you didn’t do this when daylight saving time began, do it now.
  • Steam-clean floors and carpets. Remove salt, sand and deicing chemicals.
  • Examine your chimney. Hire a chimney sweep to check the exterior for damage and clean the flue.
  • Vacuum underneath and behind your refrigerator. A dusty, dirty fridge also increases electric bills.
  • Clean out the refrigerator, freezer and pantry. Toss expired foods, clean surfaces and reorganize.
  • Declutter closets. Donate, repurpose, recycle or set aside clothes for a garage sale.
  • Prepare lawn equipment. Make sure your lawn mower and weed whacker are clean, gassed up and ready for the first spring cut.

 

Good Neighbor Advice

A little consideration goes a long way. Read the following tips from eHow.com on how to be a good neighbor beyond just a smile and a wave.

  • Welcome any new neighbors with a personal note or pop by for a personal introduction.
  • Make sure that the outside of your home—along with the grounds—is well-kept and complies with our association’s CC&Rs.
  • Be mindful of noise—loud music, barking dogs, power tools—that may disrupt the neighborhood beyond a reasonable hour.
  • If you have a large party, consider your neighbors when directing your guests where to park, end the party at a reasonable hour and invite your neighbors to join in the fun.WGA Ice Cream Social 5
  • Return anything you borrow from your neighbor promptly, in the same condition they lent it to you, and express your thanks.
  • Replace anything of your neighbor’s that you, your children or your pets break or soil.
  • Respect your neighbor’s privacy.
  • Offer to take care of mail pick-up, plants or pets while your neighbor is on vacation.
  • Be social! Inviting a neighbor over for coffee and conversation can promote open communication and a friendly neighborhood environment from which all neighbors can benefit.

Visit www.ehow.com for other helpful, neighborly advice.