Getting your home ready for spring!

Despite what the calendar says, Mother Nature is suggesting that it’s time to think about getting your home or cabin ready for spring. Here is a simple checklist courtesy of HomeDepot that will ensure your home is in top-notch shape for the new season.

Indoor Maintenance

  1. Clean or replace your furnace filter. A dirty filter can lower the efficiency of your home’s HVAC system.
  2. Test your air conditioning system. If you wait until the first hot day of the season day to check it and have a problem, you may end up waiting quite a while to have it serviced!
  3. Check caulking around all doors and windows. Improper caulking allows for moisture to get inside your walls and cause mold. This is also the perfect time to wash/clean all windows and replace torn or damaged screens as necessary.
  4. Check/replace fire extinguishers. Make sure each unit meets current safety standards and check the gauges to ensure they are charged and ready for use.
  5. Test smoke and fire alarms, replacing batteries and cleaning dust from the covers.
  6. Clean ceiling fans. Whether you utilize overhead fans year-round or only during the warmer months, wipe down blades with an all-purpose cleaner. In addition to a providing a calming breeze, ceiling fans increase the overall airflow throughout your home.
  7. Dust and check wattage of light bulbs. While cleaning each bulb, check for correct wattage. A fire can result within a light fixture, wall or ceiling if the wattage used in a fixture is too high.
  8. Clean and store humidifiers and exchange them for a dehumidifier.  Removing moisture from the air will make you more comfortable in warmer weather and keep mold from growing.
  9. Deep cleaning carpets is a spring-cleaning must. Consider purchasing a steam cleaner for your home – not only will it come in handy during twice-yearly major cleaning sessions, but it will also prove to be a lifesaver if you have pets or children in the home.
  10. Clean out your refrigerator and freezer. If you have a coil-back refrigerator, vacuum the coils at least twice each year for maximum efficiency. Wipe down interior and exterior surfaces, and place new boxes of baking soda in each to maintain overall freshness.
  11. Spring is the optimal time to perform both indoor and outdoor pest control. Even if you aren’t currently experiencing a pest problem, it’s best to undergo preventative treatment rather than wait until warmer temperatures potentially create an issue.

Outdoor Maintenance

  1. Check for possible damage to the roof.  Look for missing, cracked or broken shingles and make note of any needed repairs. For safety reasons, you may want to consider hiring a qualified professional to take care of any repair work that needs to be done. Clean gutters and downspouts and make sure they are directing water away from the house.
  2. Cut back tree limbs and shrubs growing within five feet of the house or that are brushing up against the roof. You will create better ventilation, help dry out surfaces and prevent possible damage.
  3. Check for and repair cracks in driveway/sidewalk. Spring is the best time to seal cracks in the driveway or any other concrete.
  4. Pressure wash  your deck/patio and bring outdoor furniture out of storage.  Make sure to wipe down each piece thoroughly prior to placing on a freshly-washed surface.
  5. Check garden hoses for dry rot and inspect hose faucets for possible freeze damage that may have occurred during the winter months.
  6. Clean/condition your outdoor grill by first rinsing all outside surfaces with water.  If grease has loosened on the grill grates and inside of the grill, wipe off using grill cleaner and paper towels. Follow by washing with a mild detergent and water. Rinse well and wipe dry.

If you find yourself needing assistance around the house I have a number of professionals that I would highly recommend.  Call or email me and I will make sure you are well taken care of.

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About Renee Johnson, CSA

Through her many years of service, Renee Johnson has become a trusted resource and advisor for many individuals in the community. Renee takes the time to understand each person’s circumstances. She then creates a personalized plan specifically to meet their individual needs. Renee lives by her company motto, “We make each client feel like they are our only client.” Renee is the Broker Associate and Certified Senior Advisor at Kontor Realty Group and is licensed to sell real estate in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Renee enjoys working with all ages; serving the young and the young at heart. In addition to holding her Broker licenses she has earned the following designations; Senior Real Estate Specialist, Realtor Senior Advisor, Accredited Buyers Representative, Graduate Realtor Institute and Seller Representative Specialist. Renee’s specific training and experience allows her to provide the most comprehensive and qualified service. As a Certified Senior Advisor, Renee specializes in serving the 55+ community. Renee understands what issues most impact the lives of our aging population. She knows that making this transition can be complex, time consuming and emotional. Renee feels that in times of change you should leave nothing to chance and a trusted resource can make all the difference. She provides her clients with valuable information, resources and guidance so they are able to make informed decisions that will best serve them to successfully age in place. She has a team of professionals and services dedicated to supporting every stage of life, with care and simplicity. Renee believes everyone should have the ability to age with grace and dignity. Renee is a member of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, Minnesota Association of Realtors, Wisconsin Realtors Association, National Association of Realtors, Society of Senior Advisors and the National Aging in Place Council. She is the recipient of the Super Real Estate Agent Award for 2015, 2016 and 2017.
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