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Annual Tips and Suggestions for Home Maintenance


By doing some seasonal maintenance to your home you can potentially avoid costly repairs in the future and reduce the cost of your utility bills. If you are not comfortable doing the work always remember to higher a reputable professional. Whether you need a general contractor, heating or air conditioning expert or a landscaper, by following some tips and rules you can make sure you get a qualified professional to take care of your home maintenance needs.

Spring Maintenance


  • Check all of your smoke detectors & carbon monoxide detectors. If they use batteries this is a good time to replace them to make sure they work correctly.
  • Clean and/or replace the filter on your furnace. This will help keep the air in your house cleaner and makes your furnace more efficient which will most likely result in lower heating bills, saving you money.
  • Check your roof for any damage thar may have occured during the winter. Inspect your roof for missing and/or damaged shingles. Missing or damaged shingles can potentially allow water to leak into your house.
  • If there is siding on your home inspect it closely. Look for cracks or damaged siding and replace and/or repair. Wind can get into seams and corners and pull vinyl or aluminum siding away from the house and can allow water into the walls, resulting int water damage to your home.
  • Rake your yard and pick up branches and twigs. Raking the lawn will remove thatch and snow mold, exposing the grass to sun and rain.
  • Fertilize your lawn in the spring since this will help strengthen your lawn to hold up againt the summer heat.
  • Have your chimney, fireplace, and vents inspected at least once a year to keep them clean and free from deposits. Even if you heat your home with gas, the chimney can get blocked from bird nests or other debri that can block the flue.

Summer Maintenance


  • Check all exterior windows and doors and if needed caulk. Caulking will help keep your house insulated and can help lower heating and cooling bills saving you money.
  • Clean lint from the clothes dryer vent system and check the exterior vent cap. If you have a gas dryer and it is not properly vented, it can force carbon monoxide back into the home.
  • Look for cracks in concrete patios and driveways and repair if needed.
  • Wash the exterior of your house, using a garden hose or pressure washer with some mild soap.
  • Clean and seal your porch or deck. You will need as least three warm and sunny days. The first day will allow the deck to dry out, the second day you can apply the deck cleaner and on the third day you can apply the deck sealer.

Fall Maintenance


  • Once again check all of your smoke detectors & carbon monoxide detectors. If they use batteries this is a good time to replace them to make sure they work correctly.
  • Get your furnace ready for the upcoming season. Call a reputable local heating and cooling company to check your furnace and have it cleaned properly. If you have a contract with your oil provider, you will most likely have an annual maitenance contract as well. Remember to call as early in the season as possible to get timely mainteance. Keeping the furnace in good working condition will help reduce your heating bills, saving you money and can help avoid any potential problems in the future.
  • Clean and/or replace the filter on your furnace. This keeps the air in your house cleaner and makes the furnace more efficient which can lower your heating bills, saving you money.
  • Clean out your gutters and downspouts and inspect for any damage thay may have occurred during the winter season.
  • If you have in-ground sprinklers make sure they are properly blown out and the water shut off to avoid any problems with lines freezing and causing damage during the winter months.

Winter Maintenance


  • If you have holiday lighting make sure all the conections and tight and secure. When the lights are not in use remember to unplug them. Do not bunch and/or run electric cords and/or extension cords under rugs and carpet. This will reduce the chances of overheating, which could potentially result in a fire.
  • Once again clean and/or replace the filter on your furnace. This keeps the air in your house cleaner and makes the furnace more efficient which can lower your heating bills, saving you money.
  • If you have a programmable thermostat, program it to reduce the heat during the night and raise the heat an hour or so before you wake up. If you do not have a programmable thermostat you should consider installing one since it can help lower your heating bills, saving you money.
  • Keep the area around your air conditioning unit clear of snow. Even though the air conditioning is not being used, you don't want the the lines to freeze which could cause damage.

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