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Spring Home Maintenance

April 6, 2016

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As you begin your annual Spring Cleaning inside your house, make sure to use our helpful checklist for a few outside areas that should also be checked.  By doing this, you will help to reduce your energy bills, improve your homes appearance and to avoid those big-ticket repairs later on.   We’ve also included a few referrals for you if you need to call someone for a little added help.

* Call a professional to have your AC inspected: keeping your AC tuned up properly and changing out your filter each month can keep your AC running longer and more efficiently.

* Total Comfort: (763) 383-8383

* Ron Fierstad: Ron’s Heating & A/C, (612) 382- 4787

* Caulk cracks around doors & windows: for cracks wider than a nickel, apply new caulk to keep the warm air out of your house.  Make sure around doors you don’t see any daylight coming through, if you do, add weather stripping.

* Clean out gutters: make sure your gutters are clear of debris that settled during the winter months to insure on those rainy days your gutters can work properly to carry water 3-4 feet away from your home’s foundation.

* Inspect your roof & deck for any repairs needed: if you discover any loose shingles, or changes in your roof & deck from the winter, be sure to call a professional to come out and provide an estimate on what needs to be done to prevent any damage to your home.

* Mike Caron: M&R Home Services, (612) 716-8954

* Pressure wash your home: keep your home looking good by removing dirt and stains that are on your home from the snow and blowing of winter.

* Wash windows: Cleaning your windows including the sills and tracks of the windows will keep your home looking good and removing all the settled dirt and dust from winter.

* Squeege Squad: squeegesquad.com

* Repair sidewalks & driveways: Fixing cracks in sidewalks and driveways before they get worst will help to increase the life of both.

* Call a chimney sweep: Calling a professional will insure your chimney caps are in place and the damper is working correctly.  For wood burning stoves you’ll want to close the damper during the summer months to save energy and to keep unpleasant odors out.

* Nick Arredondo: Nick’s Chimney Services, 612-481-9356

* Prepare lawn mower: make sure your blade is sharp and ready to cut your grass all summer long.  Having a sharp blade keeps your lawn healthier and looking best.

* Reset irrigation system: take a look at your irrigation system to see if any leaks have occurred over the winter and that your control panel is set properly to make sure you aren’t over or under watering.  If you see any changes from the fall, call in a professional to tune-up your system.

* Jim Geach: Jim’s Sprinkler System, (612) 747-7432

*  Call a handyman: if you have several jobs that need to get done, give one of our preferred Handyman’s a call!

* Greg Olson: (612) 281- 5499

* George Paterson: (612) 382- 8160

* Josh Dieterichs: (763) 244-5934

* Al Mogensen: 612-865-8747

Need a referral for something not listed above?  Contact us today and we will help you with getting a referral.

Following these tips will help to prepare your house for the warmer months and keep it in tip-top shape!

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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