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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist | Take Care of Your Home Now to Save Money Later!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

It might be hard to believe, but Spring is on the way.  Once the snow melts (we promise it will!), here are 10 top home projects you’ll want to tackle.  Following this list of interior and exterior jobs will help protect your home and save money on energy costs and future repairs.

  1. Rake those gutters. Gutters protect your roof and home by directing rain and snow-melt away from the walls of your home. Clogged gutters can lead to water damage, something that is often difficult to detect until you need a major repair.
  2. Inspect your roof and chimney.  A prime hot spot for water that wants to seep in, your roof needs to stay in good shape to keep your home leak-free.  After the hard winter gives way, repair any loose shingles and keep an eye out for other damage, including cracks, loose bricks, or clogs in your chimney.  For more tips on inspecting your roof, click here.
  3. Clean outside surfaces.  Get out that pressure washer (or rent one) and give your deck, driveway, fence, or other outdoor surface a good washing.  Inspect for any mending and note areas that need paint touch-ups while you start dreaming about outdoor dining and the grilling season.
  4. Seal up your windows and doors.  Harsh weather will often harden caulk and seals, causing cracking. Check around your windows and doors, and repair and reseal as necessary. Blocking air leaks will help you save big on your air-conditioning bill this summer; and next winter the heating bill will thank you.  Energy Star offers even more ideas on saving money and energy here.
  5. Clean and repair your screens. Once we’re able to open the windows again (yay!) our screens will take center stage.  Check for small holes that may need repair and gently scrub with soapy water.
  6. Inspect your water heater.  Sediment can build up in your water heater tank. Use the spigot near the bottom of the heater to drain it and help prolong its life while reducing your electric bill.
  7. Check on your AC.  And don’t wait till it’s 90 degrees to give it a try.  Turn it on once before you really need it to make sure it’s running properly.  Clear vegetation around your unit outside and make sure it’s getting good airflow.
  8. Inspect your washer and dryer.  Not only should you remove lint from the dryer, but take a moment to ensure that lint hasn’t found it’s way to the dryer vent as well.  Clearing your vent could save you money by reducing the time your dryer has to run, and keep the possibility of a home fire at bay.  Also check the washing machine fill-hose for any cracks or leaks, which could cause major damage quickly.
  9. Double check life-saving devises.  Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. You never know when you’ll need them, so taking a peak once a year to ensure they’re running properly is a good idea.
  10. Clean your mudroom or entry.  Move winter boots out of the way, wash the floors, check for floor damage from sloppy shoes, and move spring necessities in!  Itching to re-organize entirely? Check out these mudroom makeover ideas!

Though some work is in store, keeping your home in top shape is an important investment.  View this list of home chores as a way to save money down the line.  And more money means more summer fun!

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Home Projects to do Now Before Summer Arrives!

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Yep, we’re all antsy for summertime here in Minnesota, but making good use of your spring now can enhance your summer experience that much more.  Here are some home projects you can tackle now to be ready for the long awaited summer:Spring Yard & Home Projects

Windows  –  Springtime is the perfect transitional season for putting in new windows, once we’re finally ready to let some air in.  Installing new windows now will help keep your home cooler this summer (and warmer next winter).  Adding new windows will not only improve the look and feel of your home, it can benefit your pocketbook, as ENERY STAR rated windows provide as much as a 30 percent reduction in energy use.  As summer approaches and the sun stays around longer each night, beautiful new windows will also bring a welcoming ambiance to your home’s interior.

Patios & Decks  –  Come summer, everyone in Minnesota is ready to get outside; but wouldn’t summer be that much sweeter with a new deck or patio to enjoy?  Making your deck and patio plans now will mean that installation can begin before summer grilling season does.  With more product choices for your deck than ever (treated wood, cedar, or composite), designing a durable retreat space for your family is worth the effort before summer begins.  Planning your outdoor space?  Read here for some more ideas from HGTV.

Siding  –  Whether you’re simply not in love with the color of your home or your old siding has taken a beating and needs a serious upgrade, it may be the perfect time to replace your home’s siding.  Vinyl siding has come a long way in recent years and new options for homeowners are bountiful.  New sidings, such as fiber cement from Hardie Plank and polymeric cladding from Everlast are even more durable than vinyl, designed to stand up to the harshest weather.  While you’re at it, upgrade your home’s insulation, an effective barrier for storing air, hot or cool.

Entries & Mudrooms  –  Summertime means lots of moving between the outside and in!  Is your entryway ready for the extra storage, gardening boots, and kid traffic the outdoor season will bring?  Update your entryway or mudroom now to include coat hooks, a bench for shoes (& sitting), and ample storage, such as cubbies or cabinetry.  Also make sure all door hinges are ready for the extra swinging and give them a good dose of oil if need be.  Need some fabulous mudroom makeover ideas?  Check out these!

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