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Spring Forward: 14 Reminders for Homeowners

Whether you’re in a brand new home from your trusted St. Louis home builder, or have been in your place for decades, it’s time to shower your home with a little attention this Spring.  Your home was your haven through a tough winter, and now it’s time to return the love.  This is the perfect place to start. 

THE BIG THREE 

Gutters can be cleaned by hand, with a hose or pressure washer, or with a blower if debris is dry

You’ve probably heard these three tips before, but that’s because they’re important enough to bear repeating. Though probably not your favorite task, cleaning your gutters is one of the most important things you can do for exterior maintenance. Even if you have some type of leaf control gutter system, it still is worth a peek to make sure that everything is functioning as it should. If you’re a DIY kind of person and are comfortable on a ladder, it’s not really a difficult task.  If you’re not up for ladder work, there are companies in the area that perform this service for a reasonable fee. 

Next, changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is one of the easiest ways to protect your family and home.  According to a recent report from the National Fire Protection Association, almost three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (40%) or no smoke alarms that were working (17%), while dead batteries caused one-quarter (25%) of the smoke alarm failures. 

Finally, schedule maintenance of your cooling system. Not a DIY task, a cooling system checkup is best left to the professionals.  A simple phone call is all it takes to check this important item off your list. 

INDOOR MAINTENANCE 

Spring weather can make outdoor tasks difficult for St. Louis home builders and home owners alike.  Just because the rain and mud has you stuck inside doesn’t mean you can’t get a jump on Spring maintenance. Besides smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, here are a few tasks you should perform inside your home. 

If you don’t already change or clean filters in your HVAC monthly, now’s a good time to start. Vacuum, water filtration, and other filters may also need attention.  If it has a filter it needs occasional cleaning or replacement, and Daylight Savings is as good a reminder as any to complete this simple task.

Next, move on to the kitchen and take just a few moments to vacuum the refrigerator coils. Keeping the underside of your fridge free of dust will make it run more efficiently and extend its life.  If you have pets, you may want to add this task to your monthly or quarterly list.  Then deep clean the garbage disposal with items you have in the pantry. Here’s a great tutorial that lays it out step-by-step. 

If you’re lucky enough to live in a new home from St. Louis builder Rolwes Co, then cleaning windows is an easy inside task, thanks to tilt-in windows.  While you’re doing that, take a second to inspect the seals around your windows (and doors) to make sure the harsh winter hasn’t had an effect.  Caulk any small gaps now to make sure the cool air stays in and the hot air stays out this summer.  And speaking of summer heat, if you used them to circulate air during the winter, now is a good time to switch your ceiling fan direction so they’re ready to create a cool breeze. 

Finally, a very important indoor task that is often overlooked is properly cleaning your dryer vent. According to the US Fire Administration 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.  The Spruce offers an excellent tutorial for deep cleaning your dryer vent. 

OUTDOOR MAINTENANCE 

When we think of Spring maintenance, the aforementioned gutter cleaning is what tends to come to mind.   But there are a couple of other outdoor tasks you should think about when the weather starts turning balmy.

First, if you’re already on the ladder for those gutters, do a quick visual roof inspection. Make sure the high winds and winter weather didn’t loosen any shingles or flashing.  It’s best to make sure everything is in tiptop shape before summer thunderstorms arrive on the scene. 

Next, continue your outdoor inspection by taking a look at any decks or fencing.  Composite materials may need a scrub or power wash.  Wood decks need to be waterproofed or sealed occasionally.  Follow the manufacturer or contractor instructions for your particular deck or fencing. 

Then make sure you’re ready to mow by performing lawn equipment maintenance. Sharpen mower blades, load trimmer string, and purchase fresh gasoline.  Again, follow maintenance instructions from your equipment manufacturer, and you’ll get a jump on having the best lawn in the community.

Make sure all your lawn equipment is ready to go

Finally, warmer temperatures in St. Louis mean two things: baseball and barbecue.  Whether you’re a charcoal or gas aficionado, get ready for summer by cleaning your grill. While you’ve got the cleaning equipment out, clean outdoor furniture, too.  Then you’ll be all set for your first backyard barbecue! 

These tips will help get your home in shape for summer and keep it in top working order.  If your current maintenance routine includes more items than you can list, come see one of the New Home Specialist at The Builder You Trust in the St. Louis area, Rolwes Company.  We’ll be happy to help you find the perfect, lower maintenance home of your dreams. 

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