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The Power of Good Advice

  • Writer's pictureEleanor Kelner

Time to Roll Up Your Sleeves. Spring Maintenance.

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Spring is here and it’s time to get excited for warmer months ahead! The following maintenance tips will help you prepare your home, both inside and out. Make the most out of your property by sprucing it up this season! Home Team, the local inspection company, will provide quality reports, a non-alarming approach and superior customer service.


  • Replace HVAC filters. Do this once every three months to keep the air purified.

  • Test smoke alarms and change out the batteries if necessary.

  • Clean out the dryer vent. This will improve the machine’s efficiency and prevent potential fires.

  • Scrub walls, baseboards and door trims throughout the house. Use mild soap and water with a cloth or soft brush. Remember to dust first.

  • Clean faucets and showerheads in the kitchen and bathrooms using vinegar. Calcium and hard water can build up over time, causing backups.


  • Inspect roof for damage. Look for missing shingles, cracks, rust and stains. Be sure to remove branches, leaves and other accumulation while you’re up there. Hire a professional depending on comfortability.

  • Check foundation vents for debris and damage. The screens collect leaves throughout the fall and winter, blocking air flow into the crawl space. Tears in the screen make it easy for rodents to get in.

  • Clean your gutters. Scoop out debris by hand and get the rest out by using water from a garden hose. Make sure material flows away from the foundation.

  • Power wash siding to remove dirt, mildew and other stains. Be careful not to angle the stream upwards. This prevents water from entering behind the siding.

  • Cut down trees. Not just for looks, but to ensure no branches are leaning against the structure of your home.

  • Wash exterior windows. Use dish soap, water, a microfiber cloth and squeegee to complete.

  • Beautify your yard. Lay down new mulch, plant flowers, trim shrubs and cut grass.

  • Clean patio furniture. With more time being spent outdoors, you’ll want to get your patio furniture ready for the season. Varying methods are required for the many different types of materials.

  • Prepare your lawnmower. Check spark plugs, change the oil, sharpen the blade and wipe down any grass that may be caked on.

  • Get your grill ready. Wash the inside and out, including the grate and grease trap. Be sure to stock up on propane or charcoal and cover the grill when it’s not in use.


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