Advice

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

March is here and with the rising temperatures and longer days, we’ll soon start to see the first signs of spring.

Before the arrival of April showers, it’s a good time to get started on some spring maintenance tasks to shed the winter layers and give your home a fresh new start.

Groom your lawn. Get ready to mow by picking up debris that accumulated on your lawn over the winter. Fill bare spots with grass seed and fertilizer.

Clear gutters and downspouts. Prevent damage from spring rains by clearing out debris. Make sure water is diverted away from the home to protect its foundation.

Reseal exterior woodwork. Stain or reseal outdoor structures such as wood decks, fences, railings, and pergolas, to keep them in good condition.

Schedule air-conditioning service. Make sure your HVAC unit is working before summer arrives. Schedule service, if needed, and don’t forget to regularly change filters.

Clean carpets and soft furnishings. Have carpets cleaned and send out area rugs for professional cleaning. Launder furniture slipcovers, pillow covers and shower curtains.

Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Change batteries at least once a year and replace each unit every 7 to 10 years.

The real estate market is strong, with home values growing at a fast pace. After this year of hefty appreciation, if you’d like to find out what your home is worth, contact me for a free comparative market analysis. Likewise, if you’re in the market to buy a new property, just let me know how I can help.

703-963-0142 or robyn@robynporter.com

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