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More Getting Ready for Spring

April 5, 2012

Knock – knock, Guess what?   You thought you were finished last week?  Not a chance.  I still have more items for your wonderful spring DIY checklist.  So STOP WHINING and get busy!

If you need to review those items from last week, click here.

Below are some more items that you need to look at around your house just to be sure your castle is ready for the upcoming weather (and made it through the mild winter we had).

  1. Clean the exhaust fan on the stove (including the filter – put that in the dishwasher).
  2. Vacuum the filters on the dryer, washer, heater/AC unit, refrigerator coils, and the dryer vent on the outside of house (be sure the flapper outside is still working correctly).
  3. Inspect the water lines for the washing machine (check for cracks).
  4. Check the deck for loose screws, nails or split wood. Check the handrails and steps for loose boards.
  5. Check the general condition of the roof, shingles, gutters, shingles, soffit, caulking, etc. Walk the house perimeter looking for places that little critters could get it. Plug up holes with “Great Stuff”.
  6. Inspect the attic fan and roof-mounted turbine vents to be sure they are operating properly.
  7. Check the windows for caulking issues, screen repairs, loose latches, etc.
  8. Check to see that the garden hose is in working condition (before you need it in the garden).
  9.  Service the AC unit – NOW – before the mad rush.
  10.  Wash the windows, drapes, and blinds (I can hear my Mom saying – Spring cleaning time…..yuck).
  11.  Check the smoke alarms and carbon-monoxide detectors.
  12.  Have your duct system cleaned by a professional. Change the air filter after a few days of having this done.
  13.  Check the grill, patio furniture, and hammock for damage from last year before using it for the first time.

Okay – now relax. Have a drink and play for a bit. You don’t have to do this all in one day. It’s all about preparation for the days to come.

I am also available to provide you with an all-inclusive home inspection/maintenance service for each season. I can provide you with the necessary tips and tools to keep your home in tip-top shape all year round.

Here’s to women getting it done,

Jo Ellen Soesbee, The ToolBox TomGirl

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