Get Your Home Ready For Spring!

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Winter have you down in the dumps? Perhaps focusing on some spring-oriented house projects can lift your spirits and make your home more sale ready!

INSIDE THE HOME

How are the “holders” doing?
Are the towel racks and toilet tissue paper holders sturdy? If not, unscrew the item and see if it needs a more secure wall anchor like a toggle bolt.

Door hinges
If you have squeaky doors, get some powdered graphite and squirt it into the pin where the hinge turns.

Floor boards
If your floor boards make noises then you need to secure them down better. You can also add talcum powder in the seams to lubricate boards that rub against each other.

Shutoff valves
Check your sinks and toilets to make sure the shutoff valves are not rusty. WD-40 can help.

Shower ceiling
If the paint is not looking so great above your shower, scrape it off, re-coat it and then use high-quality exterior-grade paint. This type of paint should take the heat and moisture better in this room.

Windows
Spring is a great time to clean the windows. Be sure to check for any gaps.

Loose handles
If any cabinet doors have loose handles, you can probably tighten them up easily with a screwdriver. Or, if the screw will not tighten, stuff a toothpick (coated with glue) into the space or use a larger screw.

Safety first!
Be sure to change your batteries for your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Outlets
Test your ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets found in the kitchen, bath or outdoors. Make sure the device trips and resets correctly.

Clothes dryer vent
Vacuum lint out of the vent pipe where it connects to the dryer.  And wipe off lint from the dryer vent.

Drain hoses
Inspect the hoses for the clothes washer, dishwasher and ice maker.

OUTSIDE THE HOME (WHEN IT IS WARM ENOUGH!)

Check your gutters
See if any of your gutters are loose or have leaks.

Check roof shingles
Inspect for damaged shingles from the winter. Shingles that are cracked, buckled, loose or missing granules need to be replaced. (Use binoculars to check!)

Concrete slabs
Fill any cracks with concrete crack filler or silicone caulk.

Hose faucets
Check for freeze damage from the winter. Turn on the water and place your thumb over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, the pipe inside the home is damaged.

Air conditioning
Have your air conditioning serviced. Coils should be cleaned. Interior filters should be changed regularly.

Have a wood deck?
Remember that the wood needs to protected with a sealant.

Need help with any of these home-related activities? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They are in touch with many service vendors.

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