If It’s Spring, It Must Be…

By on 20 April, 2017 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

The late, great Robin Williams said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'” Personally, I think spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Get off your lazy duff and take care of this place!”

Lynne Burford’s heart-wrenching recent post, “Homeless,” reminds us of the importance of having our wiring checked regularly. That’s particularly important if your home was built during the era of aluminum wiring being used in residential construction, the 1960’s through the mid 1970’s.

Other things you should do at least every spring include:

  • Inspect roofing for missing, loose, or damaged shingles and leaks. If you’re too old (or too chicken or don’t own a ladder) to do it yourself, call a trusted roofer. Don’t know one? Call me and I’ll recommend one.
  • Change the air-conditioner filter. Actually, I think you should do this more frequently than twice a year. My godson the HVAC guy says at least quarterly and monthly if you have pets and/or allergies.
  • Clean windows and screens. It’ll give you a much brighter outlook on life!
  • Polish wood furniture, and dust light fixtures. If you have gas heat, get rid of the grime by removing the fixture covers (called lenses) and run them through your dishwasher. The results are amazing.
  • Power wash the deck and/or patio(s) and sidewalks. Then, if the deck still looks dreary, give it a new coat of waterproof stain.
  • Wash windows and siding. Some advocate power-washing, and I can show you awful stains around my windows inside my house from just that approach. Just use a garden hose with a spray attachment. Home Depot sells a 56 oz. product called Mold Armor House Spray that should do the trick nicely.
  • Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. Ditto my comment above about checking your roof.
  • Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. I cannot underscore the importance of your doing this. My trick is to do it twice a year, the day we change onto and off of daylight savings time.
  • Inspect sink, shower, and bath caulking for deterioration. Caulk is cheap and pretty darned easy. Missing or damaged caulk can allow water to get in behind the tile. And fixing that damage is anything but cheap!
  • Vacuum lint from your dryer vent. I also like to use a long-handled brush to get under the dryer and to go deep into the vent. Dryer fires are much more common than we realize and totally unnecessary!

Yes, it’s a drag. And you’ll feel like a new you — and so will your home!

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 30 years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.

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