Maintenance

It’s Elemental: New Homeowner’s Basic Maintenance Guide

Buying a home is an exciting experience. You save up your downpayment, wade through thousands of listings, find and hire a buyer's agent, search for the perfect home, make and offer, get accepted and take the plunge. Now, you've moved in, repainted walls, arranged furniture, hung window coverings and settled in for the fall season. Except, you've never checked a furnace filter, dealt with a leaky...

Clearly Seeing Windows in Your Home

Updating the windows in your home can be a big investment. However, it can be a great way to improve your energy efficiency, especially as cold weather approaches. Here are a few things to consider as you weigh updating the windows in your home. If your home is older and you have wooden windows, you probably spend a lot of time and money keeping them up. Wood can rot and also needs to be painted on a...

Will Your Home Weather Winter Storms Well

Though we haven’t yet gotten to Thanksgiving, many parts of the country are already experiencing winter storms. Now is a good time for getting ready for snow outside your home. You don’t want to be caught unprepared by the first big snowstorm. Make sure that your gutters and down pipes are clean and free of debris. Consider putting up leaf guards so your gutters don’t get clogged. Check that the...

Keeping Your Home Debris Free

There’s definitely a chill in the air, and we are even starting to experience the first storms of the season. Now is a great time to clear away any debris from the exterior of your home. If you have spider webs, your home might be well on its way to resembling a haunted house and it’s still a little early for that! If you have spider webs on any outdoor furniture or fixtures that need gentle care or...

Steps to Winterizing Your Home

Autumn is in full swing, which means it’s a good time to start winterizing your home. Start off the season by getting your furnace inspected and cleaned if necessary. It's wise to change the filters on your furnace every month, for better energy efficiency. You may also want to consider getting a programmable thermostat if you do not have one. The fireplace in your home may need attention, too. Keep out...

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