Burke, VA (PRWEB) February 27, 2014
As we hopefully begin to wrap up what can definitely be called a long, difficult winter, most of the country is more than ready for warmer weather to arrive. As the snow and ice begin to melt away, it’s time to think about getting the home ready for spring. Pasquali Realty Group, a Northern Virginia real estate company provides spring maintenance tips for homeowners.
Inspect the roof. Whether shingles, tin or even concrete tiles, the roof is the home's first line of defense against water damage. Now is the time to inspect and repair any water damage.
Clean the gutters. Gutters direct rain away from the roof and home, protecting both in the process. Clogged gutters, meanwhile, open the home to water damage.
Clean or replace the HVAC filters. This should be done more than once a year. A dirty filter forces the HVAC system to work harder, which in turn drains the wallet. It could also shorten the life of the blower motor.
Clean the dryer vent. Not all lint is caught in the lint trap; some makes its way into the dryer vent. A clear vent will save money by reducing the time the dryer has to run. A plugged vent not only wastes money, but could also cause a house fire.
Check the washing machine fill hose. Look for cracks that could become leaks. A leaky hose under pressure can cause major damage in a short period of time.
Clean decks, driveways, fences and other outside surfaces. A pressure washer makes the work much easier. While cleaning, inspect for damage that needs mending.
Vacuum the refrigerator coils. The coils on the bottom or back of the refrigerator conduct the hot air from inside the unit. If they're coated with dust, they do the job less efficiently and cause the fridge to work harder. That means a higher electric bill. Use a vacuum cleaner hose or a brush to clean the coils.
Prepare the lawn mower for summer. Change the engine oil and sharpen the cutting blade.
Check seals around windows and doors. Winter weather can crack and harden caulk and other weather seals. Inspect them now and repair and replace as needed.
Drain the water heater. Sediment builds up in the water heater tank. Use the spigot near the bottom of the heater to drain it.
Pasquali Realty Group is an incorporated business that is a subsidiary under NBI Realty, and is currently licensed in both Virginia, and Washington, DC. They are a member of the National Board of Realtors(NAR), Virginia Board of Realtors(VAR), and Northern Virginia Board of Realtors(NVAR).