Burke, VA (PRWEB) February 14, 2013
With Winter winding down, now may be the time to start planning Spring maintenance. Pasquali Realty Group, a Northern Virginia real estate company offers homeowners the following tips.
Check smoke detectors & carbon monoxide detectors by pressing the test button. Be sure to change the batteries at the same time. Both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are available at local home stores. Contact the local fire department for recommendations.
Replace or clean the furnace filter. This will keep the air in the house cleaner, make the furnace more efficient, and help lower heating bills.
Check for damage to the roof. Winter's snow, ice, and wind can wreak havoc on a roof. Inspect it for missing or broken shingles. As the shingles age, the fine grains of stone get washed and worn off the surface. After 15 or 20 years, even the best shingles may need to be replaced.
Inspect vinyl siding. Check for cracks or damaged siding; replace or repair. The biggest threat to siding is the wind. Wind can catch seams and corners and tear lightweight vinyl or aluminum siding off the walls. This then allows water into the wall cavity, causing water damage.
Clean up the yard. The winter leaves behind debris, so rake the yard and pick up branches and twigs. Raking the lawn will remove thatch and snow mold, exposing the grass to sun and rain.
Fertilize the lawn. The grass is desperate for a dose of nitrogen in the spring. A little fertilizer will help it get off to a great start and strengthen it to withstand the stresses of the summer ahead.
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).