Pacific Northwest Homeowner Tips
Winter isn’t over here in the Pacific Northwest just yet, but here are a few things that you can start doing around your home now that can save you money now or in the future if you are thinking about selling your home come summer.
It is still too early to start the landscaping projects for spring, but you can start preparing your yard. While we have some mild days this can be a great time to clean up any debris in your yard that has fallen in the last couple months. If you clean your yard now, it will make things easier when it is time to start mowing and fertilizing again.
Tidy the garage. Make sure that your Christmas decorations are not blocking your lawn equipment. Tidy and organize all the gardening tools that may have been thrown into the garage last fall. This will make getting out into the garden more fun when things warm up!
Inspect your windows for cracks. Sometimes the cold weather or falling branches can crack a window. It is a good practice to check your windows for cracks and get them replaced so that your heating bills do not suffer.
We have had several wind storms in the last couple weeks. Check out your house: look for any damage to your roof, loose or missing shingles. Don’t forget to look up at the trees around your home to see if there are any large branches that may have broken or are close to falling. You should also check out your siding to see if there was any damage. It is better to take care of these things right away rather than waiting for the spring rains to do even more harm.
The beginning of the year is a good time to test all your smoke detectors and replace the batteries. You should do this every 6 months and if you do it now it will be easier to remember when they were tested.
Replace or clean you’re A/C filter. This is a good thing to do to keep the air in your home clean. It is also a good idea to make an appointment to have your system serviced early while the technicians’ schedules are more flexible.
If you have further questions about what needs to be done to get your home ready to be sold, feel free to contact me.