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Maintenance Tips

Protect Yourself from the Unexpected

Routine maintenance is crucial to extend the life of your homes major systems and appliances. It can also increase the value of your home at the time sale, as well as reduce your exposure to non-covered home warranty repairs. Below is a list of recommended home maintenance tips:

  • Winter Maintenance
    • Clean gutters, downspouts, and storm drains
    • Insulate doors and windows
    • Store or cover patio furniture
    • Repair steps and handrails to make them safer in the ice and snow
    • Have your furnace serviced by a licensed and reputable professional
  • Spring Maintenance
    • Clean your kitchen’s exhaust hood and filter
    • Install surge protectors on your appliances and electronic equipment
    • Change batteries on all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
    • Hire a professional to inspect your cooling system, clean ducts and coils, and change all filters
    • Drain sediment from hot water heaters and storage tanks
  • Summer Maintenance
    • Clean lint and debris from clothes dryer vent pipe
    • Trim trees and shrubs next to outdoor air conditioning systems
    • Replace standard light bulbs with LED lighting, which will reduce heat in the home
    • Change air filters on a monthly basis
    • Inspect your roof for any damage
  • Fall Maintenance
    • Remove any bird nests from chimney flues
    • Stow your lawnmower and drain all gasoline
    • Turn off sprinklers and drain all water from pipes
    • Shut off and drain all outdoor water supply lines and spigots
    • Clear debris out of window wells, gutters, downspouts, and drains
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