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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring is well here, even tough with all that rain, Burlington residents got this week, has made it feel more like it’s fall or something. Basically, we got a month’s worth of rain in a week!

Nevertheless, the spring is here, so put away winter shovels, ice salt bags, heavy boots and winter jackets! To help homeowners with their spring home maintenance chores, we’ve put together a small list of main things to check as you go along. A little prevention goes a long way.

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Outside

  1. Check your siding for weathering and clean it up with pressure water. If you see any paint chips get those fixed. While you’re at it, check the outside caulking for any deterioration.
  2. Examine your windows, doors and wood trim around those, fix is necessary.
  3. Tune up your AC by calling a qualified professional HVAC contractor. Small maintenance now will ensure that your AC operates optimally. Chang the air filter as well while you’re at it.
  4. Check your gutters for any leaks or blockage.
  5. Use compacted soil to fill the areas around your home foundation. You don’t want any favourable ground for insect breeding.
  6. Examine your roof shingles for any damage that might have occurred during the winter
  7. If you have a chimney now is the time to inspect that too. Perhaps consider getting it cleaned by a pro.
  8. Check your foundation, concrete slabs for any cracks, movement or chips. Fill it the cracks if you have to, as long as it’s not a structural issue.
  9. Inspect your outside faucets for any plumbing issues and your garden hoses.
  10. Check all your lawn equipment to ensure it’s ready for yard work.
  11. Clean and fire up your BBQ, get it ready for another season.
  12. Check your deck and patio for any damage or issues. You may have to get your deck treated. Bring out your patio furniture.
  13. Time to do some Lawn care, and gardening preparation, trim overgrowth. If you have a sprinkler system, time to check that too.

Inside

  1. General cleaning – move furniture around, appliances, get all that dust and dirt out. Here is some more info on home spring cleaning and organizing tips.
  2. Clean out your air circulation vents, you’d be surprised how much dust accumulates.
  3. Basement check for dampness, leaks, insects, mold.
  4. Check your attic for any signs of insects or mold.
  5. Check taps for any water leaks.

Lori VanDinther, a Burlington RE/MAX Agent and a long time resident of Burlington has been helping real estate buyers and sellers in Burlington, Oakville, Carlisle, Kilbride, Waterdown and surrounding areas for 23+ years! Thinking of moving to Burlington? Or selling your home? Contact Lori today to help get you on the right path to success.

Get Your Home Ready for Winter

As the temperatures drop and days get shorter – old man winter is right around the corner. Before you know it, snow and ice will be here. Sigh…

Extreme weather can put your home to the “test”. Getting ready now, will help protect your home from any potential problems and damage. Nobody wants to be without the heat in the middle of the winter, or get a burst water pipe. Or to find out their energy bills are super high, because the windows weren’t properly insulated.

Weatherproof windows

Here is a list of essentials to do around your house to ensure you’re ready for winter!

  1. Furnace – get your furnace inspected by a professional HVAC company, to make sure it’ll run smoothly and efficiently. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, get one! They will pay themselves off withing one winter season.
  2. Doors & Windows – preventing heat loss means your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard, which means you’ll use less energy. So take some time to check all doors and windows to make sure no gaps, air leaks, drafts, etc. Any home hardware store sells all kinds of weather sealants.
  3. Chimney – if you have a fireplace, and plan to use it, get a professional to check it and sweep it. Last thing you need is a chimney fire or a build up of carbon monoxide in your home.
  4. Gutters – clean out the gutters so there is no leaves or dirt in there. You want water and snow to be able to freely drain. Also, consider extending your downspouts about 5 feet away from your house – this helps prevent basement water damage.
  5. Roof – inspect the roof for any damaged shingles, or worn out caulking around the chimney and air vents. This helps prevent water damage and mold, as a result saving you from having to do big repairs in the future.
  6. Outdoor Water Taps – turn off outdoor water taps and faucets to prevent them from bursting when it gets really cold, because water can turn to ice and ice expands. Disconnect the garden hoses and drain any leftover water. Also drain your lawn irrigation system too.
  7. Insulate Pipes – save yourself money by insulating the pipes that are in unheated areas. Even then, by insulating a pipe you’re preventing heat loss, which helps cut down on energy costs.
  8. Snow Removal – now is the time to also test out your snow blower, get yourself some salt, and that shovel. You don’t want to be caught without one in the winter, because the demand for such products goes up and when that happens… price goes up too!
  9. Bushes and Trees – if you have any big bushes or large trees with branches getting too close to cable lines, power line, or your house. Consider trimming them to prevent power loss when the freezing rain makes those branches super heavy, and they break. You don’t want them coming down on your windows, or cables, causing property damage.
  10. Smoke Alarm – Lastly, test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re functioning properly.
  11. Ceiling Fans – by reversing your ceiling fans, your pushing air down.. and we all know hot air rises up so this will help you feel warmer.

Lori VanDinther, Burlington RE/MAX sales representative and a team leader, is a long time resident of Burlington and has been helping real estate buyers and sellers in Burlington, Oakville, Carlisle, Kilbride, Waterdown and surrounding areas for 23+ years!

Why Having A Clean Garage Is Important

Our garage is one part of the home that at some point, everyone has vowed to keep clean and organized. It also has a tendency to become the homes storage centre. As many of us can probably attest, it’s not uncommon to see cars parked in the driveway due to a cluttered garage filled with yard tools, bikes, toys etc. What many don’t realize is that an organized garage will not only look great, but it can help the resale value of your home down the road, should you choose to sell.

While organizing a garage will take some time and effort, it can be easily achieved with some quick fixes.  If you were ever thinking about having a garage sale, now might be the perfect time.  After all, they’re called “garage sales” for a reason.

The first recommendation would be to familiarize yourself with what exactly is in your garage.  Do you need the old newspapers in boxes from your last move?  Have the kids grown out of those bikes?  Will you ever use they dusty table saw in the back corner? Once you establish what it is you want to purge and what is you want to keep, you will be able to move on to the next step; organization.

Try to group your items into categories like: toys, seasonal, lawn care, automotive etc.  Once that has been established, you can decide how you want it organized.  Stores like Walmart, Home Depot and Canadian Tire offer many different storage products that are not only affordable, but customizable.  Consider placing shelving along the ceiling of the garage to open up floor space for your vehicles.  Storage bins are also a great idea. Consider defining a garbage and recycling area that is convenient and out of the way.  If you really want to take organization to the next level, consider a label maker so that you know exactly what everything is and where it is.

If during your clean-up you find that you have hazardous materials such as old paint cans, car batteries etc. that you need to dispose of, please visit the City of Burlington’s website at https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/garbage-and-recycling.asp to find out where and how to properly get rid of such materials.

When all is said and done, you will not only find your garage more accessible – when you’re ready to sell, it’s one last task you’ll be facing.