Spring Safety

Spring cleaning is a time celebrated by some and enjoyed less by others, but there are some basic tasks that you should definitely be doing to maintain your home this season:

  1. Clean out your laundry lint traps. Unfortunately, this is a boring, often overlooked task but is a real cause of house fires. Not convinced? Check out this recent news video from CTV.
  2. Especially during the winter, we tend to trap stale air in the home. This indoor air can be up to five times more polluted. So open up those windows and air out your home while replacing and dusting filters on the fridge, range hood, air conditioning and furnace.
  3. Check your safety kit. Your fire detectors, fire extinguishers and CO2 detectors are not the items you want to discover are expired or not in operating condition when it counts. So check expiration dates and give those detectors a poke.
  4. Have your chimney cleaned to reduce build up and checked for fire or carbon monoxide risks.
  5. Dirty gutters? Not just an unsightly mess, but also creates a risk of flooding. A trip up the ladder and an afternoon will help to avoid sagging evestroughs and overflow.

If you do these at least once a year, you can expect to have a safer, healthier, better maintained home that’s good for you and your investment.

Spring – Warmer, greener, better.

As spring emerges, we are welcomed by more sunlight, warmer temperatures, and a bustling real estate market that is prime for selling (and buying) homes.

But when in spring is best to sell? If you have a unique property with a gorgeous view of a greenbelt, or an impeccably manicured lawn, you’ll want to consider late April and May to really showcase what may be one of  the best assets of your home. After all, not everyone has the luxury of no rear neighbours, and a soothing greenscape on which to rest their eyes!

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If your yard isn’t particularly engaging, don’t fret! Tidying up old lawn furniture, trash that may have accumulated and blown through over winter, and a gentle raking will do wonders. You can also give fence boards some maintenance, trim trees or bushes, and keep walk-ways clear, stable, and safe. These will certainly put a plus in your wallet, as more buyers will appreciate the tidiness and potential they will see as they can spend more time imagining backyard BBQs and quiet evenings in the yard.

Windy days and home maintenance

Reports of winds up to 100 km/hour are reported in Waterloo Region today as wind warnings come into effect. High winds can cause potential damage to trees, building and power lines. We can’t stop wild winds and unpredictable weather, but we can do our best to prevent damage to our home and protect our families.

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Regular inspections of your attic including ensuring that rafters and sheathing are in good condition is vital. Check that the nails that hold the sheathing to the rafters have been properly installed and that the contractor didn’t miss hitting the truss.  It’s also a good idea to inspect for water damage and that your vents are operating correctly, since condensation of any type reduces the integrity of your roof.

What else? Check the exterior and survey your shingles; loose shingles are a way for water and pests to penetrate, so a visit from a contractor may be in order if you see loose, degraded, or malformed shingles. While you’re up on the ladder, have a look at your eves troughs and ensure that they are properly secured, keeping an eye out for stripped fasteners or damaged aluminum.

Maintenance of trees near your home is also key and while you may be able to do smaller jobs, it’s best to leave the big ones to a professional. Make it a habit to assess foliage on your property, and trim or even remove trees that are unhealthy, dead or too close to your dwelling.

Unpredictable weather including high winds are a great reason to keep your home maintained in good condition. Making sure eves troughs, shutters and doors are secured isn’t just for curb appeal, it’s for your safety as well.

Lastly, avoid chasing your belongings down the street and make sure those recycling bins and trash cans are put away on garbage day. Your neighbours will thank you 🙂