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Thursday, December 21, 2023   /   by Ryan Huemmer

Top 5 End-Of-Year Homeownership Task

Every homeowner should consider these end-of-year tasks to help ensure everything is in order and prepare your home for the coming year. Here are the TOP 5 tasks to consider:

1. HVAC Maintenance: Regular maintenance of your heating and cooling systems is essential for their efficiency and longevity. Change air filters every 1-3 months, clean vents and ducts, and schedule professional inspections or servicing to ensure everything is in good working condition. Call our favorite heating and cooling company Wohlers Heating & A/C for more information.

2. Check Detectors: Test smoke detectors by pressing the test button and ensure they're functioning correctly. Replace batteries at least once a year, even if they seem to be working fine. Also, test carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they're operational.

3. Clean Gutters: Clogged gutters can lead to water damage and structural issues. Remove leaves, debris, and any blockages to allow proper water drainage, especially before wi ...

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Friday, December 1, 2023   /   by Ryan Huemmer

December Home Maintenance Checklist

Prepare For Snow Removal
Make sure your shovel and/or snow blower is in working condition. Store snowy-weather supplies near the door where you can access them easily in a storm. Also buy ice salt.

Update Your Emergency Kit
Prepare yourself for power outages by making sure your house is outfitted with a well-stocked emergency kit. Things to consider: bottled water, a hand-crank radio, a flashlight with extra batteries, a solar cell phone charger, food, blankets and a first-aid kit.

Replace Furnace Air Filter
The air filter on your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system needs to be replaced every 1-3 months to keep the air in your home clean and flowing freely. A high-quality air filter is the best choice to remove mold, pollen, and other microscopic particles from the air.

Outdoor Lighting
Make sure all of your outdoor lights are working for both safety and security. Also check your garage lighting too.
Organize Your Freezers
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Wednesday, November 1, 2023   /   by Ryan Huemmer

November Home Maintenance Checklist

Replace Floor Protectors - Are expecting holiday guest? Protect your floors with new protectors on tables and chairs.
Examine Sump Pump – Be prepared for higher water tables as the ground freezes.
Remove Window Screens – Wash and remove window screens. Wash and remove screens then store them in a dry area.
Check Fire Extinguishers – Use of a fireplace always increases the risk of a fire. Check all fire extinguishers.
Clean the Dishwasher - Give your dishwasher a well-deserved scrub to remove detergent grime and buildup both inside and out.

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Sunday, October 1, 2023   /   by Ryan Huemmer

October Home Maintenance Checklist

October Home Maintenance Checklist

Leaf Removal And Lawn Prep
Winter is coming, mid-to-late October will be the last mow of the season. You’ll want to help ready your lawn for the long winter ahead with a shorter than normal cut length and removal all leaves.
Change Direction Of Ceiling Fans
Changing your ceiling fan to go clockwise, you can save money on your utility bills. On most fans, allow you to switch the setting between clockwise and counterclockwise.
Clean Out The Fireplace.
Wood-burning fireplaces require a professional chimney sweep annually to inspect and remove creosote inside the chimney. A hires professional can also inspect the outside of the chimney to make sure everything is in good working order.
Store Outdoor Furniture
Your outdoor summer furniture will look much nicer next spring if you take the time to clean them and store them properly over the winter.
Drain Garden Hoses
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