Have you heard the rumor? Spring is here!

Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster Manassas

Have you heard the rumor?  Spring is here!

The snow has finally melted, the weather is getting warmer, and the days are getting longer.  Pretty soon, we'll be complaining about the heat.  Now is the perfect time to complete several spring home maintenance activities.  Here's a list of suggested home checks for these warmer weekends.spring home

Check gutters.  Check for loose gutters and clean out the winter debris.

Check your home's foundation.  Check around the house for low areas that could prevent water from draining away from the house.  Build up these low areas to make sure water flows away from the house and not into it.

Check windows, doors, railings, decks.  Repair any damage, recaulk and add weather stripping as necessary.  Repaint and restain worn surfaces.

Check the roof.  Look for broken shingles or other damage.  Check the flashing for leaks.

Check the chimney.  Look for cracks or damage.  Have your chimney cleaned now so it's ready for next winter.

Check outside faucets.  Turn the outside water on.  Check for pipe damage by trying to block the water flow by holding two fingers over the faucet.  If you can stop the water flow, you may want to have the pipes checked for breaks.

Get your air conditioning unit checked.  It's time to have a professional come out and inspect your unit so it's ready for the hot summer months ahead.

Check your lawn equipment.  Make sure lawn mowers are in good working order and sharpened.  Lawn mowing season is just around the corner.

Wash windows.  The sun is shining, the days are brighter.  This is the perfect time to wash windows inside and out so you can really enjoy the extra daylight.

Check walks and driveways.  Look for cracks or damage.  Reseal and repair as necessary.

Check the outside dryer vent.  Make sure the outside dryer vent is clear of built-up lint or other obstructions.


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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Good checkist Pat! Unfortunately it's still too soon here to leave a hose attached to our frost-free spigots, but it won't be long now. Thank goodness my husband has been tending to all those outdoor chores - now all I need to do is take a day to do all the windows. (Maybe I could hire someone...)

Apr 05, 2014 07:13 AM #1
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

You know the gutters really need attention at my house. Also I do the window washing. I really like that. That's important to me. Great post. Good to see you back. 

If you have any questions about the way things work on AR, I'm just a phone call or email away. 

Apr 05, 2014 04:06 PM #2
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Great post, Pat.  Home owners in Bristow and Gainesville will find this very useful.

Apr 07, 2014 07:55 AM #3
Pat McCormick
Long and Foster Manassas - Manassas, VA

Marte - I think it has finally quit snowing here, and flowers are beginning to bloom.  Yes, spring is definitely here.  Now, I only have to follow my own advice.

Debbie - My gutters need cleaning, too.  That's why they're getting gutter guards today or tomorrow.

Chris Ann - I certainly hope so.

Apr 08, 2014 02:38 AM #4
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

These are all great tips....I am heading back outside to the nearly 70 degree temp to get some more yard work done.

Apr 09, 2014 06:33 AM #5
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Wonderful tips Pat, and in fact, we are having our gutters done tomorrow and we think we might need a new roof-tomorrow it will be 65 in New York!

Apr 09, 2014 12:04 PM #6
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


From many of the blogs I have read it sounds like everyone has Spring fever! I hope you have a great week!

Apr 09, 2014 12:04 PM #7
John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

Pat  I liked the last one about checking the dryer vent.  That one is probably the most overlooked.  Enjoy your day!

Apr 10, 2014 12:05 AM #8
Pat McCormick
Long and Foster Manassas - Manassas, VA

Ron - Enjoy.

Joanna - My roof and gutters were finished on Wednesday.  Hopefully, I won't have any problems for a while.

Yolanda - I've been ready for spring since early March.  This has been a long winter.

John - Thanks!


Apr 11, 2014 12:03 AM #9
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Excellent tips Pat.  I just had bids for a new driveway on the rental I manage.  Hired someone yesterday.

Apr 11, 2014 01:09 AM #10
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Pat~ with spring here, your advice is on the mark and is the perfect check list... *suggested* 

Apr 13, 2014 12:38 AM #11
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

All good tips, Pat. Seems like we always forget those gutters. Have a great Sunday.

Apr 13, 2014 01:37 AM #12
Pat McCormick
Long and Foster Manassas - Manassas, VA

Roger - Good luck with the driveway.  Mine should probably be sealed this year.

Jon - Thanks!

Toni - Gutters and dryer vents are easy to forget.


Apr 15, 2014 04:31 AM #13
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

And tonight, check your outdoor hose bib to make sure it is cut off for the promised evening freeze!

Apr 15, 2014 05:00 AM #14
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, KW Capital Properties - Bethesda, MD
REALTOR and Productivity Coach

This is a great list for everyone. I'm printing it for my husband now :)

Apr 18, 2014 06:29 AM #15
Pat McCormick
Long and Foster Manassas - Manassas, VA

Patricia - It is still early, after all.

Dana - I hope he likes to do that sort of work.  Otherwise, I have no idea where you got that list!


Apr 19, 2014 02:21 AM #16
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