We are headed into the last quarter of 2015, and soon the cooler weather will be here. Are you and your home ready for it? Here are a few tips for keeping your home in the best shape possible.
- Clean your Dishwasher Filter - The food particles that cake your plates and utensils don't magically disappear during the wash cycle. Usually these large particles collect in your dishwasher's filter, and are held there until the filter is cleaned. Although your dishwasher filter is often forgotten, ignoring this important component is a bad idea. If not cleaned regularly, the filter can negatively affect your appliance's performance, leaving you with extra scrubbing after the rinse cycle is complete.
- Seal Openings in your Home’s Exterior - According to the National Pest Management Association, rodents will invade 21 million homes this winter. To help bar these pests from your house, use steel wool, caulk, and foam sealant to close any openings in your home's exterior. As a general rule of thumb, if your finger can fit into an opening, then the hole is large enough for a rodent to slip through. Rodents should not be taken lightly. They can carry a number of diseases, and they can cause fires by gnawing through electrical wiring.
- Add a Fire Pit - These yard elements do more than roast hotdogs and cook s'mores. If done correctly, these pits can greatly enhance your yard's functionality and add value to your home. Before having a fire pit installed, check local codes to ensure fire pits are allowed. Some municipalities have special regulations regarding open flames. Also, be sure to locate your fire pit away from overhanging trees or utility lines, and also keep a safe distance from structures. If a gas fire pit is on your wish list, you'll need a plumber to run a gas line.
I hope you found this information interesting and useful. Team Tork is always on the lookout for helpful Information for our clients, and for the community! If you are interested in purchasing or listing a home in the Twin Cities area, please call me, Joey Torkildson, and I will use my knowledge and experience to get you the best deal possible! You can call me directly at (651) 379-4138 or (651) 210-1038. If you prefer, you can send an email to Joey@TeamTorkRealEstate.com. Our website has more educational information. Just go to www.TeamTorkRealEstate.com.