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March is a crazy, unpredictable month.  This morning I saw some folks ice fishing on Georgian Bay.  On the ice.  Fishing.  Then, this afternoon as I walked across the lawn I noticed flower and leaf buds showing signs of life!

This means that it’s almost time to remove the burlap sacks from the garden trees and shrubs.  It’s time to prune the branches that didn’t survive the winter to make way for new growth.  It’s time to cut back your perennials and dig up any annuals that you might have missed last fall.  Do you need to thin out some overcrowded beds or to transplant to fill in some bare spots? Do you have a green thumb?  I kind of don’t.  But, it is clean up season!  It’s not something that you have to do.  You’re a homeowner.  It’s something that you GET to do!

I’m handier with a hammer, power tools and a paint brush than anyone really ever thought possible though.  So, I’ll leave the landscaping blogs to the pros and suggest that if you haven’t already instituted quarterly home/yard maintenance checks and repairs, now would be a great time to start – and I’ma help you out with a short check list! This will reduce (and possibly prevent) the costs of large repairs in the long run. Since the winter season can wreak some havoc upon your abode, spring is a good time of year to assess any damage. Here are some tips:

  • Perform a roof inspection. Missing or peeling and damaged shingles should be replaced. Look for mold. Check the flashing around your chimney, skylight, etc.
  • Remove leaves, twigs and other debris from eves troughs. Flush out clogs and ensure that water is draining at least three feet away from the foundation.
  • Check the foundation for cracks. Horizontal cracks could be indicative of poor structural integrity. Even seemingly small fractures can allow water into your home. Consult with a professional if you see cracks or detect water or moisture in/on walls and/or floors.
  • If you have central air conditioning, consult your owner’s manual for instructions on how to clean, change the filter(s), and how to ensure it is supplied with refrigerant. For window AC units, replace the filter monthly when in use. Check the placement and security of window units – look for leaks, cracks, and evidence of water around the unit and around the mount. Leaks and cracks around the unit will lead to higher heating and cooling costs.
  • Check outdoor wooden structures for peeling paint or sealants and check posts at ground level. Fences and decks that are exposed to the elements will rot if not properly painted and sealed. Rot will weaken posts and planks and this could be dangerous, expensive to rebuild and rotting deck wood in particular could damage the structural integrity of the home. Rotting fences could damage your landscaping and neighbouring properties.
  • Clean refrigerator coils and dryer vents annually to ensure large appliances are running efficiently.
  • Check around all windows and doors for leaks. Apply weather stripping or caulking or replace when necessary.
  • Repair cracked grout between tiles in your bathroom and kitchen with silicone caulking. Water can do a lot of damage behind walls and beneath flooring in a very short amount of time. I found out the hard way. That’s another, intense story! Molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions.
  • Check the working condition of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as your fire extinguisher. Also clean the filters in your kitchen exhaust hood.
  • If you’re on a well, have the water quality tested for bacteria and other contaminants.
  • Clean kitchen sink disposal.
  • Test your garage door auto-reverse feature.
  • Warm weather brings black flies and mosquitoes, ants and arachnids.  Repair or replace damaged window screens.
  • Inspect plumbing for leaks and clean aerators in faucets.
  • Clean the garage!

Happy cleanup!

Roy Perreault

Operations Manager

The Mortgage Centre – Your Money Matters.

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