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Tuesday, June 1, 2021   /   by Ryan Huemmer

June Home Maintenance Checklist

Check Your Refrigerator
Clean the inside, outside and behind. Replace the water filter and inspect the ice maker. Also make sure you wash and repair the door gaskets to ensure highest efficiency. Apply a light coat of petroleum jelly to the top and front of the gasket to keep a tight seal.
Check And Repair Window Screens
Expect insects in the summer season.  Even a small hole or rip could be a welcome sign for bugs to enter your home. For small holes, repair tape works. If the damage is bad enough, you may have to replace the entire screen. Typically your local hardware store can handle that.
Give Your Home A Good Dusting
That dust and microscopic mites gathered during the winter months, can now be pushed through your home when the windows and doors are open. Give your home a good dusting. Wipe down furniture, baseboards, doors, window sills, cabinets, appliances, walls and ceiling fans.
Clean Dryer Vent
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Monday, May 3, 2021   /   by Amber Huemmer

May Home Maintenance Checklist

Feed Your Lawn
Most important thing you can do for your lawn, is to fertilize it. A well-fed lawn is healthier, which means it has a better root system to combat stresses such as heat, cold, drought, mowing, foot traffic, and other.  Your lawn wakes up hungry in the spring! Fertilizing it strengthens roots, kills weeds and gets it off to a good start for the new year.
Mulch Flower Beds and Base of Trees
Mulching has many benefits for your flower beds and at the base of trees. Improving the health, reducing the amount of weeds growing there and increasing the water retention of the soil. It can help save you time on those important gardening tasks of weeding, watering, and pest control.
Wash and Maintain Windows
Washing windows protects indoor air quality, lets more light in and allows for a visual inspection on the glass, seal & weather-stripping. Regular window maintenance will help avoid costly repairs, preserve energy efficiency, maintain functionality and increase t ...

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Thursday, April 1, 2021   /   by Ryan Huemmer

April Home Maintenance Checklist

Fill holes in lawn and plant grass seed
Get a bag or two of clean dirt and some lawn seed. You can use a shovel or rake but most of this can be done by hand. Fill any low spots or holes with dirt then sprinkle some seed over the top. Consider adding some dirt over the top to prevent the seed from blowing away and water slightly to dampen the area.
Tune up lawn mower
Typically cost around $100 when done by a professional. New plugs, air filter, oil change and sharpen the blade. Regular mower maintenance ensures a longer life.
Pest Control Prevention
April means that the bugs are back. Spraying plants and trees will prevent invasive insects. 
Change HVAC Filter
Changing your HVAC filter before using your air conditioning is important. Using a dirty filter can cause increased energy cost. Plus a clean filter better filters pollen, pet dander, small particles and dust that you breathe. 
Clean and Repair Gutters and Downspouts
Cleaning and repairing gutters and downspou ...

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Monday, March 1, 2021   /   by Ryan Huemmer

March Home Maintenance Checklist

March home maintenance is about the changing season.
Inspect Roof & Gutter
Once everything has melted, examine gutters to make sure they're free of debris. Once it is warm and dry enough, do the same on your home's roof and examine for possible problem areas.
Bye Snow Blower and Hello Lawnmower
Drain your fuel in your snow blower. Get your lawnmower tuned up before the spring rush.
Inspect Windows and Doors
View windows for cracks and broken seals. Inspect screens for holes and tears. Check hinges and seals on all doors for gaps and air intrusion.

Exterior Walkway and Driveway
Concrete and asphalt walkways and driveways are tested by the weather every winter. Consider resealing asphalt and caulk or replace cracks in concrete.

Clean Your Garage
Empty your garage. Remove dirt, water and salt off your garage floor.  Wipe and rise your garage door’s weather-stripping. Examine storage area for evidence of rodents. Throw away anything you are not using.
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Monday, February 1, 2021   /   by Ryan Huemmer

February Home Maintenance Checklist

How to clean shower heads and faucet tops. First pour about one cup of distilled white vinegar into a large plastic bag. Place the bag filled with vinegar over your shower head or faucet top so it is submerged in the liquid. Use a zip tie or tape to secure the bag in place. Make sure the entire shower head or faucet top is submerged. Soak for 30-60 minutes and rinse when completed.
 
Move and clean behind the refrigerator and range. Often neglected and out of sight, right? Dust, mold, food and pests can easily make your kitchen unhealthy. It’s best to use an appliance slider when moving your appliances to prevent scratches, rips or dents on your flooring. Be sure to unplug the appliance when doing your actual cleaning. Sweep the floor, wipe the walls and side of cabinets, clean any dust or grease built-up on the back of the appliance and inspect the area for any damages.
 
Cleaning blinds and fans. Blinds come in a variety of forms, horizontal or vertical blinds ...

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