Now is a great time to prepare you home for Spring. Here are a few general home maintenance tips to consider this time of year.

Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and filter.

Replace the furnace filter. It may be especially filthy after the winter months.

Inspect the roof for water damage. It's also a good idea to check any fences, carports, and sheds. Tip: Check the south end of your roof first; it's the first to show wear.

Test the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Clear the gutters of any buildup to allow for proper functioning. 

Start the grass revival cycle by aerating, thatching, and fertilizing. 

Be sure no inside or outside vents are blocked by fallen debris.

Clean the windows and screens. Repair any holes in screens or replace them if needed. 

Inspect and repair siding and peeling paint. Fix or replace damaged siding. Strip peeling paint and replace it with a new coat. 

Check basement for water damage. Pay attention to musty smells, water stain, and damp surfaces. 

Invest in a carbon-monoxide detector; every home should have at least one.

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