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Spring Maintenance Tips to Protect Your Home’s Value

January 16, 2015 1:58 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If the thought of spring cleaning makes you long for winter, it’s time to think about these annual chores in a new way. By dedicating just a few days to complete these simple tasks, you will keep your home running smoothly and protect your investment at the same time.

Inside Your Home

  • As the weather gets warmer it’s important to ensure your windows are in good working condition. Inspect all windows for proper operation and a tight fit. Clean the window tracks and check that the weatherstripping hasn’t cracked or torn. Preventing unwanted outside air from leaking into your home also will reduce your energy bills.
  • Remember, open windows can be hazardous, especially to young children. Screens are designed to keep insects from getting into a home; not to prevent a child from falling. Parents need to take action to lessen the potential risks of accidental falls from windows.
  • Have your air conditioning system inspected and cleaned. If your system has a filter, replace it every three months to keep your unit working efficiently.
  • Warmer weather also means that pests – including ants, roaches, rats, and termites – will be looking to join your household. Keep them out by sealing cracks and openings along baseboards, behind sinks, and around pipes and windows. And, repair holes in door and window screens.

Outside Your Home

  • Check the condition of glazing compound, caulking and exterior paint. Replace or paint as needed.
  • Exchange glass and screens in storm doors and/or windows. Ensure the screens are clean by washing gently with soapy water. Inspect your roof for snow damage.
  • To prevent outside pests from entering your home, look for cracks and holes on the outside of your home and seal them up.  Be sure to include points where utility lines enter the house.  Also address damage to the basement foundation and windows.
  • Check for evidence of termites such as sagging floors and ceilings or dry, brown tunnels in the ground near the home’s foundation.
  • Seed and feed the lawn and plant annuals, cut back perennials that need pre-growth pruning.
  • Clean your gutters of debris. Yes, you have to do this in the fall and the spring. Long winters bring a mix of storms and heavy winds that can carry a lot of debris to your gutters.

Remember, focusing on these small jobs now will save you time and money in the future. For more information about home maintenance, contact us at www.collinsdesignbuild.com

 

Chad D Collins 2014 NAHB Certified Green Home Professional of the Year (3) Chad D. Collins, Accredited Master Builder

An area native, NC Licensed General Contractor, National Association of Home Builders Master Certified Green ProfessionalTM, and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, Chad is one of less than 50 Accredited Master Builders in the state. He achieved this professional designations after years of experience and numerous hours of coursework via the NC Builder Institute. Chad has been an active member of the building industry since the early 1990’s. He joined the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties in 2005. Chad was soon named HBA Recruiter of the Year and he subsequently chaired various HBA committees. Chad is a Licensed Home Inspector, as well as, a Licensed Lead Abatement professional.

In addition to industry awards in recognition of excellence in home building and remodeling, Collins Design-Build has twice been named Building Company of the Year via the HBA’s Triangle Sales and Marketing Council MAME (Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence) Awards. The company has also received a Best Green Built Home STARS Award from the NCHBA. Currently, Chad serves as 1st Vice President of the HBADOC, and recently completed one of Durham’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) residential projects. LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, projects must satisfy pre-requisites and earn points to achieve various levels of achievement.

In 2014 Chad was selected as the HBADOC 2014 Builder of the Year and recently honored at The International Builders Show in Las Vegas as the NAHB’s Certified Green Home Professional of the Year.

Contact Chad at 919-422-2818 or via email chad@collinsdesignbuild.com

To learn about homeownership opportunities, contact Emilee at emilee@collinsdesignbuild.com

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