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When it comes to selling a home, first impressions really count. And with the market growing more competitive, it’s important to have your home in the best condition possible. For people planning to list this spring, I’d recommend you get started now. March will be here before you know it! Take a few minutes this week and walk through your home and make a list of projects that need attention. By making your list now, you can tackle a couple of projects each week, as your schedule allows, and spread out the budget for home improvements a bit. Check out this checklist from TLC of 10 things to do before you list to help you get started.

Luckily, we’re having a fairly mild winter. Take advantage when we have nicer days to get out and tidy up your yard and make exterior touch-ups. If you’ve lived in this area for any time at all, you know that there’s no telling what the weather will bring this spring, so if you can work ahead outdoors on nice winter days, go for it! Here’s a good list from MSN of 10 repairs to make before selling.

Paying attention to details like these can set your home apart from the competition and help you gain the most from your investment. If you would like help deciding where to put your focus before you go on the market, I’m happy to help. You can reach me any time at (913) 980-2434.

Even though we’ve been a little spoiled with warmer-than-normal weather in KC lately, that doesn’t change the fact that winter is right around the corner. In fact, the first day of winter is next Friday, Dec. 21!

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If you’re a homeowner, here are 10 steps you can take to get your home winter-ready.

While this is a busy time of year with the holidays, if you can set aside a little time, you can take advantage of the mild weather and get your home in order before winter weather arrives. Several of these measures will only take a few minutes of your time, and they can help you save money and protect your investment in your home!

Want to spruce up your home before the holidays without spending much time or money? Check out these 10 budget-friendly updates from DIY Network. These easy weekend projects can make a big difference to the feel of your home – and maybe even up its worth!

It’s been a windy week, and for those of you with homes in established neighborhoods with large trees, it’s officially time to break out the rakes and lawn claws! In addition to keeping up with leaf removal, this is also the season to feed and seed your yard.

This year’s drought certainly took its toll on lawns across the metro, but there are steps you can take now to help minimize the damage and prepare your grass for a healthy, green spring.

Your yard is an extension of your home, so I hope some of these fall tips will help you make the most of your investment.

Greetings KC!

Check out these good tips for around your home.  Courtesy of Paul Bianchina w/Inman News.  As always, don’t hesitate to contact us with any real questions.

10 home maintenance tips for spring

When was the last time you checked your foundation vents?

By Paul Bianchina
Inman News®

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The sun is peeking out and the plants are starting to blossom, so it must be about time for spring chores again. Here’s my annual spring checklist of important issues to tend to around the house.

1. Roofing repairs: If you suspect winter storms may have damaged your roof, it needs to be inspected. (If you’re not comfortable with the height or steepness of your roof, hire a licensed roofing contractor for the inspection.) Look for missing or loose shingles, including ridge-cap shingles.

Examine the condition of the flashings around chimneys, flue pipes, vent caps, and anyplace where the roof and walls intersect. Look for overhanging trees that could damage the roof in a wind storm, as well as buildups of leaves and other debris.

If you have roof damage in a number of areas, or if older shingles makes patching impractical, consider having the entire roof redone. Also, remember that if the shingles have been damaged by wind or by impact from falling tree limbs, the damage may be covered by your homeowners insurance.

2. Check gutters and downspouts: Look for areas where the fasteners may have pulled loose, and for any sags in the gutter run. Also, check for water stains that may indicate joints that have worked loose and are leaking. Clean leaves and debris to be ready for spring and summer rains.

3. Fences and gates: Fence posts are especially susceptible to groundwater saturation, and will loosen up and tilt if the soil around them gets soaked too deeply. Check fence posts in various areas by wiggling them to see how solidly embedded they are.

If any are loose, wait until the surrounding soil has dried out, then excavate around the bottom of the posts and pour additional concrete to stabilize them. Replace any posts that have rotted.

4. Clear yard debris: Inspect landscaping for damage, especially trees. If you see any cracked, leaning or otherwise dangerous conditions with any of your trees, have a licensed, insured tree company inspect and trim or remove them as needed.

Clean up leaves, needles, small limbs and other material that has accumulated. Do any spring pruning that’s necessary. Remove and dispose of all dead plant material so it won’t become a fire hazard as it dries.

5. Fans and air conditioners: Clean and check the operation of cooling fans, air conditioners and whole-house fans. Shut the power to the fan, remove the cover and wash with mild soapy water, then clean out dust from inside the fan with a shop vacuum — do not operate the fan with the cover removed.

Check outdoor central air conditioning units for damage or debris buildup, and clean or replace any filters. Check the roof or wall caps where the fan ducts terminate to make sure they are undamaged and well sealed. Check dampers for smooth operation.

6. Check and adjust sprinklers: Run each set of in-ground sprinklers through a cycle, and watch how and where the water is hitting. Adjust or replace any sprinklers that are hitting your siding, washing out loose soil areas, spraying over foundation vents, or in any other way wetting areas on and around your house that shouldn’t be getting wet.

7. Check vent blocks and faucet covers: As soon as you’re comfortable that the danger of winter freezing is over, remove foundation vent blocks or open vent covers to allow air circulation in the crawl space.

While removing the vent covers, check the grade level around the foundation vents. Winter weather can move soil and create buildups or grade problems that will allow groundwater to drain through the vents into the crawl space, so regrade as necessary. Remove outdoor faucet covers. Turn on the water supply to outdoor faucets if it’s been shut off.

8. Prepare yard tools: Replace broken or damaged handles, and clean and condition metal parts. Tighten fittings and fasteners, sharpen cutting tools and mower blades, and service engines and belts in lawn mowers and other power equipment.

9. Change furnace filters: Now is the time to replace furnace filters that have become choked with dust from the winter heating season. This is especially important if you have central air conditioning, or if you utilize your heating system’s fan to circulate air during the summer.

10. Check smoke detectors: Daylight Savings Time snuck up early again this year, and that’s usually the semi-annual reminder to check your smoke alarms. So if you haven’t already done it, now’s the time. Replace the batteries, clean the covers, and test the detector’s operation before it’s too late.

If you have gas-fired appliances in the house, add a carbon monoxide detector as well (or check the operation of your existing one). CO2 detectors are inexpensive and easy to install, and are available at most home centers and other retailers of electrical parts and supplies.

Remodeling and repair questions? Email Paul at [email protected]. All product reviews are based on the author’s actual testing of free review samples provided by the manufacturers.

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