May 20, 2009

April (and May) Showers Bring May WEEDS!!!! Finally, my dry creek bed is dry and the weeds have been pulled! Maybe now I can enjoy my gardens. Let me know if you are in the area. I'd love to share a relaxing moment with you! But, that reminds me of several things yet to do. Just some things for you current homeowners, or soon-to-be homeowners to think about to ensure to get the most out of your investment when the time comes (and hopefully you'll think to call me!) Preventive maintenance is crucial to the value of your home. Don't let problems around the house turn in to money drains!

Divert water. Clean gutters and make sure water from downspouts is flowing at least 2 to 2 1/2 feet from the foundation.

Retain the roof. After the next rain check for wet spots on the ceiling or check rafters in attic for water stains.

Check your paint job. The worst thing is to leave wood exposed. This will lead to wood rot and a whole host of problems.

Cut shrubs and trees. Keep them away from the house to prevent moisture and mildew. Get rid of out of control vines. They can crack siding and mortar allowing moisture to penetrate.

Windows and doors. May sure all windows and doors have a good seal and check for leaks and drafts. Look for chipping or peeling paint which could indicate a moisture problem.

Check the plumbing. Except for the coffee maker, nothing should be dripping in or around the home!

These are just a few tips on maintaining your home. As always, if you have questions of whom to call, call me! I'll be happy to refer you to reputable service providers!

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