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Home maintenance checklist for spring

Home maintenance checklist for spring

Keeping up with routine home maintenance can be challenging, both in terms of time and money. Whether you intend to stay in your house for years to come or sell it soon, deferred maintenance – upkeep and repairs left unattended until they become critical – will always cost you more in the long run.

Following is a list of suggested tasks for Spring that will help you stay ahead of the game.   Special thanks to Amy Ecklund, of AmyWorks for this helpful list.

¨ Fertilize the lawn.

¨ Service the heating and cooling systems.

¨ Inspect foundation, basement, or crawl space for cracks and water damage.

¨ Clean gutters & downspouts; ensure that water drains away from the house.

¨ Check roof for damaged shingles. Trim branches that extend over the roof.

¨ Inspect all electrical cords, wall plates and outlets for damage and wear.

¨ Check alarm systems to ensure they are functioning. Replace batteries.

 Best Places to Buy New Appliances

Are new appliances on your wish list? A recent study by Consumer Reports determined the top-rated stores for small and major appliances. Here are the top 4 in our area, for each category.

Best Prices:, Costco, Kohl’s, Sam’s Club

Best Overall for Major Appliances: Lowe’s, Home Depot, Sears, Best Buy

Best Overall for Small Appliances: Amazon, Costco, Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond