Williams Trew Among HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt Finalists


 

Without even trying, you can easily sabotage an entire day’s to-do list by sitting down with “a little” HGTV, whether broadcast, magazine or social media. So many gorgeous homes, so many exotic locations, so much inspiration!

This year, five homes in North Texas have been chosen as HGTV’s 2021 Ultimate House Hunt finalists. And all five are under the Ebby Halliday Companies umbrella. Coincidence? Hardly. It’s more like … Connections!

Not just any home can be considered for the annual competition. To add an element of exclusivity, HGTV partners with Luxury Portfolio International, and only member-company properties are eligible for consideration.

You see, the Ebby Halliday Companies are a founding member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of 565 vetted firms with 130,000 sales associates able to share listings with prospects around the world. LPI is LeadingRE’s members-only luxury property marketing program. So only the best of the best make the cut (i.e., no chance that a ‘WTF Wednesday’ feature could accidentally be crowned winner).

There are eight categories of listings in the Ultimate House Hunt. The local 2021 finalists are:

  • Downtown Dwellings
    • Downtown Dallas Penthouse Swathed in Luxurious Neutral Tones – listed by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate
  • Outdoor Escapes Category
    • Luxurious Texas Home is an Outdoor Wonderland – listed by Ebby Halliday (Sold)
  • Amazing Kitchens
    • Glam Kitchen Shines With Crystal Pendants – listed by Ebby Halliday (Sold)
  • Curb Appeal
    • Contemporary Curb Appeal With Clean Lines and Trailing Vines – listed by Williams Trew
  • Homes With a History
    • Texas Victorian With a Second-Story Ballroom – listed by Williams Trew

Voting takes place now through August 4, and you can vote daily for your favorites in each of the eight categories. After you vote, be sure to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win $10,000!

If you’d like to say you live in an HGTV Ultimate House Hunt Finalist home, you better hurry. Two listings have already sold since the contest began. But three are still available and waiting to become the winner of your heart!

Having celebrated 75 years of service in 2020 to North Texans and those moving to the region, the Ebby Halliday Companies are No. 1 in Texas by sales volume. The Ebby Halliday Companies were acquired in 2018 by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions in 2020.

The Ebby Halliday Companies’ real estate brands include Williams Trew, Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. Its core-services brands include Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title.

For more information, visit williamstrew.com.

Williams Trew is Fort Worth True!


Williams Trew is Fort Worth’s leading residential real estate brokerage. Our team of highly experienced agents have been representing and living alongside homebuyers and sellers in our community for decades. From its rich cattle trade history to its evolution into the modern west, Fort Worth is a remarkable place to call home and we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Williams Trew is Fort Worth True!

 

The Best & Brightest

Forgive us if we toot our own “horn”ed frog, but Fort Worth is home to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, Texas A&M University School of Law and Tarrant County College District are just a few of the institutions of higher learning that attract the best and brightest faculty and students. You could say great minds think alike. 

How the West Was Won

Fort Worth Stockyards

Relive the heyday of the wild west! Witness a real-life cattle drive. Watch drovers (cattlemen) as they demonstrate grooming and saddling a horse, roping and other horsemanship techniques. History buffs will enjoy the Stockyards Museum with its collection of artifacts, photos and exhibits documenting the importance of the stockyards to Fort Worth and Texas. Finally, be sure to grab some grub at any one of the many authentic Texas barbecue or Tex-Mex restaurants.

Call of the Wild

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is the oldest major botanic garden in Texas. The FWBG is composed of 25 specialty gardens and has long been known for its tropical, rose and Japanese gardens. Be sure to visit the Rose Garden, considered to be the most romantic garden and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Children will love the Native Texas Boardwalk with its 13 educational stations such as hollow log, speaking tubes, and balance beams. The Boardwalk also offers a shaded pathway from the northern gardens to the southern gardens.

The Fort Worth Zoo

The Fort Worth Zoo is home to over 540 species including 148 bird species, 172 ectotherm species, and 72 species of mammals. As part of their  “Wilder Vision,” the zoo has set out to create new habitat space and renovate existing habitats. Habitats include African Savanna, Elephant Springs, Australian Outback, Flamingo Bay, Raptor Canyon and World of Primates to name just a few. 

Culture Club

Fort Worth’s Cultural District includes some of the finest museums in the country – all within a short distance of each other and located just west of downtown.

Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell Art Museum hosts a permanent collection of masterpieces as well as international on-loan and traveling exhibitions. The museum also offers workshops, tours, lectures and happy hours.

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

“The Carter” is a celebration of American creativity. The museum’s mission is to “collect, preserve, and exhibit the finest examples of American art” and it fulfills this mission impeccably with its collection of various artworks, artists and mediums ranging from the eighteenth century to present day. 

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The Modern is the master at showcasing art from the 1940s to the present day. The building itself, the vision of renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando, is a modern work of art with its stunning composition of steel, concrete and glass. Its ever evolving collection invites audiences to experience the “most compelling art and ideas of our time”.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is a member of the Smithsonian Affiliate program and features exhibitions such as the DinoLabs, DinoDig, Innovation Studios, the Children’s Museum, Energy Blast, and the Cattle Raiser’s Museum.

The Sundance Kid

Sundance Square

This downtown district is literally Fort Worth’s entertainment hub. Sundance Square is abuzz with performers, events and concerts year round. As people walk along the plaza, they are met with a seemingly endless number of bars, restaurants and shops to choose from. For a more peaceful experience, visitors can enjoy the iconic Fort Worth Water Gardens with its beautiful pools and waterfalls. If you have the opportunity, see a live performance at the Bass Performance Hall.

Bass Performance Hall

Bass Performance Hall is a premier performing arts venue in North Texas. The lights of Broadway shine just as bright in Fort Worth as Bass Hall hosts Broadway at the Bass. Throughout the season, see such performances as Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, Jesus Christ Superstar and the critically acclaimed Hamilton.

Jubilee Theatre

Celebrating 40 years, The Jubilee Theatre is the original home of African-American theater in North Texas. The Jubilee gives voice to the African-American experience while inviting a diverse audience. Through music and plays, the Jubilee emanates the universal messages that transcend all cultures.

Coyote Drive-In Theatre & Canteen

Located on Panther Island, northwest of Sundance Square, catch a double feature under the stars. Burgers, wings and of course popcorn and candy are available at the Canteen’s covered concession area. The Canteen also serves a wide variety of craft, domestic and imported beers as well as red and white wines. Rain or shine, you won’t be stranded at the drive-in. 

Instagram Worthy

Murals

You don’t need to be a social media influencer to #love the murals that adorn Fort Worth’s building facades. Sprinkled throughout Fort Worth’s many unique neighborhoods, visiting each mural is like a colorful, vibrant scavenger hunt in search of the perfect photo op. 

Local Flavor

Anywhere you visit, when it comes to restaurants, eat where the locals eat. 

Reata Restaurant |  Downtown | Texas cuisine

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse | Downtown | Traditional steakhouse

Wicked Butcher | Downtown | Modern steakhouse

The Woodshed Smokehouse | TCU/Fort Worth Zoo | All things grilled, roasted and slow-cooked

Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant | Stockyards | Mexican cuisine

Ellerbe Fine Foods | Magnolia Village | Fine dining meets farm-to-table

Saint-Emilion Restaurant | Cultural District | Upscale French bistro

Heim Barbecue | Magnolia Village | Farm-to-Smoker Barbecue

Waters Restaurant | Sundance Square | Southwest and Louisiana Seafood

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro | Stockyards | Urban western cuisine

Maria’s Mexican Kitchen | TCU/FW Zoo | Family recipes meet modern culinary techniques

Noteworthy Neighborhoods

Clearfork – Edwards Ranch

Located along Fort Worth’s Chisholm Trail Parkway, this multi-phase, master-planned community will encompass 270 acres of residential, riverfront access, hotel, retail, dining, entertainment, office and green space and hike-and-bike trails. 

Magnolia Village

In 2018, Magnolia Avenue was named one of the “Great Places in America” by the American Planning Association. It’s close proximity to historic neighborhoods and the medical district have made this a desirable, mixed-use neighborhood. Magnolia Village continues to transform as housing options expand, businesses open, and new construction projects are underway.  

South Main Village

It began with the restoration of the Markeen Apartments, but it didn’t stop there. Little by little, Sawyer Grocery, Miller Manufacturing and Supreme Golf buildings experienced their own transformation. Today, South Main Village is home to new residential units, offices, bars and music venues such as Shipping & Receiving. Ongoing construction signals the addition of new mixed-use and residential units as well as the adaptation of existing structures to maintain the charm of this eclectic neighborhood.

West 7th & Montgomery Plaza

West 7th may bridge together downtown and the Cultural District, but it has an identity all its own. West 7th is a five-block, pedestrian-friendly urban village which offers fashion retailers, dining and entertainment venues such as Movie Tavern, an in-theatre dining experience. Montgomery Plaza was once the home of the Montgomery Ward Company and has since been transformed into a new luxury residential community.

 

Williams Trew Opens New Parker County Office


Williams Trew is proud to announce the grand opening of its brand new Parker County Office at 400 Shops Blvd., Suite 200, in Willow Park. The office is set within the premier development in the area, The Shops at Willow Park, offering popular shops, restaurants, multi-family and residential development. Its location is just west of Fort Worth but serves the rapidly growing nine-county area surrounding it.

“This spectacular space will take us well into the future,” says Elizabeth McCoy, Sales Leader of the new location as well as the Camp Bowie and Hulen offices. “For the last 12 months, this office has consistently ranked No. 2 among nearly 1,000 fellow HomeServices of America offices in productivity growth, so the timing for this move is just perfect. Our more than 40 agents are enjoying – and putting to good use – the spacious, modern environment that includes cutting-edge technology, conference rooms, collaboration spaces, a well-equipped kitchen and more.”

While Williams Trew has been serving these areas for years, the office establishes a more regional presence for clients and agents to transact business. “Whether someone is looking for a home with a convenient commute to Fort Worth or Weatherford,” McCoy continues, “or perhaps a commercial building, a recreational property with acreage, or a lake house, the agents in this office are highly experienced with these lines of business and actively living the lifestyles they’re promoting.”

Williams Trew holds significant market share in and around Fort Worth. The appeal of a slower pace of living with a variety of outstanding school districts and proximity to large employers in Fort Worth, make the area especially ideal for its residents.

For more information on the Williams Trew Parker County Office, its sales associates and listings, call 817.441.9070 or visit williamstrew.com.

Williams Trew is a member of the Ebby Halliday Companies, which were acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, in 2018. HomeServices, the No. 1 residential real estate brokerage in America based on transactions in 2020, is known for its integrity, financial strength and operational excellence. The Ebby Halliday Companies’ core-services brands include Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, HSTX Title and Texas Premier Title. For more information, visit williamstrew.com.

Travis Mathews Named VP of Operations


Travis Mathews has been named Vice President of Operations for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Chris Kelly, President and Chief Executive Officer, recently made the announcement.

“Travis joined the Ebby Halliday Companies in 2019 and has adeptly led our growth strategies through acquisitions, franchising and related expansion opportunities, as well as our IT infrastructure and commercial real estate growth, all while skillfully overseeing our consumer-facing technology and the extensive suite of technology tools available to our agents,” says Kelly. “In his new role, Travis will expand upon these functions to oversee finance and accounting, facilities, and our growing property management and Apartments by Ebby divisions.”

Says Mathews, “As Vice President of Operations for the Ebby Halliday Companies, I have the privilege of leading a dynamic team dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our agents and clients. In this role I am also sharply focused on growing the reach of the Ebby brand, in North Texas and beyond.”

Mathews has been in the real estate industry for 18 years, starting as an agent with Briggs Freeman Real Estate in 2004. He joined Allie Beth Allman & Associates in 2008, most recently serving as its Chief Operating Officer. In 2018, Mathews joined the Ebby Halliday Companies’ parent company, HomeServices of America, as Director of Operations, overseeing critical and innovative technology initiatives.

“I am so excited with the direction and growth of the Ebby Halliday Companies and to be a part of the incredible momentum this iconic company is experiencing,” Mathews says. “Our leadership, employees and agents are dedicated to providing our valued clients with a world-class residential real estate experience, day in and day out.”

Mathews graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is married to Brittany Mathews, a real estate agent in Dallas. The couple have two children.

Mathews adds, “I am honored and excited to take on this expanded leadership role with the Ebby Halliday Companies and I am looking forward to building on the extraordinary success and the hard-earned equity of each of our brands.”

Having celebrated 75 years of service in 2020 to North Texans and those moving to the region, the Ebby Halliday Companies are No. 1 in Texas by sales volume. The Ebby Halliday Companies were acquired in 2018 by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions in 2020. The Ebby Halliday Companies’ real estate brands include Williams TrewEbby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. Its core-services brands include Prosperity Home MortgageHome Team InsuranceTexas Premier Title and HSTX Title. For more information, visit williamstrew.com.

Springtime is the Ideal Time


pansies in front of stone home

 

After cooler-than-normal temperatures, it’s welcome news that we’ll be enjoying temperatures in 70s and 80s this weekend in North Texas.

 

And, you can bet that with our spring weather potential buyers will increasingly be out and about discovering homes for sale across the region. Not surprisingly, those with the best “curb appeal” are often the first to sell.

 

Buyers often pass quick judgment on a property based on its drive-up appeal. A small investment in time and money to spruce up your property’s appearance could mean fewer days on the market and a higher sales price.

 

Below are a few areas in particular on which you should focus:

*  For a burst of color, plant spring flowers.

*  Tidy up your gardens.

*  Remove glass from light fixtures around your home’s front door and clean thoroughly.

*  Wash down your front door. If the sun has faded the paint, consider repainting.

*  Clean and polish your front door’s hardware. Replace it if necessary.

*  Check your house numbers. Are they still in good shape and visible from the street? If not, replace them.

*  Wash the windows. If this isn’t your strong suit, hire a professional.

*  Check your roof to make sure no shingles are missing or damaged.

*  Remove debris from your gutters and drain spouts.

*  Clean your patio furniture. You want potential buyers to be able to visualize your outdoor living area’s potential.

 

If you’re considering listing your home, contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about how to prepare it to sell in today’s ultra-competitive market and how Williams Trew will market your home, both locally and globally, to produce the most-favorable results for you. To get started, visit williamstrew.com.

 

Record-Breaking Month Features $1 Billion in Sales


Beautiful home

 

With COVID-19 still wreaking havoc worldwide, July turned out to be a time to shine for clients like never before, and the agents of all three Ebby Halliday Companies brands — Williams Trew, Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate  — did. They helped family, friends, neighbors, past clients and new clients get out of homes that no longer worked for them and into ones that did. In its 75-year history, the Ebby Halliday Companies have not had another month quite like it: 2,000-plus transactions translated to $1 billion in sales volume.

It’s not surprising given the leadership style of the positive, patient, compassionate and strategic President & CEO Chris Kelly. Agents know they have in him a champion for their corner, and have been emboldened to follow his lead.

“Really, really remarkable,” Kelly said, in a recent video call to the entire company. “This just doesn’t happen unless every single one of you are dedicated and getting the job done. Think back to three months ago, and imagine ‘we’re going to have the best month we’ve ever had in our 75-year history during a pandemic …’ It’s just unbelievable. But those transactions did not happen without each and every one of you. So, thank you!”

Not only was it a great month sales-wise, but the Ebby Halliday Companies outperformed the market once again in both New Listings and Pending Sales, according to North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc.

“The past few months have been in overdrive with the North Texas real estate market ‘exploding,’ ” Kelly says. “Our team has risen to the occasion and worked days, nights, weekends and everything in between to serve the needs of our valued clients. I am so proud to lead this extraordinary group of individuals – it’s truly been a team effort.”

Celebrating 75 years of service in 2020 to North Texans and those moving to the region, the Ebby Halliday Companies are No. 1 in Texas by sales volume. The Ebby Halliday Companies were acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions, in 2018. The Ebby Halliday Companies’ core-services brands include Prosperity Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title. For more information, visit williamstrew.com.

Pick the Perfect Paint Color


Photo of 3 paint cans with paintbrush

 

If you’ve ever had to pick a paint color you know this major truth, the options are endless. Choosing the right paint color can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these 10 tips and you’ll have a new sense of confidence next time you’re in the paint aisle.

 

Bring Inspiration: Take along an existing pillow, piece of fabric, or photo of your space. This will help you make more informed decisions.

 

The Right Light: Make sure to view your paint or paint chips in natural light to assure you’re seeing the color correctly. Paint looks different under artificial light, so try holding the chip near a window or painting a sample on your wall first.

 

Take Home Testers: All the major paint retailers sell paint in small, tester sizes. These are perfect to take home and try out before committing to a full gallon of paint. The small amount will provide you with enough paint to give you an idea of what it would really be like to live with the color.

 

Try Multiple Shades: If you’re having trouble choosing, buy multiple testers and paint side-by-side squares on your walls. Live with them for a few days so you get the chance to see how the colors look morning, noon, and night. Make sure to mark them with identifiers so you’ll remember which one you liked best.

 

Choose Your Drama: Look to the color wheel for inspiration. Colors close together will make a room calm while those farther apart add drama.

 

Do What You Love: Start with a color you love, even if it’s not popular at the moment. Doing this will assure you’ll love the color for years to come. Just remember, your favorite color comes in a range of hues.

 

Lighten Up: If you’re afraid a hue may be too dark, ask the mixer to do a 50 percent tint of the color to lighten it up. Custom colors can also give a room a designer look, but make sure to jot down the specifics of your color for future touch-ups.

 

Room to Room: If you have rooms that are open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, which will make the spaces feel chopped up and small.

 

Go Bold: Small rooms that are visited more rarely, like a library or half-bath, can be done in stronger colors that make a statement.

 

Spraying vs. Rolling: Rolling may be the most popular choice, but it’s also the most time consuming and requires touch ups more often. On the other hand, spraying results in a more high-end, professional look that also cuts painting time in half. You can rent high-volume, low-pressure sprayers at most home-improvement stores. With both options make sure you properly cover the areas you don’t want painted.

Global Reach with a Human Touch


 

Being part of the global economy goes far beyond technology; it requires the human touch. Williams Trew and our professional residential real estate agents are proud to belong to the global network whose name says it all — Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Only the best of the best are part of this collection. Wherever you go, the LeadingRE logo is a symbol of the finest local real estate professionals.

 

“When you choose Williams Trew to represent your property, you’ll benefit from a local team of experts with unmatched global reach working on your behalf,” says Elizabeth McCoy, market area sales leader for Williams Trew. “In addition to the very strong local marketing for which Williams Trew has long been known, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World provides unmatched global marketing and resources, allowing us to provide the very best service to you.”

 

The result? The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network produced more than $257 billion in home sales last year, representing over 1.1 million transactions.

 

By tapping into the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network of 135,000 talented sales associates around the world, Williams Trew agents expose homes they represent to buyers on six continents, ensuring there are more eyes on every property. In addition, Williams Trew receives inbound clients from other affiliates around the globe who are interested in purchasing a home in North Texas.

 

“At Williams Trew, we understand the importance of global reach with a human touch when marketing our properties and delivering the highest level of service to our clients,” McCoy says. “If you’re considering listing your home for sale, you’ll find just the right agent — with just the right connections — at williamstrew.com.

 

PHOTO:  The four-bedroom home at 3716 Lenox Drive in the Monticello neighborhood is offered by Joseph Berkes for $735,000.

13 Ways to Add Value to Your Home


Whether you’re selling now, planning to sell in the future, or just want peace of mind, there are always steps you can take to increase the value of your home. Here is a list of items that will attract buyers and make the place you call home even more special.

Home Office – The growth of technology has made it possible for people to work from their homes more often. By updating your current home office or designating a space to create one, you show your home’s full potential.

 

A Master-Suite – A master bedroom with its own bathroom is an expected amenity. If you don’t have one, try to find the budget (and space) to create one, focusing on amplifying storage space.

 

Family/Entertainment Room – Everyone needs a comfortable, open space to fill with family and friends. Entertainments rooms can be anything from a home theatre, a game room, a rock climbing wall, anything that can entertain anyone, anytime. Just make sure your room looks and feels inviting, and filled with plenty of natural light. Also, a fireplace is always a plus.

 

The Kitchen – The kitchen can either make or break your home. Staying reasonable with materials and design, from subtle upgrades to drastic changes, you can almost always guarantee your money back on a remodel. 

 

Bathrooms – Have you ever heard of a home having too many bathrooms? How about too few? If your home has fewer bathrooms than bedrooms, it’s time to think about adding another full or half-bath. Additionally, if your current bathroom has seen better days, consider an update that’s simple and clean.

 

Windows – Did you know, on average, 30 percent of your home’s energy is lost through its windows? If your windows are in bad shape or you’re looking to impress buyers, upgrading to energy-efficient windows will not only save time and money for you, but also for your buyer.

 

Basement or Subterranean Levels – Though it’s not the most common feature in D-FW, a subterranean level can add major value to your home. If the ceilings aren’t too low, a subterranean level is an ideal space for an office, playroom, or media room.

 

Paint – A few coats of paint is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to update your home. If you’re selling, keep things light and neutral so that buyers can easily imagine their things in your space.

 

Flexibility – Your house is yours to make your own. If you think you may sell in the future, try not to over customize. Buyers need to be able to see themselves and their things working in your home, so try not to pigeonhole your spaces.

 

Deck/Patio – These days, outdoor space is at a premium. On average, the edition of a deck provides a whopping 76% return on investment. Typically, they’re not too expensive to build and create an entirely new living space.   

 

Exteriors – Though we’ve been told to do otherwise, people do judge homes based on curb appeal and first impressions. Put the best foot forward by sprucing up your home’s landscaping, exterior paint, siding, and garage doors.

 

Landscaping – An overgrown and poorly maintained yard isn’t appealing to anyone. Liven it up with some color, height and possibly a designated seating and/or entertaining area. 

 

Trees – Trees don’t ask for much — dirt, water, sunlight. Yet they provide many benefits for you and your home: They add beauty and value to your property, cut your energy bills with the shade they provide, provide a home to wildlife, and improve the air you breathe. To get the full benefits from your trees, choose the right one and plant it in the right location. Planting a tree that sheds its leaves annually on the west side of your house provides cooling shade in the summer. In winter, after it loses its leaves, the same tree will let in sunlight that cuts heating bills. 

Spring Home Maintenance Check List


There is Spring Cleaning but there is also Spring Maintenance and it’s never too early to get your home ready for the next season. We’re sharing with you a checklist of outdoor and indoor tasks to get your home ready for the spring, specifically for its characteristic windy and rainy days. By checking off this list, originally posted by Lowes, you’ll have your home freshened up and prepared for the months ahead!

Outdoor Tasks:

  • Clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Inspect roof and chimney for cracks and damage.
  • Touch up peeling or damaged paint. Watch our video for ideas on troubleshooting exterior paint problems.
  • Wash all windows, inside and out.
  • Install screens on windows and doors.
  • Clean outdoor furniture and air out cushions.
  • Service your lawnmower.
  • Fertilize your lawn.

 

Indoor Tasks:

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you set clocks forward.
  • If your basement has a sump pump, test it by dumping a large bucket of water into the basin of the sump pump. This should activate the sump pump. If it does not switch on or if it’s not pumping water, it may need to be serviced by a professional. Also, check for and remove any debris and make sure there are no leaks.
  • Wash and change seasonal bedding.
  • Dust blinds and vacuum curtains throughout your house.
  • Clean kitchen and bathroom cabinets and throw away outdated food, medicine, and cosmetics.

For spring cleaning tips, check out this Spring Cleaning article.