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  • Clean kitchen and bathroom cabinets and throw away outdated food, medicine, and cosmetics.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.

Curb Appeal is What It’s All About


Curb appeal should be important to all homeowners, not just the ones looking to sell their homes. Attractive views from the street can help sell your home as well as extend your property’s value and the neighborhood’s.

 

Curb appeal is described as the visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street. This applies to the exterior of the home as well as the landscaping, outdoor fixtures, sidewalks, and driveway. Check out this selection of Curb Appeal Inspo!


6158 Indian Creek Drive  |  Shady Oaks Golf Course  |  $4,960,000  |  Listed by Lynne Eller & Alann Nolan

6158indiancreek.williamstrew.com


22 Valley Ridge Road  |  Old Westover  |  $3,595,000  |  Listed by Martha Williams & Joseph Berkes
22valleyridge.williamstrew.com

 


43 Valley Ridge Road  |  Westover  |  $3,350,000  |  Listed by Susanna Bartolomei
43valleyridge.williamstrew.com

 


3737 Aviemore Drive  |  Riverhills  |  $2,795,000  |  Listed by Jackie Prowse
3737aviemore.williamstrew.com

 


2617 Colonial Parkway  |  Colonial Country Club  |  $1,898,000  |  Listed by Martha Williams
2617colonial.williamstrew.com

 


1707 Catalina Court  |  Rivercrest Landing  |  $1,875,000  |  Listed by Kris Karr & Kendall Kostohryz
1707catalina.williamstrew.com

 

6837 Lahontan Drive  |  Mira Vista  |  $1,399,000  |  Listed by Kelly McLean
6837lahontan.williamstrew.com

3828 Monticello Drive  |  Monticello  |  $1,279,000  |  Listed by Kelly McLean
3828monticello.williamstrew.com


4333 El Campo Avenue  |  Near Cultural District  |  $420,000  |  Listed by the Phillips Group
4333elcampo.williamstrew.com

 

If you practice regular maintenance on the exterior of your home, it will prevent larger costly repairs in the future.

 

A few simple, cost-effective things you can do to improve your curb appeal:

          • Mow and edge your lawn
          • Weed flower beds
          • Seed you lawn
          • Apply a new layer of mulch
          • Sweep and pressure clean any sidewalks and driveways
          • Replace exterior light bulbs and any broken fixtures
          • Clean windows and any glass panels
          • Pressure wash siding
          • Remove dust and cobwebs from outdoor fixtures.
          • Repaint any chips on your home’ s trim, front door or posts
          • Repair or replace any damaged exterior items as needed

Sparkling Summer Pools


Spring is here but summer is right on its heels. Pools are a dream and these are picture-perfect. Check out the listings below and mentally prepare for the summer sun!


6158 Indian Creek Drive  |  Westover Hills  |  $4,960,000  |  Listed by Lynne Eller & Alann Nolan
6158indiancreek.williamstrew.com

 


43 Valley Ridge Road  |  Westover  |  $3,350,000  |  Listed by Susanna Bartolomei
43valleyridge.williamstrew.com

 


4000 Monticello Drive  |  Monticello  |  $3,250,000  |  Listed by Lynne Eller & Alann Nolan
www.4000monticellodrive.com

 


4404 Ridgehaven Road  |  Near Ridglea Country Club  |  $1,750,000  |  Listed by Spencer Perry
4404ridgehaven.williamstrew.com

 


2205 Hidden Creek Road  |  Westover Hills  |  $1,699,000  |  Listed by Martha Williams & Steve Berry
2205hiddencreek.williamstrew.com

 


304 Crestwood Drive  |  Crestwood  |  $1,650,000  |  Listed by Ida Duwe-Olsen & Ted Olsen
304crestwood.williamstrew.com

 


3828 Monticello Drive  |  Monticello  |  $1,279,900  |  Listed by Kelly McLean
3828monticello.williamstrew.com

 


6620 Wells Burnett Road  |  Eagle Mountain Lake  |  $1,200,000  |  Listed by Rees Atkins & Piper Pardue
6620wellsburnett.williamstrew.com

 


440 Eastwood Avenue  |  Crestwood  |  $1,150,000  |  Listed by Jackie Prowse
440eastwood.williamstrew.com

The Ultimate Home Inspection Checklist


 

Buying a home can be overwhelming, but a home inspection checklist can help you keep track. Thanks to our partners at American Home Shield, from costs to what’s covered, we walk you through a home inspection. 

 

There are a lot of moving parts in the homebuying process, including pre-approvals, loan applications, information gathering, fact-checking, and doc signing. And that’s before you even make an offer. Luckily, there are valuable tools, like a home inspection checklist, to help keep you on track.

 

Once the seller accepts your offer, the property officially goes into escrow and the window for a home inspection opens. But what is a home inspection exactly? It’s a professional evaluation of the property you intend to purchase that is completed by a third party. Assessing the home from a structural and safety standpoint, an inspector helps ensure the house is free of hazards, up to code and a wise investment. But what do home inspectors look for? What happens if problems are identified? Who pays for a home inspection, or repairs for that matter? To point you in the right direction and eliminate uncertainty, let’s take a closer look at what you need to know now and what to do next. 

 

What is a Home Inspection and why is it important?

An inspection offers detailed insight into a home’s current condition. Sometimes it proves a property is in great shape. Other times, a report spotlights issues the seller didn’t even realize existed. From repairs that need to be addressed immediately to maintenance that may be required down the road, identifying problems at this point in the process can be eye-opening for all parties. Home inspections give sellers the chance to fix any issues upfront and affords buyers the opportunity to ask for credits and repairs.

 

Ready to take the next step? Follow this home inspection checklist:

 

Find an Inspector

Your realtor will likely offer a list of professionals he or she trusts and has used in the past, but you are free to choose your own. Remember, licensing is different in every state, so take that into consideration when looking for recommendations.

 

Hire an Inspector

It’s important to reach out and schedule your home inspection as quickly as possible. The more valued the inspector, the more quickly their calendar fills up.

 

Prepare for the Inspection

Home inspection costs average between $350 and $600 depending on your state. Money should also be budgeted to cover additional assessments should the need arise.

Wondering who pays for a home inspection? Traditionally buyers are responsible, though sellers may choose to conduct independent evaluations that they will pay for.

 

What do Home Inspectors look for?

Both homebuyers and sellers can be present for the inspection. The process usually takes a few hours and is an ideal time to ask questions, bring up concerns and take your own photos and notes. Make a detailed list of components and areas to be evaluated, including:

          • Appliances
          • Attic
          • Basement
          • Doors and windows
          • Electrical panel, power outlets, and light switches
          • Exterior paint, siding or stucco
          • Foundation
          • Garage
          • Plumbing faucets, fixtures, and water heater
          • Porches and balconies
          • Rain gutters and downspouts
          • Roof
          • Stairs, steps, and railings
          • Thermostats and heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) system
          • Walkways and driveways
          • Walls, ceilings, and floors

 

It’s important to note that inspectors can only report on physical components they can see. This means they may not catch issues hidden behind walls or beneath the ground, such as in the sewer line, sprinklers, and fireplace.