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Make sure your AC is cool

Make sure your AC is cool

Task: Now's your last chance to double-check your air-conditioning unit and make sure it's in good working order before the mercury starts to rise. Shortcuts: Hook up a garden hose and spray the outside of the condenser to remove any dust...

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Wash windows

Wash windows

Task: As your yard takes shape and your gardens come into full bloom, you’ll want to see everything clearly. It's time to wash away winter’s dirt and grime from your windows. Shortcuts: Have a partner clean the outside while you do the inside...

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Repair wood fences and gates

Repair wood fences and gates

Task: Cycles of cold and wet weather cause wood to move, twist, and warp. That can make garden gates fall out of alignment, and can cause fence pickets to loosen or fall off. Check for signs of loose fencing, and fix sagging gates. Shortcuts: A...

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Refrigerators

Refrigerators

The main component of your refrigerator that should get your attention is the door seals. Keeping your door seals tight will reduce the amount of energy it takes to keep your food cool or frozen, but will also keep your refrigerator working...

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Leaky Faucets

Leaky Faucets

The main cause of leaky faucets is worn out washers. The washers inside of the faucet handles are rubber and tend to wear out quickly. Replace them by turning off the main water supply, unscrewing the leaky handle that controls the flow of...

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An easy way to clean stainless steel appliances

An easy way to clean stainless steel appliances

Stainless steel appliances seem to be stained with fingerprints constantly. But to give them a good, clean shine, all you need is a microfiber cloth (or just a soft cloth) and some rubbing alcohol! If you really want to get your stainless steel...

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Clean your sponge

Clean your sponge

Sponges can pick up a lot of bacteria, especially if they’re left in the sink. So you want to make sure you clean it frequently. It’s so easy: just pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds to remove any bacteria! Just wait a minute or two before...

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Do you have a leak?

Do you have a leak?

Check Outside Faucets Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be...

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Dont let this slip through the cracks!

Dont let this slip through the cracks!

Inspect the Concrete Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home's foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits,...

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Fill in low areas in your yard

Fill in low areas in your yard

Use Compacted Soil Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in...

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Examine Roof Shingles

Examine Roof Shingles

Examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start a budget for replacement. The summer sun can really damage roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled...

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Re-seal Your Driveway

Re-seal Your Driveway

Living in the Northeast, I’ve found a short window of time between the winter and summer seasons when the cracks in the driveway haven’t yet sprouted weeds or moss, and the temperatures are ideal both day and night. A sealed driveway not only...

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