Annual Healthy Home Checks

Dated: August 18 2021

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There are some things you can do when it comes to the health of your home.  Just as we are preached to eat healthy and take our vitamins, its equally as important to think about the health of our home.  Here are some seasonal tips to keep your home healthy.

Fall/Winter

Smoke and CO Detectors: Check to ensure all smoke and CO detectors are in working order before the cold months.

Furnance Maintenance Check: It is good to make sure you are replacing your furnance filter alteast once a month or every few months.  It is good if you have a maintenence plan to have it checked annually prior to cold months.

Remove Hoses: Shut off exterior water, remove hoses, & get rid of water inside spigot.  

Pest Control: Check for infestations or entry points.  Clean up tempting food or shelter.  

Fire Extinguisher: Visually inspect.  Check expiration date & pressurization.  If you do not have one, check with your local fire department to find out how to get one.

Test GFCI Outlets: Push TEST button.  Power should turn off to circuit or RESET button pop out.  

Dryer Vent: Do your checks to make sure venting properly and clean to ensure no fire hazard.

Clean & Re-Caulk: Winter is a great time to remove moldy or cracked caulk around tubs, toilets and sinks.

Clean Stove: Wipe of grease/spills on all sides & surfaces.  Clean range hood filter.

Clean Vents: Vaccum and wipe down HVAC vents and registers.

Spring/Summer

Air Conditioner:  Clean air conditioner filter and make sure it is working prior to hot summer months.

Test Sump Pump: Ensure pump runs properly & drainage is routed correctly.

Spring Clean: Damp dust & mop.  Clean out window frames & window wells.  Declutter.  Clean all your fans with a damp cloth to wipe off dust without getting into the air this includes bathroom and portable fans.

Clean Gutters: Remove clogs or debris.  Hire a professional if needed for safety.  

Emergency Plans: Prepare or restock a disaster bag with food, water, medications, flashlight, cash, & important information.  Create & practice emergency plans everyone can follow.

Clear Foundation: Remove weeds & dead plants.  Check for cracks & repair if needed.  Direct rain water away.

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Lisa Stroud

Lisa Stroud is a Licensed Realtor with JP Willman Realty Twin Cities. Specializing in buying, selling and investment of residential real estate properties. When you work with Lisa, you will find tha....

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