Tip of the Week
Thereís no better time than now to give your home the attention it deserves, giving it an annual checkup before cold weather arrives to help add comfort, save energy and cut home maintenance in the long-run. When inspecting your homeís windows and doors, hereís what to check:
* Interior and exterior finishes - Flaking or peeling may mean that itís time to refinish or replace.
* Look for damaged exterior surfaces or signs of leaks - Cracked or deteriorated wood may be a sign of water penetration.
* If you spot a problem, track its trail - With a leaky roof, water may run down inside the wall and appear at the window.
* Clear window sills and tracks of dirt and debris.
* Open and close - Make sure moving parts on windows and doors are working.
* Inspect weatherstripping.
* Replace or repair broken locks.
* Inspect weep and breather holes.
* Check exterior sealants and caulk on and around windows and doors - Pay attention to areas susceptible to rain, water and extreme sunlight.
* Feel for signs of air leakage around windows or doors.
Keep it cool
Make sure potential buyers are comfortable when touring the house. In the hot summer months, make sure to turn on the air conditioner well in advance of a visit, giving the house plenty of time to reach a comfortable temperature.
Did You Know
In coastal locations, exterior metal surfaces like aluminum trim or cladding should be rinsed three or four times a year to minimizing corrosion from salt spray or fog.
Make it one
To make a room seem larger, paint it in the same color as an adjacent room. This works particularly well for adjoining areas like kitchens and dining rooms, where the seamless look can give the feel of a large, airy space.
Cleaning clay pots
If a quick scrubbing with a brush isnít enough to get rid of whitish residue on your clay gardening pots, try soaking them in a mixture of one part 5-percent acidity vinegar and four parts water. Finish with a soaking in plain water as a rinse.
Home Help: The season for a home checkup
Tip of the Week