If you haven't yet taken the time to check out House Logic you should. It is a wealth of information. From how to better your home, take advantage of tax credits or strengthen your commumity, it is a site worth visiting. Check out the seasonal maintenance guide for the upcoming season.
.. review the Cost vs Value report in your region by Remodeling Magazine. It will give you an idea of the cost you will recoup on a given project. Bottom line is, consider how long you will be in the property before doing any major project.
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the house. “Latex paint performs best when the temperature at the time
of application is 50 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit,” says Mark Schulte,
director of membership and education for the Paint & Decorating
Retailers Association, in St. Peters, Missouri. Under direct sunlight
and scorching summer heat, “paint may lose adhesion, bubble, and peel.”
Examine outdoor play equipment. Pieces made of wood, in particular, can get damaged during the winter. Cut or sand
any splinters, and look for rotting at the base, which could weaken the structure.
for poison ivy. This bothersome plant starts sprouting in the spring.
And ecologists say that it’s reproducing more rapidly than ever, due to
increased carbon dioxide and global warming.
pests at bay. You want to enjoy the warmer weather by opening the
windows but don’t want to let in flies and mosquitoes. Starting now,
hose down garbage cans once a week and dump and refill anything like a
bird bath, with standing water.
Schedule your annual chimney inspection. It will be more difficult & expensive to book an appointment in the fall.