Spring 2015

Is it spring yet?? If you’re anything like me, you don’t mind a little cold but when it starts to hit minus double digit cold, over and over again, your smile turns into a frozen frown! But, I am an optimist and I’m pretty sure better days are ahead very soon. And when they arrive, I will do what I do every spring, and that is take an afternoon and walk around the house with my checklist. These past couple of winters have done a number on our houses, from the eavestroughs down to the deck. Finding and repairing small issues early can save you a lot of money in the future. Necessary exterior repairs, if left for too long,  can lead to interior repairs. So here are a few things that I look for:  cracks in the caulking, cracked or peeling paint, cracks in concrete sills, condition of the deck ( check the finish, and, see if wood rot has set in anywhere),  check the foundation (water should always  flow  away from the house),  cracks in the brick or walls,  and of course, check the roof (I recommend a professional for this). There are many things you can add to the list depending on the style of house you own. So, if you want to save some money, do what I do,  take a pad and paper (or your smartphone!), and jot down areas of concern. If you’re not sure who to call to quote on the repairs, I know some very trustworthy professionals. For any caulking or finish related areas, I’m your guy!

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