Spring Maintenance Tasks for Your Home

The seasons are changing, and hopefully the cold grip of Winter will loosen it's grasp soon in Northeast Ohio, or whichever corner of the world you reside in.  It's time for Spring cleaning finally.  But let's not forget about house maintenance as well.  If the last time your home systems were checked was during your home inspection, then it might be time to check these things again.

It's better to be proactive when it comes to your home maintenance than reactive.  You might be able to catch any issues before they become bigger problems, saving you time and money in the end.  As the old saying goes,

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Here are some things that you should inspect on your home this Spring.


Check the roof. 
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Do a visual inspection of your roof to see if there are any missing or damaged shingles. Damage might be a shingle that is curling or loose, looks bent, or is blistering. Also, check for raised nails and hammer them back down.  Replace any shingles that need to be replaced or call a roofer if you can't do it yourself.

Check the gutters. 
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Gutters are an important part of your home. Their primary function is to remove water away from your roof and the foundation of your home. Be sure to clean out the gutters to make sure there are no leaves or other debris that can cause water to get backed up.  Also, check your gutters for any cracks, holes or corrosion. Being proactive with your gutters can help prevent future water damage to your roof and home.

Check the outside faucets.
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In the Fall, you should have disconnected any hoses, closed the inside shut-off valve and drained the faucet for any outside faucets. When you turn the faucet on the first time in the Spring, check to make sure there are no leaks anywhere.

Service the AC Unit.
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With rising temps, it will soon be time to cool the house with the AC.  Call an HVAC company to schedule an inspection and maintenance appointment. If you think you'd like to try to maintenance it yourself, you can find 10 Easy Steps to Keep Your Air Conditioning Unit Running Smoothly at diy.com.

Check the washing machine fill hose.
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Visually inspect the hoses to make sure there are no leaks. Hoses should be replaced every 3 - 5 years.  Inspecting your hoses regularly helps to prevent unwanted flooding. Replacing a $50 hose when needed is much better than the thousands of dollars of damage that could happen if one breaks and causes flooding.  While you're in the area, you might as well clean and drain any filters on your washing machine and take the time to clean your dryer vent.

Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors.
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  ~~  If you didn't change the batteries in your smoke detectors when you set your clocks forward, do it now.

Check seals around windows and doors.
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Harsh winter temps can wreak havoc on seals and trim around doors and windows. Visually inspect these areas to see if you need to replace any. This can help to keep heating and cooling costs lower and prevent any water from getting inside. 

Repair paint to prevent rotting wood.
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Some people might think of this task as more visual than functional, but they would be wrong. If there are any areas of exposed wood where the paint has worn off, it's important to repaint so that the wood is not exposed to the elements and get a chance to rot.


This is not an exhaustive list of things to inspect on your home in the Spring (and it's only a fraction of things that were probably inspected in your home inspection when you bought your home), but it's a good starting point. Do you have anything to add to this list?  When was the last time you checked these things on your home? 


Enjoy The Beauty of Every Season in Northeast Ohio

Ask a lot of Clevelanders what they enjoy most about living in Northeast Ohio, chances are a lot of them will tell you, "Seasons."  People who love the changing of the seasons, LOVE the changing of the seasons.  And what's not to love?  Each season brings with it it's own sense of beauty.



In the Spring, the apple and cherry blossoms, tulips and daffodils Spring to life.

In the Summer, people from Cleveland and Northeast Ohio take advantage of the Lake and all of the Metropark trails (although you can truthfully enjoy those all year round.)

The Fall is outstanding with the changing of the leaves and the Winter brings beautiful snowscapes and ice covered trees that look like jewels glistening in whatever sun the clouds let through.

Here are some beautiful images from @jenratpics on Instagram. She always does a great job of showing off Cleveland and Northeast Ohio in all of it's glory.

SPRING

"With the coming of Spring, I am calm again." ~~ Gustav Mahler



SUMMER

"Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." ~~ Henry James



FALL

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." ~~ Albert Camus





WINTER

"It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. The crisp winter air is full of it." ~~ John Burroughs

What is your favorite season? No matter what season it is, if you're planning on buying a new house in Northeast Ohio, call AIC Accurate Inspections & Consulting, LLC and talk to Mike about your inspection. 216-214-0422

Why The Cuyahoga County Public Library System Rocks (One of the MANY Reasons It's Great to Live in NE Ohio)

We all know that Cleveland Rocks! 


Did you know that the Cuyahoga County Public Library System is also pretty awesome?  

The Cuyahoga County Public Library System was nominated as a finalist for the 2018 National Medal for Museum & Library Service. The National Medal is the nation's highest honor given by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in recognition of exceptional service to the community and for making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Indeed, the Cuyahoga County Public Library System has a lot to offer to residents of Northeast Ohio.  It's Mission Statement includes "being at the center of community life by creating an environment where reading, lifelong learning and civic engagement thrive." With 28 branches all over Cuyahoga County, the collection size is more than 1.7 million with a circulation of over 20 million items per year.  In addition to books, you can also check out Toys & Kits.  Plus, the library offers a digital collection that includes eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines & Newspapers, Music, Movies & TV Programs, eBooks & eAudiobooks for kids & teens, and their own Library App.  Who knew there were so many free ways to enjoy entertainment, as long as you have a library card?

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Having books is great and all, but what else does CCPL have to offer?  Any old library loans out books!

In addition to having a very large collection, the library also offers services to the public which include meeting rooms, homework centers, innovation centers, passport centers, a writers' center, a memory lab, an Aspire Greater Cleveland affiliation (learning resources such as ESOL, GED prep, adult literacy, etc.), and Cuyahoga Works, which helps adults acquire skills, find jobs and transition to new careers.

If you enjoy learning or socializing, there are events at the library for everyone.


  • There are free classes on technology, which cover Microsoft Office programs, Adobe Creative Cloud programs, and others like Drive and Outlook programs. The classes are free for adults over 18, but you must pre-register and meet the prerequisites. For example, you must have Microsoft 101 (Basics) before taking Microsoft 201 (Tables and Images). 
  • Want to start your own business?  Then make sure to check out the Encore Entrepreneur classes.
  • There are baby & me, toddler, preschool and family storytimes.
  • Classes include a diverse selection for all age groups: Mechatronics classes, "science sleuths - geology rocks", meditation 101, Hebrew storytime, recording studio orientation, how to deal with anger (for teens), NASA Mars program, adult coloring & many other craft classes, "poetic power", Girls Who Code, Minecraft challenges, Middleschool Book discussions, Herps Alive! (reptiles & amphibians), 2D animation, LEGO building, and many, many more.
  • If you enjoy reading, then there are Book Clubs and Book Discussions. 
With the Cuyahoga County Public Library's commitment to and mission of being at the center of community life, did you know they also had the following kinds of offerings?

For Teens: 
  • Gaming of all kinds, including "Design a Gaming Station" and "Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Day. Programs differ each month.  These are the gaming options available March 2018.
  • Bake-a-Book Contest. Bake a cake that represents a book to win prizes. Top prize is a Kindle Fire.  
  • Library College Prep Workshops
  • Free Permit Practice Tests -- Teens can take a FREE Ohio Driver's Permit practice test to see if they're ready for the real test.
For Kids:

  • Free Access to ABCMouse.com ~~ at the library only.
  • TumbleBooks -- Books that you can flip through online
  • BookFlix

Even if you don't have time to stop by the library in person, you can request items online and pick them up at your favorite branch.  The Cuyahoga County Public Library also offers Library2You for house-bound individuals. Individuals who are homebound can fill out an application to have books delivered to them for a small fee.

Did YOU know that The Cuyahoga County Public Library System had SO MUCH to offer?  It might be time to get a library card if you don't already have one!


When and Why to Get a Home or Property Inspection?

Buying a home or any real estate investment property is probably the largest expense you will ever have.  You want to make sure that if you're investing in your future, your investment is worth the expense and you don't end up with a money pit, or more problems than you can handle.  Luckily, that doesn't usually happen.  It is good to have an idea, though, about any issues your future home or investment property may have so that they can be fixed.

A thorough home or property inspection can give you an idea of what issues your future property may have.  Most home inspections are done before you decide to buy a property.
Image of a new home that might need to have a home inspection before the buyer makes their decision to purchase the home.
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A home inspector will examine your house, including HVAC, electrical wiring, water heater, plumbing, roof, structural components, foundation, interior spaces, insulation, and built in kitchen appliances, among other things.  Radon and other environmental testing can also be done. A thorough visual inspection will be done to the areas that can be seen. It is a topical visual inspection, as the inspector obviously can't cut holes in the walls.  If the inspector thinks that there is an issue with something, he/she may suggest that you call an expert (plumber, electrician) for further diagnosis.

A home inspection can help either the buyer or the seller.  If you're a seller and you'd like to have a heads up about any issues before you put your house on the market, you can either take care of minor issues before you sell or decide to sell as-is.  As a buyer, if there are any issues found, you can use them in negotiations to either get a better price or have the seller fix the issues before you sign the contract.

An example of part of a report is shown in this photo:
Image of a sample home inspection report from AIC Accurate Inspections & Consulting, LLC in Cleveland, Ohio.

A home inspector has a detailed list of everything that he/she checks.  Rest assured, each thing that they check will be part of your detailed report that you will receive.  You can see a sample home inspection report at this link:  https://goo.gl/BTKcMC   And a good home inspector will walk you through and explain as the inspection is being done.

A home inspection is a good idea so that you know what you're getting into and to be familiar with all of the components of your new living or work space.  There's no reason to be intimidated by issues that may arise. You just need to be knowledgeable. A home inspection can help.

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." --Benjamin Franklin

When all works out, you will hopefully be the proud new owner of your "dream" home.

Image of a new home buyer's keys to the home that they had inspected with a home inspection



If you are purchasing a new house, buying an investment property, or expanding your offices into a new commercial building, we can provide a thorough home inspection or commercial building inspection. Call 216-214-0422. Based out of North Royalton, we serve Cleveland, Ohio and the surrounding suburbs.