Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Millburn-Short Hills February Home Checklist

As the transition between winter and spring approaches, it’s time to start thinking of small improvements we can make to our Millburn-Short Hills home. As an experienced real estate agent, I have the upper hand in knowing all of the appropriate spring changes, and am here to answer any questions about getting your home in tip-top shape.

Believe it or not, the cold, wet weather of winter can actually help you. It assists in detecting where your home is leaking water or heat, and allows you to seal it up tight. This brings me to my first tip of making sure that no water is getting into your home.  This starts with carefully checking every area of your home that you think may be susceptible to water leakage.

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Change Your Shower Curtain: Check out the condition of your shower curtains while you’re inspecting water leaks in your home. Damp shower curtains can grow unhealthy mold and mildew and can result in bigger mold problems in your tub/shower and throughout the bathroom.  It’s best to replace your shower curtain once every six months, and make a habit of keeping doors open after bathing to reduce the build up of unwanted mold.

Get the Numbers: A big thing to think about this month is your home’s energy usage. Use the Home Energy Saving Tool to determine how much energy a home the size of yours typically uses. Not only will it calculate how much energy you use, but it will also help you determine your savings from various home improvements such as insulation and window replacement.

Clean Out Your Storage: Spring cleaning in February, why not? Get ahead this year by attacking clutter and unwanted items early. It will save you a lot of time down the line. Whether your cleaning out your laundry room, garage, attack or any other area, your home will benefit from the cleanse. A good strategy for spring cleaning is emptying the space first, followed by a through cleaning.  Next, get rid of the things you do not need. If you come across any paint cans or other chemicals, be sure to contact your local waste disposal company to property handle the disposal of hazardous waste.

Clean the Gutters: Here is another way that the winter weather will help you in your February home improvement checklist. Leaves and debris are much easier to scoop up when they’re wet. The next time it rains in Millburn-Short Hills, get on your ladder and start cleaning (after the rain stops, of course!). Find time at least twice a year to clean out your gutters, or even monthly if you live in a heavily wooded area.

These are just a few small projects to start working on before spring. If you have any questions on how to prepare your Millburn-Short Hills home, feel free to contact me anytime. I would love to assist you or provide guidance with any project! While I know a thing or two about home maintenance, my real forte is real estate. If you’re in the position to buy or sell a home, I would be more than happy to get in touch.

Elaine Pruzon
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
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