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Simple Home Maintenance for Spring
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By Sonya McDaniel
OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

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OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

Sonya McDaniel is the Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator for Pottawatomie County. Her job is to deliver information over basic home economic skills to the public. She has 15 years of experience in teaching basic family relations, nutrition and meal planning, family budgeting and household management through the OSU system.

She owns a small farming operation with her husband in southern Pottawatomie County where they raise hair sheep, goats and cattle. They are busy keeping up with an on-the-go child, 5 dogs and one giant cat. Sonya definitely understands that running a home and family takes thought, time and money which all seem to be in limited supply!

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension service does not discriminate because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran and is an equal opportunity employer.

Email: sonya.mcdaniel@okstate.edu

Website: www.oces.okstate.edu/pottawatomie

Facebook: Pottawatomie County OSU Extension
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By Sonya McDaniel
March 22, 2013 2:27 p.m.

So many simple home maintenance items only need to be completed once or twice a year.  Maybe that’s why they are so many times, not taken care of!  If you are not careful you may end up with a long list of expensive, but possibly could-have-been-prevented repairs later down the road. 
 
As I was out and about in the yard this past weekend, I started to notice my list of simple home maintenance items needing attention around our place.  Two of our big early spring projects are to power-wash and do some routine work on our decks, and power-wash the siding.  Two jobs that aren’t difficult, but not a lot of fun to tackle!  However, as with most simple home maintenance they can prolong the life and quality of your property. 
 
A couple of items you might consider putting on your weekend “to do” list are:
  • Clean gutters and down spouts.  Make sure they are draining away from the foundation.
  • Check outside vents – foundation, clothing dryer vents, attic, etc.
  • Survey the outside walls of the house for damage or deterioration.
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    HUDS Center for Healthy Housing has this easy to follow Home Maintenance Checklist which gives great tips for simple items which need to be looked at and/or completed and which season it is best to complete the task.  Since the weather is going to be a little on the cold side for being outside washing siding or cleaning out gutter, it might give you some time to look it over and make your plans for the next warm weekend!   
     
    http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=DOC_12334.pdf

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