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Simple Home Maintenance for Spring
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By Sonya McDaniel
Sonya McDaniel I have been an OSU Extension Educator for over 10 years providing individuals and families with information about healthy cooking and eating, simple money management tips, steps to making housework and daily routines easier and how ...
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Sonya McDaniel I have been an OSU Extension Educator for over 10 years providing individuals and families with information about healthy cooking and eating, simple money management tips, steps to making housework and daily routines easier and how to deal with daily life issues. I live on a small working ranch in Pottawatomie County with my husband, dogs, cat, sheep and cows. We enjoy growing a small garden and turning the produce into yummy treats for the rest of the year. Although I grew up a city girl from Missouri, I enjoy the simpler life of country living with the suburban flare of Shawnee. My joys in life are: watching young kids learn new skills and be successful, singing at church every Sunday, watching things grow (other than weeds!), and hanging out with my friends and family.
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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:



  1. Clean gutters and down spouts.  Make sure they are draining away from the foundation.


  2. Check outside vents – foundation, clothing dryer vents, attic, etc.


  3. Survey the outside walls of the house for damage or deterioration.




 

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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