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Tips for Keeping Your House in Shape

Following these simple tips can save you money in the long run:

  • Check all window and door locks for proper operation.
  • Check your home for water leaks.
  • Have a heating professional check your heating system every year.
  • Remember to leave at least 3 feet of area around your space heater and unplug it when it is not in use.
  • Remember to replace your furnace and air conditioner filters on a frequent basis to allow heating and cooling systems to operate properly.
  • Regularly clean up leaves that tend to be slippery when wet on concrete surfaces and can cause dead patches on your grass if left too long.
  • Test your emergency generator & smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your fireplace.
  • Remove bird’s nests from chimneys and outdoor electrical fixtures.
  • Check for a corroded or disconnected water heater flue on your gas water heater.
  • Don’t overheat your rooms. Increasing the thermostat setting by 1 degree can increase your costs by 3 percent.
  • Make sure the caulking around your bathroom fixtures is adequate to prevent water from seeping into sub-flooring and inside walls.
  • These tips will help keep your home efficient and will contribute to the overall value when you get ready to sell.


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