I can’t believe it’s August already!  Here are some home maintenance tips to help you and your home head into fall in great shape:

1.  Get your heating system cleaned and inspected.  Don’t wait until everyone and their cousin is calling the heating guy (usually the day after the first cold day), do it NOW and be ready.  And make sure your ductwork and registers are clean, too.

2.  Since you’re taking care of the heating system, get your water heater inspected and serviced too (or do it yourself – click here to see how).  And buy one of those nice thick water heater blankets for it this month to save on energy costs every day.

3.  Take care of your drains this month by cleaning them.  Here is a link to a great homemade drain cleaner you can use monthly.  And you might want to remove and clean out the traps under each sink and clean the drain plugs in the bathroom sinks and tub/showers so everything keeps draining like it should.

4.  This month is a great month to fix or replace your leaky faucets.

5.  Clean your bathroom vent fans.  And clean under your range vent in the kitchen and run the filter through the dishwasher.

6.  Clean and replace the grout and caulk in your bathrooms and kitchen.  Here is a link to two different homemade grout cleaners.

7.  Keep the creepy crawlies out of your home by walking around outside and removing places they can hide and enter – in other words, don’t let stuff like wood piles, shrubbery, toys, trash, bark mulch or anything like that TOUCH your siding.  Not only is it unattractive, but it can reduce air circulation and drainage (which encourages mold to grow), and rodents or termites can hide there and get access to your home.  Usually, the worst offender is a woodpile that someone has stacked next to a wall outside or inside their garage (and this is a termite infestation just waiting to happen).

8.  Leaving spoiled fruit on the ground encourages mice and insects to hang out.  Remove it and keep the area under fruit trees clean.  Make sure the lids on your garbage cans fit tightly.  Use a bungee cord that stretches from handle to handle to help keep those lids on there.  Get rid of any standing water around your home to keep mosquitos from breeding.  And they only need a teeny amount to breed in, so be careful.

9.  Give your lawn some TLC this month – mow it high and often, let the grass clippings fall to help feed your lawn naturally, and get rid of the dandelions by digging them out with a special tool-link to or by judicious use of a herbicidal dandelion killer.  But most importantly, give it plenty of water.

10.  Order bulbs for fall planting.

See more at www.BarbHutchinsonHomes.com

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The above real estate information was provided by Barb Hutchinson.  Barb can be reached by email at candobarb@msn.com or by phone at 208-707-4663.  Barb has helped people move in and out of homes in The Fruitland Idaho, Payette Idaho and Ontario Oregon areas for the last 27 years.

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I sell homes and real estate in the following southwest Idaho towns:  Payette, Fruitland, Parma, Emmett, New Plymouth, Weiser, Caldwell, and Nampa, ID

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