Your Phoenix Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring in the Desert

Spring has sprung and now is the perfect opportunity to give those much needed “honey dos” a little attention. Here is a list of things you may want to remember to tackle as spring takes full bloom:

* Make a visual inspection of your roof. Look for signs of age such as curling, shrinking, or broken/missing tiles or shingles.

* Inspect you gutters and clean any build-up after a messy winter and rainy season to help maintain a free-flowing gutter system.

* Inspect the air conditioning system and change out the filters.

* Inspect your deck. Winter weather can be harsh on wood, so look for loose nails, and check for rotted boards that need to be fixed or replaced.

* Inspect window and door screens. Inspect screens for holes and tears, and then make any necessary repairs.

* Clear fireplaces. Remove as many ashes as possible, then close your chimney flue.

* Inspect drainage around the perimeter of your home to look for signs of settling or voids that would allow rain to run down into your foundation.

* Inspect paint for signs of cracking or peeling, then make repairs as necessary.

* Check the dates on spices and herbs. Toss the old spices and herbs into the garden and recycle the containers.

* Turn over your mattress and switch the direction of the box springs (if applicable).

* Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors, alarm clocks, and any other battery operated items. Drop off old batteries at IKEA – call first to make sure your preferred location accepts them.

* Check first aid kits and resupply.

* Check your fire extinguisher to make sure it is adequately charged.

Also, are you considering buying a home this spring? For those planning to stay in their home for at least a few years, you may not find a better time to buy a home than now. The rare combination of low mortgage rates, greater supply of homes, and motivated sellers, makes this year a unique window of opportunity for buyers. To talk more about our Phoenix housing market, call or email us anytime. We love to work with our readers!

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About Doug Hill

Doug Hill is an Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and founded The Hill Group with his wife, Kirsten in 2003. Combined, they have helped over 1,000+ clients buy and sell homes in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Doug holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management & Economics, and is a Navy veteran. He is an active member of the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors on their Professional Standards Board, and he and his wife have had the #1 team for Coldwell Banker in Arizona for multiple years in a row. He loves to read, travel, and spend time with his family and friends.
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