Pre-Holiday Maintenance

By | December 3rd, 2019|Maintenance, Seasonal Information|

The holidays may be the worst time to have to deal with a home maintenance issue.  With a little planning and the right information, you can be sure to have your home in tip-top shape for all your gatherings! Let's start with the basics - Heating Systems:  Make it a annual task to have your [...]

Holiday Light Displays and Energy Costs

By | December 3rd, 2019|Maintenance, Seasonal Information|

The holiday season has arrived and for most, that comes with some decor changes and outdoor lighting.  The U.S. uses more electricity in the month of December than some countries use in an entire year!  But how much is that light display really costing you?  The folks at HomeAdvisor have a detailed plan to help you [...]

Maintain Your Whole House Fan

By | May 21st, 2018|Home Safety, Maintenance, Seasonal Information|

Whole house fans move a lot of air fast and as with any fan, that means a lot of dust. Cleaning your whole house fan regularly will extend its life and ensure that your fan stays in good working order longer. Dusting Your Fan By simply dusting your fan off once a season you will extend [...]

Drafty Windows and Doors

By | January 8th, 2018|Maintenance, Seasonal Information|

Drafty windows and doors can increase heating bills, and no one wants that!  Take the time to inspect both the interior and exterior of all windows and doors.   If you inspect the property on a windy day, it may make it easier to detect any air leaks. Make Sure the Windows Close Tightly This seems like [...]

Sewer Line Inspection

By | October 30th, 2017|Additional Services, Maintenance, Sewer|

Many home buyers are familiar with and understand the importance of a home inspection.  But what about a Sewer Line Inspection?  It's almost an afterthought, if a thought at all.  Its always best to find out if a sewer line needs repair or replacement before buying a home, not after. The purpose of a sewer line [...]

Swing your HVAC into Spring and Summer

By | April 17th, 2017|Maintenance, Seasonal Information|

At long last, spring is here! The days are brighter and getting warmer. Soon we'll be turning on the Air Conditioning as we head into summer. Prepare now with a few simple steps. Change the HVAC Filter Turn off the Humidifier: Locate your humidistat.  Your humidistat may be located near your thermostat or mounted at [...]

Spring Forward

By | March 9th, 2017|Maintenance, Seasonal Information|

It’s the time of the year when we all spring our clocks forward one hour and start to gain that extra bit of precious daylight every day as we inch into summer. It's also a great time to perform a few simple home maintenance tasks to be sure things are safe and sound. So besides [...]

Winterizing Outdoor Faucets

By | November 21st, 2016|Maintenance, Seasonal Information|

Most any Michigander can explain the importance of winterizing exterior faucets, but do you actually know how?  It seems like a simple task, but there are a few tricks to getting it right. 1.)  Disconnect the Garden Hose - Simple, drain and store the hose and any accessories in the garage or shed. 2.)  Inspect [...]

Avoid Irrigation Irritation

By | September 19th, 2016|Maintenance, Seasonal Information|

Fall is the time to drain and winterize your irrigation system.  Buried irrigation lines can freeze, leaving you with burst pipes  and broken sprinkler heads.  A few simple steps can save you some spring time Irrigation Irritation. Using the main valve, turn off the water that feeds the system. Turn off the automatic controller Remove water [...]

Don’t Let Water Drip

By | September 19th, 2016|Maintenance, Seasonal Information|

Dripping Water is almost never a good thing.  Fall preparations must include removal of garden hoses from outdoor faucets.   Don't get caught by a sudden cold snap and have surprise damage - make this one a priority!  Leaving hoses attached can cause water to back up in the faucets and in the pipes inside the [...]