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March 21, 2013

Spring cleaning with all the fixin's

Has spring sprung yet? Well, it is coming soon, anyway, and that means spring cleaning.

It always seems exciting to get things started, then part way through the cleaning the excitement fades and the reality of the work sets in, but the finished result always makes all the labor worthwhile. But what really needs sprucing up -- and what can wait another year?

Let’s check it out.

Is it time to replace some older, dilapidating things with newer and more efficient things? Let’s start with the roof.

Climb up a ladder (be careful!) or get binoculars and go across the street to view your roof. Are there missing or broken tiles or shingles? Replacing the roof is expensive, but not as expensive as replacing many more things in your house if the roof leaks or there is a storm that rips off some of the roofing. Some roofing products come with an insurance discount. For example, if you live on the West Coast and you replace a cedar roof with a fire-resistant roof, you probably will be able to get a homeowner’s-insurance discount.

How about the windows?

If you see condensation between the glass panes or your windows are hard to open or close, your energy bills are going to be higher than they should be. It might be time to replace the windows. OK, so this is another expensive endeavor, but worth the price in the long run.

The front door should be in good and attractive condition.

When you are inside the house looking at the closed front door, do you see light peaking in around the door? Do you feel a cold draft coming in when you stand close to the door? Is the door hard to close or lock? It’s time for a new door if the answer is yes to any of these questions. Again, your energy bill will be a bit more palatable if you have a well-sealed front door. And a nice and clean front door makes your home more inviting and attractive.

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