The Autumn Home Maintenance Checklist You Need Today

Get going on your autumn home maintenance today!

Autumn is in the air – you can feel it in the mornings. That means you’re probably thinking about doing some autumn cleaning. (You DO a big clean in the fall right?)  Hold on though! You also need to be thinking about some key autumn home maintenance items as well! Doing these 8 things at least 1-2 times a year will save you time, money, and a big headache down the road.  The goal is to prevent things from going wrong or catching little problems early BEFORE they become major problems.

We created a handy check list of 8 autumn home maintenance items you should be checking every year.  As a matter of fact, you can probably get these done in one weekend and then you don’t have to worry!

1.  Check your gutters and down spouts

Gutters and down spouts get all clogged up over the winter with leaves and debris.  Get up on a ladder every autumn and clear that gunk out.  It will save you leaks, breaks, pools of stagnant water and a big repair bill.  You should also do this in the spring, FYI.

2.  Get your chimney inspected and cleaned – by an actual chimneysweep

Looking forward to a roaring fire in your fireplace this autumn?  Be sure that you get your chimney inspected and cleaned by an ACTUAL chimneysweep.  They will clean out soot, remove blockages and creosote build up – all of which can ignite when you *ahem* fire up your fireplace.

A chimneysweep will also inspect the liner, firebox and damper to make sure that they are in good condition and as efficient as possilbe for heating.

They will also make sure that there aren’t any critters making a home of your chimney.

3.  Check seals on windows and doors

Check and repair any seals on window sills, door sills, and thresholds.  Look for damaged or peeling caulk, splinters, loose panes and gaps.  While you’re at it add weatherstripping to doors.  Any gaps let out warm air and also increase your heating bill in the autumn and winter. Here is a handy guide for how to caulk your windows.

4. Rake those leaves

It can be a pain to keep up on, but be sure to rake all those leaves.  If they stay on the ground over the winter under the snow, they can rot, mildew and even kill your grass.  Making your spring garden cleanup that much more difficult.

5.  Filter out those dirty filters

Guys. HVAC filters get D.I.R.T.Y.  They collect dust, pollen, pet hair and dirt.  And then recirculate all those things back through your house if you don’t clean or replace them regularly.  This is something you’ll want to check several times a year.

6.  Don’t forget about your dryer and refrigerator

When doing autumn home maintenance, don’t forget to check your dryer vent.  It gets clogged up and makes your dryer work that much harder.  Which makes your electricity bill go up.

And while you’re at it, check your refrigerator coils.  Chances are they need a good vacuum.  Not only are they really gross when they are covered in dust, they also make your fridge less efficient.

7.  Drain that water heater

Your water heater should be 100% drained a couple of times a year.  The reason?  All kinds of minerals and sediment build up in the bottom.  Which equals corrosion and water that doesn’t heat as fast as you’d like.

8.  Test your smoke detectors

This autumn home maintenance item can literally save your life.  Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and put fresh batteries in.  While you’re at it why not make sure that your family knows what to do when an alarm goes off.  A household fire drill goes a long way.

Need a hand?

Check out our list of trusted vendors, contractors, supplier and all around handy types who can help you if you run into problems (or they can just take care of this stuff for you).  They’ll give you a hand with the whole spring home maintenance thing!

The Spring Home Maintenance Checklist You Need Today

Don’t just spring clean… Get going on your spring home maintenance today!

Spring is in the air and that means that you’re probably thinking about spring cleaning.  Hold on though! You also need to be thinking about some key spring home maintenance items as well! Doing these 8 things at least once a year will save you time, money, and a big headache down the road.  The goal is to prevent things from going wrong or catching little problems early BEFORE they become major problems.

We created a handy check list of 8 spring maintenance items you should be checking every year.  As a matter of fact, you can probably get these done in one weekend and then you don’t have to worry!

 

1.  Check your gutters and down spouts

Gutters and down spouts get all clogged up over the winter with leaves and debris.  Get up on a ladder every spring and clear that gunk out.  It will save you leaks, breaks, pools of stagnant water and a big repair bill.

2.  Inspect your roof

Most roofs will last around 12-25+ years (depending on the material) IF, and only if they are inspected regularly and repaired.  While you’re up on the ladder cleaning your gutters and drain spouts, take a moment and climb up on your roof.  Look for loose roofing, pooled water, or curling shingles.

It can be very affordable to repair your roof regularly.  If your roof ends up leaking during those springtime showers, it can cost you thousands in damages PLUS the money to repair or get a new roof.

It’s a good idea to check your roof both in the spring and the fall. Just to be safe.

3.  Check seals on windows and doors

Check and repair any seals on window sills, door sills, and thresholds.  Look for damaged or peeling caulk, splinters, loose panes and gaps.  While you are at it, check and repair any screens – you’ll be glad to be able to open those windows and air out your home without bugs getting in!  Here is a handy guide for how to caulk your windows.

 

4. Give some love to your deck

Already planning the first BBQ of the season?  Better get that deck ready.  Just like your roof, you want to inspect it every spring.  Look for cracks, greying wood, loose joints and water seeping in.  Every 3-5 years you’ll want to stain and seal your deck to keep it from weathering.  A final step?  Give it a good pressure wash to get it ready for that backyard party!

5.  Filter out those dirty filters

Guys. HVAC filters get D.I.R.T.Y.  They collect dust, pollen, pet hair and dirt.  And then recirculate all those things back through your house if you don’t clean or replace them regularly.  This is something you’ll want to check several times a year.

 

6.  Don’t forget about your dryer and refrigerator

When doing spring home maintenance, don’t forget to check your dryer vent.  It gets clogged up and makes your dryer work that much harder.  Which makes your electricity bill go up.

And while you’re at it, check your refrigerator coils.  Chances are they need a good vacuum.  Not only are they really gross when they are covered in dust, they also make your fridge less efficient.

 

7.  Drain that water heater

Your water heater should be 100% drained a couple of times a year.  The reason?  All kinds of minerals and sediment build up in the bottom.  Which equals corrosion and water that doesn’t heat as fast as you’d like.

 

8.  Test your smoke detectors

This spring home maintenance item can literally save your life.  Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and put fresh batteries in.  While you’re at it why not make sure that your family knows what to do when an alarm goes off.  A household fire drill goes a long way.

Need a hand?

Check out our list of trusted vendors, contractors, supplier and all around handy types who can help you if you run into problems (or they can just take care of this stuff for you).  They’ll give you a hand with the whole spring home maintenance thing!

Confessions in Real Estate on the I Am Salt Lake Podcast

How do two fine arts majors (ceramics for Monique / photography for Jeremy) get into Real Estate?  And did those degrees even help us at all?

We sat down and had a lively chat with Chris and Krissie Holifield with the I Am Salt Lake Podcast earlier last month.

Confessions in Real Estate on the I Am Salt Lake Podcast | Market Source Real EstateSome highlights:

  • Find out how about how we first met (HINT: we were young)
  • Get the scoop on how we got our start in Real Estate (HINT: it was kinda an accident)
  • How many homes we’ve owned (Hint: think double digits)
  • Have we ever owned a haunted home?
  • Why we specialize in buying and selling older homes?
  • Where we like to eat out and about in Salt Lake City

You’ll 100% want to listen in HERE.  Thanks again to the I Am Salt Lake Podcast for hosting us!

You can find us in our new offices in the heart of Sugar House – right by Sugar House Coffee and Best Friends Animal Society.  In the words of Krissie “Get a coffee, get a dog, get a house”

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I Am Salt Lake Podcast - Market Source Real Estate

by Chris & Krissie Holifield | Episode 318

Market Source Real Estate – New Office Location

2015 South 1100 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Market Source Real Estate

Your HOME
Your LIFESTYLE
Your STORY

YourHOME Close to EVERYTHING

241 Downington Ave.

We love Sugar House and everything near by. Living in this Downington home you will be close to EVERYTHING!

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$250,000

Features

Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Square Feet: 1,631
Year Built: 1921
Area of Town: Liberty Wells
Lot Size: .11
Property Tax: $1,474
School District: Salt Lake
MLS #: 1486613
Basement – Unfinished
Bathroom on Main Floor
Broadband Available, Fiber Soon
Fireplace
Gas – Radiant Heat
Great Location

The Bungalow

Just block away from Sugar House, S-Line, Freeways, you might not even need a car!

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This brick bungalow is a just stroll to SLCC and a short bike ride to S-Line, Liberty Wells Park, Smith’s Ballpark and has a corner park just at 300 East. Easy access to highways, Sugar House, downtown, and the new Winco. Square footage figures are provided as a courtesy estimate only and were obtained from County Records. Buyer is advised to obtain an independent measurement. Owner/Agent

241 Downington Ave.

Sienna Curry

Sienna Curry

Real Estate Consultant

Sienna Curry came to the Market Source team originally as a client. She loved the process so much she decided to quite her job and join the team. As a gal from the south, politeness is an understatement. Sienna’s clients might hear a slip of a Y’all and of course Ma-am and Sir are part of her daily speech. She may be from the South, but  living in Utah for the past 5 years she knows the best of what Salt Lake has to offer. An avid skier, outdoor enthusiast, and dog lover, she fits right in.

Contact:

Phone: 916.661.4921

Email: sienna@marketsourceagent.com

Living Groovy in Murray

6081 South Glen Oaks Street

Sometimes we come across vintage homes that are in original condition and we fall in love. Back in the 60’s everything was just a little brighter an a lot more groovy.

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$349,000

Features

Beds: 5
Baths: 3
Square Feet: 3,016
Garage: 2
Year Built: 1963
Area of Town: East Murray
Lot Size: .25
Property Tax: $1,531
School District: Murray
Balcony Deck
Basement – Finished
Bathroom on Main Floor
Central Air
Fenced Yard
Fireplace
Forced Air
Garage – Attached
Handicap Accessible
Hardwood Floors
Outbuilding
Tile Floors

 

A Classic

From the 1/2″ square tile mosaic on the fireplace to the red shag carpet in the basement, this home has character.

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While the styles of the 60’s still live in this home, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t had her upgrades. New double pane windows, newer furnace and AC, add efficiency to this classic beauty. This home is ready for a new owner who appreciates the classic charm, or wants to transform these amazing spaces to your own story. Come fall in love!

6081 S GLEN OAKS ST

Jeremy Higginson

Jeremy Higginson

Co-Owner / Associate Broker

Jeremy Higginson isn’t your typical real estate agent. Some might say that he is more of a construction and old home guru than a pretty face selling homes. He is married to the boss, Monique Higginson but that story started over 20 years ago. Living in the Salt Lake Valley for over 40 years and owning 22 homes, he knows a thing or two about the area. Serving on the East Liberty Park Community Organization (ELPCO) and formally working with the Sugar House Chamber, he knows what neighborhoods across the valley have to offer. Finding or selling a home, you won’t go wrong with this real estate veteran of over 15 years.

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Contact:

Phone: 801.205.8231

Email: jeremy@marketsourceagent.com