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Spring Maintenance Checklist

January 13, 2020

“Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is.” — Jessica Harrelson

As the days become longer and the temperatures rise, Spring is a great time to give your home a refresh and physical checkup. Living in a maintenance-free community has many perks—no need to worry about mowing the lawn, trimming the shrubs or shoveling the driveway. But, there are items that are the homeowner’s responsibility. Be sure to do the following to keep your home in tip-top shape.

  • Turn on sprinkler system.
    A how-to manual came with your home, but ask a neighbor or call the vendor directly for help if you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself. At Glen Meadows, we used Rainbow Sprinklers and Lawncare.
  • Wash windows and screens inside and out.
    Clean out all the dust and dirt that has collected over the past few months and make sure there are no holes in the screens.
  • Change furnace filter.
    This step is especially crucial in the first year in your new home, to minimize dust accumulation. A dirty filter forces your HVAC system to work harder.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts.
    Make sure the gutter pathways are clear so they function properly.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
    This is a great habit to get into to make sure the batteries are working.
  • Open windows to circulate clean air into the house.
    Open the windows and switch out the stale air in the house!
  • Water plants.
    Make sure to nurture your new plants and shrubs with water. There is a guide from our landscaper in your Warranty Binder.

Having a home built can be a very stressful endeavor. After shopping around for several weeks, we easily decided that Abele Builders was the best contractor for us. The process, from deciding on a design, picking a lot (we chose Glen Meadows), and then selecting from the myriad options to uniquely define our new home, could not have been simpler. It is well defined, easily followed and put us in the home at almost the exact day they had estimated early in the process. We love our new home and only wish we had done this 10 years earlier. Design, feature choices, construction quality, and follow-on support are far and away among the best in the industry.

Chuck McGaffin