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Changes in seasons may not be as dramatic here as they are in other parts of the country, but they do happen. You can prepare and protect your home with these seasonal maintenance tips. April showers and hot August nights can take their toll on even the best-built home. Here’s how to prepare for warmer weather.

  • Clean out gutters and downspouts. Remove debris and flush with a hose.

  • Prune back tree branches and shrubs that are too close to the house.

  • Check driveways and other paved surfaces for cracks and signs of deterioration.

  • Check and repair or replace exterior caulking (we can never say it enough).

  • Clean lint from the clothes dryer venting system. It can be a fire hazard.

  • Reset auto-light timers for the longer days ahead.

  • If you winterized your irrigation system, reactivate it by closing the test valves, turning the ball valves 1/8th of a turn to the “Open” position, and opening the irrigation supply line valves.

  • Check window weep holes and remove any clogs.

  • Have a professional check your roof for any damage done over the winter months.

  • Check your air conditioner and schedule needed maintenance before peak use periods.

  • Have a fireplace? Now’s a good time to hire a pro to inspect and clean the chimney. Ask him to install a screen over the chimney top to keep debris out.

  • Clean wood decks and reseal as needed.

  • Check and replace rubber washers on exterior faucet.

Courtesy of Lyon Homes

Below are some great tips to prepare your home for colder weather this Fall and Winter from our friends at State Farm:

  • Clean air conditioners. Wipe down the unit, clear debris from the surrounding area, and hose off the unit. Once it's completely dry, cover the air conditioner and turn off the water shutoff valve, if your system has one. Remove window units and store them indoors to prevent window drafts. If you can't remove your window unit, close the vents and protect it from the elements with an air conditioner cover.

  • Drain sprinkler systems. You can tackle this one of two ways: Remove the water using the system's drain valves, or have a professional blow the water out with a large air compressor.

  • Turn off outdoor water supply. Make sure all exterior water spigots are turned off and all attached hoses or other devices are removed, drained, and properly stored.

  • Insulate pipes. This will help prevent your pipes from freezing and save money on your hot water bill. Insulate by duct-taping pre-slit pipe foam (available at hardware stores) around exposed pipes in your home's crawl space or attic.

  • Caulk air leaks around doors and windows.

  • Add more insulation if needed. If you can see the ceiling joists in your attic, you may need more insulation.

  • Test your thermostat. Turn it to heat mode to make sure the furnace kicks on and blows warm air.

  • Have the furnace inspected by a professional. Make sure it's in good shape to last through the winter.

  • Inspect and clean your roof and gutters.

  • Install storm windows and doors.

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For most buyers, a house “clicks” within 15 seconds of walking through the door. Buyers’ first impressions are crucial, so it’s critical that sellers make every effort to present the home at its best.

Clean and de-clutter. The front yard should be landscaped, trimmed. Driveways and patios should be clean. Front doors should be clean, in fact, the entire home should be deep cleaned and then cleaned on a regular basis. All personal items should be put away, or better, the homeowner should begin the moving process and store, donate and sell. I always suggest that clients visit a few model homes to get an idea of how to “edit” their homes. Clean, crisp smells like citrus or cinnam...

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Moving from one home to another is a complicated process. Moving from one area of the state to another adds even more unknowns and can be stressful. Whether you are a professional athlete relocating to a new team quickly or a corporate executive with more time to relocate, our experienced relocation team will help you with a smooth buying or leasing process and offers a concierge service free to our clients who will help with:

  • Greeting at an airport or hotel with car service.

  • Meeting with an experienced Realtor in our network who is knowledgeable about the area. This Realtor will first take you on a familiarization tour of various communities.

  • Introduction to a lender to be pre-approved.

  • Coordinated tours of homes in your price range until you find your new home.

  • Welcome binder presented full of information about schools, places of worship, shopping, restaurants, sports, recreation, resources for pets, daycare, domestic agencies for household staff, etc. Appointments can be made for you to tour schools too!

  • Coordination with moving and errands concierge to make your move stress-free. We can even stock your refrigerator with your favorite foods and beverages and ensure your home has the supplies needed to get you settled in your first week!

  • Agent fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese available to assist with all aspects of your move and establishing services in your new home.

More to come!