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REAL ESTATE & CLASSIFIEDS - MARCH 2013 IT'S TIME TO SPRING CLEAN THE EXTERIOR - Cleaning your gutters regularly will prevent roof damage. Find out how to dean them yourself in the adjacent story. outdoor surfaces attention, too. hen spring cleaning your home, it's easy to focus on interior closets and draw- ers and forget the first thing any visitor will see - your home's exterior. But and fixtures need your "Outdoor furniture can collect grime and rust during winter," says Alison Gutterman, President of Jelmar, manufacturer of CLR cleaning products. "It's important you clean them annually with an effective yet safe cleaner that won't harm your lawn or gar- den." Make sure your spring cleaning includes these outdoor dirt-magnets: Siding and Windows Even if you:re not putting a freshcoat of paint on your house this year, it's important you clean any facade or siding that's prone to grime. Use a power washer and start at the highest point to avoid washing dirt down onto clean areas. Pressure washers also make window cleaning easier. But be careful using them on wooden areas such as decks and window frames. The force of the spray often dam- ages the surface of porous materials like wood. Outdoor Furniture Whether you conscic,,atiously stored your patio furniture for the winter, or left it outside exposed to the elements, it's likely your outdoor table and chairs need a once- over before they're ready for use. When choosing cleaning products, make sure they're biodegradable so they won't harm your plants or lawn. Then rinse the furniture and the grass with your hose after cleaning. You should also choose a cleaning prod- uct that's safe for furniture and that can be used on plastic, wicker, wood, wrought iron, canvas and other outdoor materials. Also look for UV protectants to keep your furniture from fading in bright ,sun. Gutters Clean gutters prevent flooding and roof damage. The best way to check if your gutters need cleaning is to look up at the outside rim of the top of the gutter. If there is dis- coloration, there likely is buildup in the gut- ter making it difficult for water to flow. When cleaning gutters by hand, you can create a "gutter scoop" by cutting the bot- tom half off a plastic gallon jug with a box knife. Then, after removing any leaves, twigs or debris, flush the gutters with water to clean them properly. Screens and Filters The best way to clean window screens is to lay them flat on a cloth or soft surface outdoors to keep the frames from getting scratched. Then, hose them down and scrub gently with an all-purpose cleaner. Finally, rinse the screens again and tap off any excess water. Air conditioning filters should also be changed as part of your spring cleaning, espec'mlly if anyone in your family has allergies. Always refer to the owner's manu- al to determine the location of the filter and the size needed to ensure the proper fit. For more spring cleaning tips, visit www.jelmar.com. Remember, keeping your home's exterior clean makes a big difference. Make Your Home Easier to Sell With Inexpensive, Eye Appealing Im] l.day housing market, homeowners * Make a more enchanting entrance. The These are small and easy projects, but if * Perfect the paint job. For homez with- t eed to n ore proactive than ever before very first part of the home prospective buy- neglected, they'll give buyers the impression out siding, be sure that the paint job is up to when itc,.,| estosellingtheirhomes.Whereas ors will see is the front door. Typically, the thatother, bigger things might have been neg- snuff. Any areas with peeling or chipping the real e: tate boom at the turn of the centu- house number is located right near the front lected as well. paint should receive a fresh coat of paint, and ry m;adv t hi gs easy on sellers, the current door, so the buyers will be looking for the If your home has a front porch or stoop, this is another job that should be handled well real estate climate is not so seller-friendly, number and once they see it they can't help be sure to inspect it for cracks. An older porch before listing the home. To mak e their homes more attractive to but look at the door itself. A decrepit or older or stoop should be replaced, and any chips or * Lavish the lawn with attention. Buyers prospecti e buyers, homeowners are often door will not make a good first impression, cracks in the steps should be fixed, love a lush green lawn, and that lawn goes a told to increase the home's "curb appeal." This If you don't want (or need) to replace the door, * Ready the roof. A new roof is very expen- long way to creating a first impression. The involves how the home looks from the street touch up the paint job. sire, and buyers understandably often run first thing buyers will see is the lawn. If the and how ood a first impression a home will Other ways to improve a home's entrance from homes that need a new roof. Sellers grass is dry with brown spots or appears neg- make prospective buyers. Homeowners is to make sure the doorknob or doorknock- should hire their own home inspector to deter- letted, many buyers will find that hard to looking to i crease their home's curb appeal er is polished before showinga home, and to mine the condition of the roof before putting overlook. Homeowners preparing to sell their should coHsider the following tips. ensure the doorbell is funetiordng as well. the home up for sale. home should lavish attention on their lawn. 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