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Top 5 Cleaning Tips for your Home this Spring

04/25/2019 in Home Tips


Now that spring has arrived on the North Carolina coast, it’s safe to say it’s time for a little spring cleaning. As homeowners, you will always have things to do around your property during certain times of the year. Spring time is the best for many different tasks as you can get a head start for the summer months. If you are selling your home this summer, then doing these things this spring is essential to complete these maintenance tasks. Let’s look at our top 5 things to clean this spring around your home below.


Gutter Cleaning


 During the course of the fall and winter months, you may notice that your gutters are blocked with debris and gunk. While this is not a favorite for many homeowners this can save you money in the long run. Doing a good cleaning of the gutters will help you in the long run so that there is no damage to your roof. Having a good runoff away from your home will help keep the pooling of water from forming at the base of your home. This can be a danger when it freezes or can even cause extensive damage to the foundation of your home as it sits. Just grab a ladder, gloves and a water hose to clean up the gutters.


Clean the Dryer Vents 

One thing that many homeowners forget to do during their spring cleaning is cleaning the vents on your dryer. Having dirty dryer vents can cause fires and this is something that you don’t want to happen. Taking a look at the vents on both the dryer and where it leaves your home is going to be the key. This task will take less than a few minutes to make sure that the vents are clean and not dirty to help prevent a fire later down the road.


Get your Mower Ready

During the fall months it’s always a good idea to winterize your lawn equipment since the grass normally won’t grow much. Now that it’s spring time, it’s a good idea to make sure that you have your mower ready for the season. Check the spark plugs and cables and make sure that the blades are ready to cut the grass for the season. This can allow for a more evenly cut lawn without missing patches throughout the yard or having to go over the same spot a few times. It will also help save you money by getting the mower ready now rather than having to have it fixed later during the summer months.


Clean your Siding


During the fall and winter months, your home’s siding can take a beating. From the rain and cold weather, it can cause for a few things to collect on the side of your home such as dirt, dust and algae. This can make your home look dirty and unattractive and can increase the wear on the siding when it’s not cleaned for months or even years. This can be an easy clean up with a little soap, brush and water hose to get it cleaned up. Or to make things a little simpler than renting or purchasing a pressure washer can be a better investment for years to come.


Clean your Deck & Re-Stain It 

Part of a good spring cleaning of your home would be to clean the deck of the dirt, dust and grime and re-stain it. This can help give your deck a new look by pressure washing the deck and can help make the wood last longer. Re-staining your deck will also help protect against the rain, sun and other elements outdoors. If you have a screened in porch, then this can also help preserve the wood and last longer without having to replace pieces of the deck later down the road. There are so many different color stains or even sealants that you can choose from, so just head to the hardware store and choose the one you like.


While there are many other things you can do to clean during the spring time, we felt these are the best ones to tell you about. If you are thinking of placing your home for sale, we would love to help you and your family with the process. If you are in the search for a new home in Brunswick County, we can help you.  We look forward to helping you and your family find the next best home this year!    

Must Have Tools for your New Home

12/16/2018 in Home Tips

Owning your home can be an adventure in itself, but when something breaks you want to fix it yourself, rather than hiring someone else to take care of it. So, having your own tools is a must when you become a new homeowner and we know which ones to have. Luckily, you don't need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. We at Remax at the Beach know what tools you must have for your new home in order to help keep your home in order. 


Drills & Drill Bits

Having a multipurpose drill can be handy with a multiple of tasts around your home. From hanging up curtain rods to building a project in the garage, it's nice to have a battery powered drill in the house. And when it comes to having drill bits in the house, we know that these can be important for fixing things that may need some reinforcement. Getting a quality drill and drill bits can be found at just about any hardware store and sometimes you can find a good deal on one. 

Crescent Wrench - Adjustable

While many others may suggest you have a wrench set, we don't think you need to. The reason being is getting an adjustable crescent wrench will be just perfect. If you'd like to have a few that is better than spending a lot of money on a set that you won't use often. The adjustable wrench we like because you can adjust it to the size of the nuts or bolts that you will be working with in your home repairs. Some self-adjusting wrenches are self-ratcheting which means that you won't have to remove them from the bolt to tighten. 


Having more than one hammer in your home is ideal for every homeowner. You might want to get a heavyweight one that can handle the larger nails and the lightweight one for smaller projects. For most project just a basic hammer with the claw on the back is what you will need. We have found that having one inside you home and one in the garage is all you should need to complete any home project. From haning pictures on the walls to working on a new project for your home, having the right hammer is all you need. 


Many have seen others use a hacksaw in the movies to cut trees down in the forest, but having them in your home is good too. They are a good cutting tool that you can use that is larger than a utility knight and can get one for less than $20 at the hardware store. For some home projects that are good to have around in case you'd like to cut pipes (plastic or metal), tubing, wood, brackets, and bolts. It's a great tool to have around for those home projects that you may want to do. 

Variety of Hardware

Keeping a good selection of general purpose nails and screws on hand is what you want in your home. You can get a small organizer to store them in your garage or workshop. Having a good selection on hand can come in handy when you are working on a specific project, you know where to head. Plus, if it's clear then you can see if you are running low and need to grab more from the store. 

Utility Knife

Utility knives are always good to have throughout the home but kept away from children. They can be used for all sorts of things such as opening boxes, making precision cuts, scoring and so much more. Many homeowners like to keep a small supply of them and they aren't too expensive to replace either. But if you happen to get a good quality one, then you can just purchase replacement blades and hang onto the good ones for years to come. 

Step Stool & Ladder

As a homeowner you want to get a sturdy step stool that you can keep inside your home. We know that standing on a chair can be just as simple, but what if that chair isn't high enough to reach the light in the kitchen. Having a step stool will not only help you reach those lightbulbs or cobwebs in the corners, it will help keep you safe as well. Getting a good extension ladder is ideal for any outdoor project you may have. From cleaning the gutters to putting lights up during the holidays, having one in your home is just what you need. 


Yes, you may have your drill but sometimes a drill may not be needed for a certain project. So, having a set of screwdrivers is perfect for your toolbox and home. There are many different types of screwdrivers so make sure you have a Phillips, slotted or one that has interchangeable heads will do. No matter how big or small the project is, having a good quality screwdriver is necessary in any home. 

While there are many other tools that you can keep in your home for handy projects, these are the ones we thought would help get a good start on things. Having a few other items around the home such as safety gloves and eye protection are a must in any home! If you aren't a homeowner yet but have been thinking of purchasing one or a vacation home in the Ocean Isle Beach area, we are happy to assist you. We look forward to helping you find your next dream home today!