Blog by Michele Ronsisvalle
Have you noticed that everything needs maintenance whether it be your vehicle, body, relationship or home? The Florida sun, wind and rain can wreak havoc on a home and the pleasant, sunny days make spring an ideal time to take care of those items that might need a little attention. Here’s a list of things that will help you get started and give you a leg up when it comes time to put your house on the market for sale or just make sure it’s in tip top shape throughout the year.
Change the a/c filters (this should actually be done monthly in the summer, quarterly in winter)
Have the a/c serviced by a professional and install a float switch if the system doesn’t have oneXLLM
Clean the exhaust for the clothes dryer (cleaning the filter inside the machine after every cycle will help)
Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly, replace the batteries
Check that all electrical outlets do not have frayed wires or loose fitting plugs and ensure they are not overloaded
Check the water heater for leaks and corrosion
Make sure the plumbing fixtures and pipes under cabinets are not leaking.
Replace burned out light bulbs in fixtures with wattage recommended by manufacturer. Flourescent bulbs produce less heat but it’s been determined they are very bad for your health.
Make sure the fire extinguisher is filled and tested for proper operation
Re-caulk around baseboards, crown mould and windows/sills
Check to see if bathtubs and sinks need re-caulking or re-grouting. Cracks could allow water intrusion and mold growth.
Check the roof to ensure there are no missing or damaged shingles or tiles. Make sure the flashing is secure, replace rotted facia and missing or damaged soffit.
Trim trees and bushes away from roof, house and utility wires and remove dead/diseased trees. Fertilize the lawn.
Clean out gutters. Reattach those that have pulled away from the house. Run a hose on the roof and check that they are draining properly.
Check the exterior paint on a stucco house. Small hairline or wider cracks could allow water intrusion and eventual rotting. Pressure wash siding to prevent mold growth.
Make sure wood decking, railings and stairs are secure and properly painted and sealed.
Inspect caulk around all windows and re-caulk if deteriorating
Clean screens and check for holes. Patch holes and save old screens for future patching needs. Wind can damage frames and screens that are left to blow around so tighten or repair the frames and hardware and lubricate door hinges.
Check sprinkler system for leaks and repair missing or broken sprinkler heads.
Make sure the pool pump is free of leaks.
If you need a handyman to help with any minor items give me a call and I will recommend some great ones. Of course, if you have someone fabulous that you would like to share please email me.
“Magic May” is almost here so if you or anyone you know needs to sell or buy please give me a call and I promised to give them world-class service with excellence.
Happy Spring Maintaining!
Lake Nona, Fla. (January 19, 2016) – On Saturday, January 16, 2016, hundreds of talented students competed in the Central Regional of the Florida Science Olympiad at Lake Nona High School. Schools were made up of teams from Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. Stockworth Realty was a lead sponsor and created the Stockworth Innovation Award which was presented to the overall winners in both middle and high school, as well as a special award to the 26 winning student teams. Lake Nona Institute Education Director, Mark Hayes, and Stockworth Luxury Advisor, Justin Pekarek, were honored to present all the awards to the talented investors.
Science Olympiad is a rigorous, premier science competition in the nation where students compete in groups of 2 or 3 in events made up of various subject area tests, lab events and engineering challenges. Science Olympiad’s line-up of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices. Across the country, thousands of elementary, middle and highs school students competed in “academic track meets” for a chance to represent their school at the national tournament. Continue reading ..
FOX NATIONAL NEWS COMES TO ORLANDO, FLORIDA AND SHOWCASES LUXURY HOMES
Bob Massi of The Property Man tours luxury homes with Isleworth/Stockworth President Mark Hayes
Windermere, Fla. (January 10, 2016) – The second season of Fox News networks’ The Property Man show, featuring celebrity Bob Massi, came to Florida. The premier show was filmed in Las Vegas and for this Florida season, the Fox team toured Orlando among a few other major cities including Miami and Tampa. Orlando will have the most coverage on The Property Man, with the FOX team touring Lake Nona and Isleworth with Mark Hayes.
Mark Hayes, President of Isleworth and Stockworth Realty, is interviewed by Bob Massi on four segments, showcasing the Isleworth Golf & Country Club community and touring four luxury homes.
Bob Massi has been with the FOX News Channel (FNC) Continue reading ..