Home Maintenance

Must-Do September Home Maintenance

Today on the show Dave and Robert talk about must-do home maintenance projects before the arrival of fall. See the short list of tasks below and listen to the show for all the details.

Must-Do September Home Maintenance
  1. Check your walkways for cracks or loose paver material. Fix any damage before cold weather sets in. An icy and damaged walkway is a recipe for disaster.

  2. Pressure wash your home.

  3. Inspect your home’s siding and trim for any damage.

  4. Check for leaking or dripping faucets.

  5. Check that your windows are sealed tightly before cold weather sets in.

  6. Sweep the chimney if you have one!

  7. Change your air filter and tune up your furnace.

  8. Care for your lawn mower. Change the air filter, oil and fill the tank with a gas preservative mixture.

  9. Clean your gutters to prevent ice damns and water damage.

  10. Now is a perfect time (and temperature) to recondition your deck or patio.

  11. If you’ve been thinking of replacing your old grill all summer, but haven’t gotten around to it, now might be the perfect time. Most grills will be on sale!

Maintenance Tasks to Complete in November

It's finally starting to feel a little bit like fall in the Grand Valley, so on today's show Dave and Robert are talking about easy maintenance tasks to complete by the end of November. These tasks are very simple, easy and affordable! See the checklist below and listen to the show for more details and advice!

  1. Change the batteries on your smoke detectors.
  2. Take precautions to block out pest.
  3. Check weatherstripping around windows, trim, vents, siding and doors.
  4. Check walkways, railings, stairs and driveways for winter safety.
  5. Perform a radon test.
  6. Do a pre-Thanksgiving plumbing check.
  7. Give your garbage disposal a good cleaning before you big Thanksgiving party.
  8. Make sure your furnace is in good working condition for the winter.
  9. Clean your gutters and any debris away from your downspouts.

Must-Do September Home Improvement & Maintenance Projects

Today on the show Dave and Robert talk about some crucial home improvement and maintenance tasks to get done this fall and save yourself major money down the road! These are easy tasks to check off your list that will ensure you won't have major repairs in the future. As always see the short list below and listen to the show for added tips from Robert and Dave.


Home Maintenance Projects to Complete in September

  1. Check your walkways for cracks and concrete damage.
  2. Clean and repair the siding on your home.
  3. Examine and repair any leaking faucets.
  4. Make sure all windows are sealed correctly.
  5. Change your air filters and check your furnace.
  6. Go out to the shed and service your yard maintenance equiptment

Home improvements that are perfect to do in September

  1. Redo your back decking--now is actually the perfect time of year!
  2. Install a pool--you might get a great discount this time of year! We recommend giving Chad at Rimrock Pools a call.

Budget Friendly Ways to Improve Your Home Value

We've rounded up some budget friendly ways to improve your home value for this week's show. Get the short list below, then listen to the show for all the details with Robert & Dave + some upcoming football season banter and real estate market updates for the end of summer. Don't miss James from Fidelity Mortgage & Barbara Traylor Smith from Retirement Outfitters who also weigh in on improving home value.


Budget Friendly Ways to Improve Your Home Value

  1. Tune up home systems
  2. Power wash your home's siding
  3. Update your curb appeal
  4. Prune your trees and bushes
  5. Give your house a fresh coat of paint--inside and out
  6. Replace your front door with a steel entry door
  7. Update your kitchen cabinets with a coat of paint or new knobs

10 Ways to Make Spring Cleaning a Little More Fun (Really!)

Spring has officially arrived in the Grand Valley and along with it comes your annual spring cleaning. Usually we don't think of cleaning as fun, but we've dug up ten ways to help make it just a little more fun. Use these tips and the cleaning will hopefully fly by!

Listen as Robert and Dave put their own spin on these tips, or see a quick list of the ideas below.

  1. Make cleaning a game: This one especially works if you have kids. Get creative here!
  2. Use vodka: Did you know vodka is a great disinfectant and household cleaner? Plus a few Moscow Mules might make the cleaning a little easier to get through!
  3. Use cleaning as an excuse to go shopping: Cleaning out your closest of unworn clothes gives you an opportunity to go shopping as a reward! 
  4. Listen to music, an audio book or podcast: This is a welcome distraction to the task at hand. Your cleaning will fly by!
  5. Plan a party or event: Use this as an incentive to get your house clean.
  6. Play chemist with your cleaning supplies: There are a ton of ways you can make all natural cleaning products and you'll have a little more fun doing it!
  7. Make your cleaning a workout: If getting some exercise is your motivation, why not use it to get you cleaning?
  8. Upcycle your old clutter: Give your old items new life! Old shirts into pillows, a coat of paint on old furniture, etc.
  9. Create your own rewards system: Do what you need to do! Whether it's chocolates, going to a movie or extra nap time, use this to motivate you!
  10. Build a campfire: A fun way to get rid of your hold documents!

11 Easy & Must Do Home Improvements to Make Before Selling Your Home

Dave and Robert go over 11 easy home improvement you should do before putting your home on the market. See the short list below and then listen to the show for more details.

  1. Spruce up your curb appeal.
  2. Pay special attention to your floors.
  3. Check windows & doors and fix any problems.
  4. Wash your walls or give them a quick coat of paint.
  5. Clean your cabinets.
  6. Give your appliances a face lift if necessary.
  7. Update your lighting.
  8. Step up your storage.
  9. Spiff up your kitchen and/or bathroom.
  10. Depersonalize your home.
  11. Stage your home.

Preparing Your Home & Your Landscaping for Spring

Listen to this week's show for tips to help you get your home and landscaping ready for spring. If you're thinking of selling your home, use this checklist to get your home in tip top shape before it's listed! And even if you're not thinking of selling, it's important to get these checked off the list and keep your home maintained to avoid costly repairs.