May 2017 Home Maintenance Tips

May 2017 Home Maintenance Tips for your East Texas House

May 2017 Home Maintenance Tips

We’ve been lucky so far with mild temperatures, but make no mistake—that summer heat is just on the horizon!  Be ready for summer with these end of Spring maintenance tips:

GARAGE PURGE — During this short spurt of mild temps is a great time to clean out the garage before it gets too hot. The garage is often a dumping ground for items that have no other place to call home. Be ruthless — get rid of all the things that need to go!  Stuff accumulates in the garage quickly, especially in summer months, so the more you purge now, the less clutter you’ll have later.

PERIMETER — This is especially important with all the recent storms we have had. Walk around your house and property to make sure there is not any damage.  Look for missing or damaged roof shingles, siding and flashing. Since we’ve had so much rain, be sure to pay attention to any potential drainage issues.  If you notice problems with pooling water or water seepage, correct it quickly before it turns into a bigger problem.

ROLL OUT THE WELCOME MAT — Summer BBQs, swimming and relaxing by the pool…ahhh, the days of summer!  High season for houseguests and parties is coming, so make sure your porch is a welcoming invite. It doesn’t have to be a big to do— a fresh welcome mat, a good sweeping and a pot of pretty blooms will do the trick!

TANKED — I don’t know about you, but I look forward to the first summer BBQ cookout every year. Be prepped and ready by checking the propane tank levels and cleaning the interior and exterior of the grill. There’s nothing worse than having the meat prepped and no gas to cook with!

DANG VARMINTS — The highly scientific term for squirrels, mice, raccoons, etc., in East Texas is “varmint,” and you don’t want them anywhere in your house. Perform a visual check around your house to check for any holes where they may be coming in. If there are any holes (and especially if the holes contain a pair of eyes looking back at you), figure out a way to get the varmint out and secure the opening asap. Critters in an attic can do a lot of damage and can be dangerous if they chew through the wrong wires—and the scuttling sounds are just plain creepy!

A little pre-summer home prep is much more pleasant before the triple digits hit.  Maintenance may not be the most fun activity, but it pays off with lower overall repairs for your home.

Lisa E. Priest is ready to heat up the grill and is a Palestine realtor with Picket Fence Realty, Inc. You can reach her via phone or text at 903-948-3343 or read more at


May 2017 Home Maintenance Tips