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Annual Spring Maintenance

By Melissa Dorman, May 3, 2019

Spring is officially here! With the temperatures rising and the market beginning to buzz it’s a good time to make sure your home is ready for the warmer months to come and in tip top shape.


Maintenance Project Area you can’t Neglect


Here are a few annual maintenance projects to keep your home in mint condition.


#1 Inspect your AC

Knowing your AC is working efficiently is a good place to start. Finding out these things with the help of experts from a  are out-of-order and need maintenance on the first 90 degree day of the year is never fun.

For around $100 to $200, a HVAC technician from an ac repair service will service your cooling system to make sure you’re getting your manufacturer rated efficiency. Things like dirty filters force your machine to work harder and use more energy. Forcing you to spend extra money.

Note: Make sure your technician is licensed and follows the protocol and standards of the  ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America).


#2 Set and Forget – Thermostat

Taking a moment to program and check your thermostat may seem obvious. Though many of us don’t realize the real benefit of this consistency. According to Energy Star you may save as much as $180 annually.


#3 Seal the Cracks

Oh the wonders of caulk…. Gaps around windows and doors let the cool air you’re paying for escape. If you are noticing gaps wider than a nickel it’s time to reapply exterior caulk. While you’re at it, take a moment to check doors for potential weather-stripping replacement needs. If you can see daylight around or under your door this would be something to consider.

This maintenance will save you money on your energy bill this summer, but will also be one less thing on your list come winter.


#4 Clean out the Gutters

As the battle with Maple-tree seed “helicopters”, pine needles, and decomposed leaves continues, we must keep fighting the good fight. Many people don’t realize these things may be even worse in the Spring than in the fall. Depending on the size and layout of your home costs may very though 200 linear feet of gutters on a standard two-story home will likely cost around $100 to $250 per cleaning.


#5 Roof

Please, please, please no hospital visits.

Come Spring it becomes easier to notice dark streaks or stains blighting your roof. These dark spots commonly point to an algae problem. Moss and Algae are not simple cosmetic imperfection. They can cause shingles to curl, lift, and even blow off in harsh weather conditions. Both problems can be eradicated with special sprays made with enzymes that eat/ kill the moss and algae. Scrapping or power washing can actually damage the shingles and should be avoided. Oh and while you’re up there: check and clean your roof drains or scuppers to avoid water pooling or additional damage.


Zoe Spring is a Licensed Broker with Yascha Group at Living Room Realty in Portland, OR.  Follow Yascha Group  on Facebook.

Melissa Dorman

Broker | OR & WA


Ten years ago, Melissa was living in a slum in Kolkata, India, helping over 200 women escape sex trafficking by providing alternative work at a social business. It was there she discovered her passion for financial education as a means of empowering people to move out of poverty. After graduating from UCLA with a Masters, Melissa spent 5 years working as a Social Worker; assisting clients facing homelessness, in jail, or at a psychiatric facility. As much as she loved the work, imagining saving for retirement on the meager salary of a social worker was becoming grim. That's when Melissa discovered "passive income." In no time, she fell in LOVE with real estate as a vehicle for wealth. Soon after, Melissa began locating off-market multi-family properties to purchase through creative financing strategies and win-win opportunities. Two years into investing, Melissa quit her day job as a Social Worker to become a full-time broker and investor. Initially, she was drawn to people in difficult circumstances, so she developed extensive experience assisting families facing foreclosure, short sales, and probate. Melissa is well versed in helping her clients overcome complex real estate challenges. Currently, Melissa is teamed up with Super Broker, Yascha Noonberg at Living Room Realty. Together they assist clients to achieve their real estate dreams, including how to strategically buy and sell a personal residence to maximize profits. Far from the slums of Kolkata, her greatest passion now is empowering other working professionals to develop passive forms of income through buying multi-family properties in Portland.
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