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Keep Your Home in Shape with this Spring Maintenance Checklist

by Nate Martinez

Keep Your Home in Shape with this Spring Maintenance Checklist

Summer will be here before you know it so now’s a good time to invest in home maintenance that will save you money in the long run. Keep your home in shape with this spring maintenance checklist that will help protect your investment.

Plumbing: Snake and clean all tub, shower and sink drains as necessary to avoid costly plumbing problems.

HVAC: Check heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, filters and change to keep your system running at maximum efficiency. If necessary, have an HVAC professional inspect and maintain your air conditioning system.

Appliances: Clean your dishwasher screen to get rid of trapped food particles that can block water flow and affect efficiency.

Sprinklers: Blow out your sprinkler systems and restart outdoor water sources before it heats up.

By keeping up with all the different moving parts of your home, you'll increase the value of your home and save money on more costly repairs later. If you’d like more information about spring home maintenance or if you’re in the market to sell your home or buy a home in Peoria, Glendale, Phoenix or the surrounding areas, please contact the Nate Martinez Team today!

With Appreciation,

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals

602-430-5226
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www.NatesLuxuryHomes.com
Nate@NatesHomes.com

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5 Tips for Hiring Home Maintenance Pros

by Nate Martinez

5 Tips for Hiring Home Maintenance Pros

If you don't have the expertise or time to handle these tasks, hiring a professional can help you stay on top of things. Here are quick tips on how to hire a contractor or service professional from Katherine Hutt, director of communications with the U.S. Better Business Bureau.

1.) Ask friends and family for references. After you have some names to work with, look the providers up on BBB.org to check their rating for complaints against the business. The more research you do, the more questions you'll know to ask — especially if online reviewers have called out specific issues, Hutt says.

2.) Make sure you read bids and contracts thoroughly. Don't let anyone pressure you to sign on the spot. If you don't understand something, ask for clarification. The bigger the project, the more important it is to take time to review contracts (or have your lawyer do it).

3.) Know the difference between an estimate and a contract. Provide a spec sheet of what services or products you want so you can compare bids. When it's time to put things in writing, request a contract that details the provider's warranties, payment schedule, line item list of each service being performed, and a timeline of completion.

4.) Don't pay for projects upfront. This is especially true of major remodeling projects. Hutt recommends that you structure payments in three parts: one-third upfront (as a deposit), one-third halfway through, and the final one-third after completion.

5.) Protect yourself from subcontractors and suppliers. Add a clause in your contract requiring the contractor to pay all subcontractors and suppliers prior to final payment. Otherwise, those companies or individuals may come after you (the homeowner) for payment and put a lien on your house, Hutt warns.

If you need assistance finding a home maintenance pro, please contact the Nate Martinez Team and we’ll be happy to provide you a referral from our recommended vendor list.

With Appreciation,

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals

602-430-5226
www.NatesHomes.com
www.NatesLuxuryHomes.com
Nate@NatesHomes.com

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