You’ve Bought Your First Home Now What?

You’ve did it!  You purchased your first home, but now as you sit in your fabulous home you’re feeling a little overwhelmed because of all of the “things” that come with owning a home.  You know what I’m talking about, the maintenance, the yard work, the furnace, etc.

While this can be completely overwhelming having a quarterly schedule of maintenance items to be done can really help.  I’m going to provide. you with a few tips for each quarter of the year to help you get started:

 

SUMMER 

Remove the lint from your dryer, dryer vent and vent hose.  According to the US Fire Administration approximately 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported each year and it is estimated that they cause five deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property losses.  In addition, failure to clean the dryer is the leading cause of home dryer fires in America.

Clean the exhaust fan in your kitchen.  You would be amazed at how greasy and icky they get over a year from all of the cooking that we do.

Check your dishwasher, around kitchen/bathroom cabinets and toilets to see if there are any leaks.

Seal your tile grout.

Prune trees and shrubs.

FALL

It’s time to rake your leaves and aerate your yard.

Have your trusted HVAC company come out and make sure your furnace is in proper order for the colder winter months.

Do touch up painting on the exterior and trim of your home.

Have your fireplace professionally inspected and have a chimney sweep come out.  Unfortunately I don’t think you’ll be on any adventures with Bert from Mary Poppins when they do come out.

Drain and store your hoses, and also drain your sprinkler system.  You don’t want spring to roll around and find out you have broken pipes.

WINTER

Cover your A/C unit.

Inspect your roof, gutters and downspouts after any major storms.  Left over leaves, and pine needles can clog them after major storms and create problems for you the next time it rains.

Clean the drains in your kitchen sink, bathroom sink, bath tubs and showers.  It’s amazing how much hair can wind up going down the drain and start to clog things up.

SPRING

Change your A/C filters in preparation for the warmer days that are ahead.

Clean windows and screens.

Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Fertilize your yard

 

Keep in mind that this list doesn’t include all of the items you can do to keep your new home in tip top shape it does hopefully give you good start.

 

Time To Get Your Scare On!!!

Halloween is Saturday and one of the big Halloween events is Haunted Houses.  I know they’ll look different this year but here is a list of some amazing Portland area Haunted Houses that you can check out and get your scare on:

The Fear PDX

ScareGrounds PDX

13th Door Haunted PDX

Creatures of the Night

Sauvie Island Haunted Corn Maze

Please note that many of these haunted houses do require tickets to get in because of COVID and some of them are close to selling out for this weekend.  Hopefully you’ll be able to find somewhere to get your scare on at.

Who’s ready for Halloween Costumes?

They appear out of nowhere. One minute you walk into a sports store and the next, there it is- a Halloween costume shop. Here’s a list of where they’re at around Westside:

Near Safeway
2605 SE Tualatin Valley Hwy
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Near Target & Best Buy
2760 NW Town Center Dr
Hillsboro, OR 97006
Former Storables
3195 SW Cedar Hill Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005
Former Orchard Supply Hardware
10860 SW Barnes Rd
Portland, OR 97225
Former Office Depot
7255 SW Dartmouth Rd
Tigard, OR 97223
What are you going to be for Halloween?