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Real estate repairs a springtime priority

Fix smoke detectors, windows, furnace filters while weather permits

The sun is starting to shine brighter and you're beginning to get anxious to get out there and do something. One way you can do yourself and your house a favor is spend a day touring around outside, and make a list of projects that have been necessitated by winter's harsh presence. Here are some suggestions for your spring checklist: Windows: The bugs are coming, and so is the warm weather. Check each window screen for damage, and repair or re-screen them as necessary. Use a shop vacuum to clean out window tracks so windows move freely, than clean the exterior glass and frames. This is also a good time to check wood windows and wood trim for damage that requires repair or repainting. Decks: Wood decks can take a real beating during the winter. Make a slow and thorough examination of deck boards, railings, posts, stairs, and other structural members, and look for loose fasteners, cracks, dryrot, or other damage. Remove loose nails (hammering them back in won't do any good) and repla...

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