Is your home ready for winter? Take this quiz to find out!

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) Your home may be the biggest investment you will ever make.  Taking good care of it with regular maintenance is necessary to maintain its value and ensure it will provide a comfortable, safe shelter for you and your family for a long time.  AND if you’re thinking of getting your home ready for re-sale, this quiz will point you in the right direction to make sure your home is appealing and safe for new owners.

While this quiz doesn’t address every home maintenance project, it does provide helpful hints to get your house ready for the winter ahead.

Q:  How often do forced-air furnace filters need to be changed?

A: At least every  during the heating season.

Q: Why should noisy pipes be fixed right away?

A:  The condition that causes noisy pipes may be accompanied by vibration that can cause fittings to loosen and leak.

Q:  How often should your roof be checked?  Roof-Inspection

A.   A qualified roofer should inspect your roof every three years.

 

Q:  What is a simple solution you can use to wash extremely dirty exterior windows?

A:  A solution of equal parts vinegar and water or 3 tablespoons of denatured alcohol per quart of warm water.  Use a piece of crumpled newspaper to wash the glass to avoid lint left behind by paper towels.

Q:  What can you use to help a window slide easily?

A:  Rub the channel with a piece of paraffin.

Q:  What should you look for when inspecting your siding yearly?

A: Determine if wood-sided homes need to be repainted; check to see if the caulking around the windows and doors has split and cracked and replace the caulk; clean the mildew; trim shrubbery away so it doesn’t touch the siding.

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Q:  What is a simple solution you can use to wash extremely dirty exterior windows?

A:  A solution of equal parts vinegar and water or 3 tablespoons of denatured alcohol per quart of warm water.  Use a piece of crumpled newspaper to wash the glass to avoid lint left behind by paper towels.

Q.  What faucet part needs to be cleaned very three to four months?

A.  Aerator – the screen inside the end of the faucet.

Q.  What should be checked regularly on your security system?

A.  The alarms and circuit breakers should be checked to make sure they are in working order and the sensors should be inspected one by one.

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Daylight savings time will end on Sunday November 2.  That change is always a great reminder to check the batteries in your smoke detectors too!

This quiz is courtesy of the Greater Grand Rapids Home Builders Association (GGRHBA).  To learn more about them, and find professionals to help with your maintenance projects, please visit www.myGRhome.com .

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