Now that spring has arrived and we’ve been enjoying warm weather and clear skies, it’s time to begin your spring cleaning rituals. This year, instead of just vacuuming and dusting, we at Sterling Custom Homes want to remind you that performing spring home maintenance on your Austin luxury real estate is just as important as removing the dust from your baseboards and curtains. To help you begin the process, we’ve listed the areas of your home that you should address.

Smoke Detectors: Make sure that there is one on each floor of your home, inspect them monthly to see that they’re working and change the batteries as needed.

Light Bulbs: Examine the bulbs in all of your fixtures to see that they are working and are the correct wattage as recommended by the manufacturer. Also, replace high-intensity with fluorescent bulbs that don’t produce as much heat.

Electrical Outlets: Check all outlets for frayed wires, loose-fitting plugs or other fire hazards such as overloaded electrical outlets, fuse boxes and extension cords.

Fire Extinguisher: Locate your multi-purpose fire extinguisher to make sure it’s accessible, filled and ready for operation. If you don’t own one already, purchase one.

Air Conditioning System: Have a professional inspect your air conditioning system to make sure everything is in working order.

Roof: Check for damage to your roof. Also, clean gutters and downspouts of any accumulated debris.

Water Heater: Check for leaks and corrosion. Fix or purchase a new unit as needed.

Furnace: Clean or replace your furnace filter.

While you’re cleaning your home, if you’ve noticed that it no longer fits your needs contact us. With more than 20 years of experience we can help you design the home of your dreams based on your individual style and preferences.