24 East Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah, GA 31401

323-236-3715 (cell) 912-233-6609 (office)

Justin Hart

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Exterior Maintenance

  • Check the foundation for cracks; caulk around the areas where masonry meets siding, where pipes or wires enter the house, and around the windows and door frames.
  • Inspect exterior walls for any peeling or blistering paint on the house or outbuildings. 
  • Have a licensed, certified roofing professional check the condition of your roof. 
  • After the last leaf falls, clear out the gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect joints and tighten brackets. Point downspouts away from the foundation.
  • Examine your pool cover for damage and replace if necessary.
  • Weather-strip your garage door, making a tight seal between your garage door and the ground.
  • Inspect your driveway for cracks. Clean out and repair any damage with driveway filler, then coat with a commercial sealer.

Interior Maintenance

  • Check for proper sealing and insulation on all windows and doors, and apply weather stripping and caulk where it's needed.
  • Have a licensed heating contractor check your heating system, including ducts and furnaces.
  • Examine your wood stove or fireplace insert's door gasket for a tight seal. Clean and inspect the glass door for cracks and have a licensed chimney sweep clean the chimney. 
  • Change the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft to redistribute warm air from the ceiling.
  • Check that the attic is insulated, ventilated, and critter-free. 
  • Test and changethe batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and keep extra household batteries on hand.
  • Clean your humidifiers regularly during the heating season to avoid bacteria and spore growth. 

Yard and Garden

  • Rake the lawn, reseed patchy areas, and plant spring flowering bulbs.
  • Trim any tree limbs that interfere with power lines or might break under the weight of snow and ice. 
  • Fertilize the lawn with a high phosphorous mix to ensure healthy grass in the spring. 

Porch and Deck

  • Check the supports, stairs and railings on porches and decks. Make sure the handrails can support someone slipping on snow or ice.
  • Clean outside furnitureand barbecues, check for any needed repairs, then cover and store in a protected area.