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  • Enhance your property’s landscaping with new flowers or shrubs.

  • Clean gutters; make sure they are flowing properly. 

  • Inspect roof for damaged shingles. 

  • Check flashing, and re-seal as needed. 

  • Renail any loose siding or trim boards. 

  • Check house and garage for any rotting wood, and repair as needed. 

  • Check porch flooring, and repair as needed. 

  • Check and replace any bad caulking around windows, doors, siding joints, or anywhere else needed. 

  • Scrape loose window glazing, and replace as needed. 

  • Clean windows and their frames when installing screens. Wash and repair screens at this time. 

  • Check caulk or seal between house and drive, and repair as needed. 

  • Trim trees, bushes, and shrubs. (Wait until spring-flowering shrubs have finished blooming.) 

  • Clean flower beds out around the house.

  • Have your property’s HVAC heating system inspected and cleaned. In addition, change all air filters on individual units to prolong the life of the system and maximize efficiency. 

  • Get a certified roof specialist to inspect the roofs of your properties for any damages or leaks.

  • Look for visible signs of carpenter ants, termites, or any other destructive insects. 

  • Check all flat roofs, and re-coat or seal as needed, especially flashing. 

  • Check for mortar that needs repair (including chimney mortar and inside fireplace,) and repair as needed. 

  • Check concrete driveway, sidewalks, patios, and landings for condition and level; patch cracks, level, and/or replace, as needed. 

  • Have chimney cleaned (yearly, if wood burning; every 5 years if just for gas appliances.) 

  • Check damper in fireplace for obstructions, such as birds' nests. 

  • Service air conditioners, whether you have window air conditioners or central AC, be prepared to make repairs and replacements.

  • Keep the grass trimmed regularly and maintain landscaping and increase watering for the hotter summer months. Consider mulching garden beds to help conserve water and spruce up your property.

  • Trim trees to keep weak or dying limbs from causing property damage during stormy weather.

  • Pressure wash and repair deck and patio spaces, and clean any common areas to remove dust, dirt, or grime.

  • Check weatherstripping on all doors and windows, and repair as needed. 

  • Check all areas that need to be caulked, and repair as needed. 

  • Make sure all garage floor or driveway drains are flowing properly. 

  • Clear gutters of leaves, check for leaks, and repair as needed. 

  • Inspect roof for loose or missing shingles, and check flashing seals; repair as needed. 

  • Clean and reseal decks, fences, or other structures made of pressure-treated wood. 

  • Prune bushes, trees, and shrubs (except spring-flowering shrubs.) 

  • Have furnace checked or tuned up, and change filter; have boiler checked every few years (every year if boiler is more than 20 years old.

  • Change the HVAC filters and perform any routine maintenance to be sure the heater works properly for the coming winter months.

  • Check the roof for leaks, obstructions, and wear and tear.

  • Clean the chimney, check the flue, and inspect the grate and fire-screen to prepare for cold weather.

  • Clean the gutters and down-spouts once again to remove any excess dirt or debris.

  • Update your flower beds and containers with plant varieties that can withstand cooler temperatures.

  • Clear your property of all dead leaves, weeds, and branches.

  • Blow-out and turn off sprinkler and irrigation systems.

  • At beginning of winter, shut off interior valves supplying outdoor water pipes to prevent them from freezing. 

  • Change furnace filters monthly. 

  • Repair any interior wall damage; touch up or repaint as needed. 

  • Check and re-grout tile in all bath and kitchen areas, as needed, and apply a silicone sealer. 

  • Add copper sulfate to basement floor drain and downspout drains to control tree roots in main sewer. 

  • Develop plan for next summer's home improvements. 

  • At winter’s end, re-open interior valves supplying outdoor water pipes.

  • Repair or replace any problematic HVAC systems now to avoid any issues as the season progresses.

  • If your building uses natural gas, be sure the furnaces are well-maintained and serviced. 

  • Clean gutters and address any concerns with the roof.

  • Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

  • Insulate water pipes near windows and doors to prevent them from freezing. 

  • Clear walkways of snow or ice, and salt surfaces to ensure residents are safe.

  • Properly winterize pools depending on your location. For those in the North, you’ll need to winterize your pipes or drain the pool altogether.

  • Ensure all trees have been properly maintained and trimmed to avoid any damage during a winter storm.

HLPM can help you with any of your seasonal property management or lawn care services for your residential and commercial properties. Reach out to us today to get your project started.


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