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things to do in may photo galeMay is a good month to finish your Spring To Do List, and start thinking about tackling your Summer To Do List.



  • Turn on your outdoor spigots and check your garden hoses for leaks.
  • Take a look at your deck or patio. Does your deck need to be repainted or refinished? Does your patio need new bricks or stones?
  • Wash and set out your outdoor furniture.
  • Inspect your pool after the long winter. Start getting it ready for the upcoming summer months.
  • We use our outdoor grill year round, but it’s a good idea in the spring to clean it and make sure you have enough propane or charcoal.
  • Mulch your shrubbery bed, and till and prepare your vegetable garden.
  • Memorial Day Weekend is a popular time in New England to buy your tomato plants for your home garden.
  • Take the cover off your outdoor air conditioning unit and open up your vents in your house. Test the central air conditioning system well before the first hot day of summer, or you may be surprised! Start thinking about putting your window air conditioners back in the windows.
  • Wash your windows, inside and out.
  • Buy sunscreen products and bug spray so you are ready for the summer months.
  • Go through your winter wool clothes and decide what is headed for the dry cleaners and what is headed to Goodwill.
  • In New England, May is a great month to start up your walking regimen.

Gale Crop 2011 jpegAbout the Author – When Gale is not working at home on her “To Do List”, she enjoys working with both Sellers and Buyers. Gale Spadafora is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy and can be contacted through her website at www.galespadafora.com.

fallNow that fall is upon us it is a good time to make a few household checks!

(✓)  Replace the batteries in your smoke & carbon detectors.  A good rule of thumb is when the time changes your batteries should be changed too!

(✓) Change your furnace filter.  Before you fire up your furnace for the winter, do not forget to replace the filter.  If the furnace is more than 5 years old, you might want to consider having it serviced by a licensed heating/plumbing contractor.  This will help your furnace run more efficiently & prolong the life of the equipment.


(✓) Turn off the water to the outdoor faucet.  Make sure you drain the water out of the pipes then turn off the water to your outdoor water source.  This should help eliminate any chance the pipes will freeze.

(✓)  Cover your air conditioner condenser. This will protect it from falling leaves & branches that could do significant damage.

(✓)  Check your emergency flash light batteries & make sure you have candles & matches available in case you lose power.

By following these simple tips you should be ready for whatever winter has in store.

About the Author: Sharon Potts is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and helps her clients stay prepared with her fall checklist.  Yo
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