9 home maintenance tasks you should do before spring

Though spring is still more than a month away, there are important tasks you can do around the house this month to prepare your home for the coming season.

“It’s vital to start on your ­winter-recovery checklist as soon as you start to feel the first shy breezes of spring blow in,” says Rob Morelli, chief executive of HomeKeepr.com, a referral network for home-service professionals.

These home maintenance tasks deserve your attention now, not later.

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10 bad habits that can cost homeowners in the long run

Every homeowner makes mistakes. gutter cleaningThe real trouble, however, starts when these blunders become habits that cost a lot of money over time. Some behaviors also create safety issues.

If you’re guilty of these bad habits, break them — pronto.

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