CARUSO’S Spring Tips for Homeowners…. 

Clean gutters and downspouts. Having your home’s gutters and downspouts cleaned (and repaired if necessary) is one of the first important tasks to schedule this season. Clogged gutters during a rainy spring can cause water to pool, potentially damaging the roof and eaves.

 

Boost curb appeal. Spring is a wonderful time to make upgrades to your home’s exterior, and even small changes — like putting up bold house numbers and a shiny new mailbox — can make a big impact.
Wash windows. Welcome the spring sunshine by clearing dirt and grime from windows inside and out. After cleaning the glass, take an extra moment to wipe the sill, and enjoy the views.

Check screen doors and windows for tears. Before putting up window screens and screen doors, inspect each one for holes and rips — even small tears can let in insects! If you find any holes, pick up a screen patch kit (available at most hardware stores) and easily repair them.

Clear clutter. Create more space in your home by clearing out unloved items. If you have a lot to get rid of, set a date to hold a yard sale. Or contact a local charity to schedule a pickup — most will send a truck free of charge if you’re donating large items like furniture.
Schedule cooling-system maintenance. If you have central air conditioning, be sure to schedule professional maintenance before the start of summer. A properly maintained system cools better, uses less energy and lasts longer.
Clean the garage. Can you park your car in your garage? If not (or if it’s a tight fit), it may be time to make some more space. Clear out the junk, and schedule time to take unused paint, motor oil and other hazardous items to a recycling center that accepts them. Once your garage is cleaned out, consider adding wall-mounted or ceiling mounted storage to keep things neat and off the floor.

Maintain wood decks and fences.
Keep outdoor woodwork in top shape by staining or resealing each spring. Check gates, fencing, decks, railings, pergolas and other outdoor structures, and make repairs as needed.

Fiesta De La Caruso: Engagement Party


On Saturday, April 1st the Caruso family hosted a celebration for the engagement of their son, Phillip, and soon-to-be daughter in-law Michelle. There were tables lined with Mexican themed runners, chile cans filled with bright flowers and little tea candles.

Families and friends gathered in the backyard for congratulatory toasts, a fabulous Mexican buffet catered from Blue Agave and frosty beers and margaritas from the bar.

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Walking Trail: Salt Creek Beach


If you live in Monarch Beach (formally Dana Point) you know this local trail from Camino Del Avion to Salt Creek Beach and Strands Beach. As the weather is heating up, this is a perfect opportunity to grab your friend, family, dog, or bike and hit the trail. You will see the Monarch Coast Apartments community and various estates on the right and the Monarch Beach Golf Links on the left as you head to the beach. Wildlife surrounds this trail- you can spot lizards, birds and squirrels. Safe and beautiful, this trail is perfect for a weekend morning power walk or a sunset stroll.

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Check Sprinkler and Irrigation Systems


With the days lengthening and weather warming, spring is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects, like your sprinkler and irrigation systems. Checking these systems in the spring can save water—and save your plants. Here are some tips for checking your watering system:

  • Run the system through all the zones manually and walk the property.

 

  • Make sure none of the heads are broken or damaged.

 

  • Adjust any heads that are spraying the house, especially windows, as this can cause moisture problems.

 

  • Adjust heads that are spraying the street, sidewalk or porches to avoid wasting water.

 

  • If you don’t know how to maintain your sprinkler system, call a professional to do it. You’ll save money on your water bill and protect one of our most valuable natural resources.

 

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Your March Home Checklist


March can be unpredictable when it comes to the weather, but no matter what Mother Nature is doing outside your window, it’s natural to crave a fresh start this time of year.

  1. Plant a tree. Spring and fall are the best times to plant trees because wet weather and cooler temperatures make it easier for root systems to get established. Be sure to check with your local nursery to determine which species will do best in your microclimate.
  2. Inspect your home’s exterior. Once winter storms have passed, carefully inspect the exterior of your home for damage.
  3. Simplify the table. Cupboards feeling overstuffed? Simplify your life by paring back on dishes and glassware, letting go of mismatched and chipped pieces and sets you no longer love or use often.
  4. Spring-clean the kitchen. Clean small appliances; wipe grease and grime from the range hood, backsplash and light fixtures; clean grout; and vacuum hard-to-reach places (like under the stove) using an attachment.
  5. Clean slipcovers and soft furnishings. Smaller slipcovers and washable rugs can be laundered at home; drop off larger pieces with professionals.
  6. Get ready for tax time. Getting your ducks in a row this month will make things a lot less stressful. Sort through paperwork, update your files and gather all important documents in one place so you’re ready to go.
  7. Treat yourself to spring blooms. Spring flowers such as daffodils are plentiful and inexpensive this month, so keep an eye out for bargains.
  8. Make a garden plan. There’s still time to get your garden growing! Sketch out a plan and jot down ideas for this year’s plantings, as well as any ideas you have for changes to the hardscape, like putting in a new path or fence. Start some seeds indoors, or pick up seedlings at your local nursery.
  9. Clean up patio furniture. Outdoor furniture can get really grimy over the winter, so be sure to give everything a good scrubbing before you start using it for the season. Launder washable outdoor cushion covers, and replace worn-out pieces if needed.
  10. Tune up lawn and garden tools. Sharp tools get the job done. Take your lawn mower and clippers in for a sharpening and tune up before you begin work in your garden.

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