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Briana Hartzell USAA's avatar User  Briana Hartzell USAA PCS | ‎05-04-2017 08:00 AM

May the 4th Be With You: Keeping Your Home a FORCE to be Reckoned With

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What better way to celebrate your love for your favorite galaxy far, far away than making sure your Millennium Falcon-I mean- home, is ready to lead the Resistance this spring? These Star Wars© quotes will help get you motivated to perform the necessary upkeep and may inspire your inner nerd to do something different to commemorate May 4th (May the 4th be with you)…

 

 

Remember you don’t need to do all of these tasks Solo…be sure to ask for a Hans….

 

"Ahh, hard to see, the Dark Side is."- Yoda

It is also hard to see your roof and gutters. It is important to inspect for any winter damage your roof may have suffered and to make sure when the spring rains come there are no leaks! This is a great time to clean out and check out your gutter system to ensure it is free of debris so that water can flow properly away from the house.

 

The weeds in my yard, if they could speak, would be quoting Obi Wan Kenobi,

“You can’t win, Darth. Strike me down, and I will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.”

Spring is the time to begin the battle with weeds and unwanted plant growth.  Here are some tips for plant maintenance.

 

It will be hotter Tatooine than before you know it. Service your air conditioning unit – you don’t want to be caught sweating when the first hot day arrives and your AC isn’t functioning properly. Cut away all vegetation around AC unit, and replace or clean the filters (don’t forget about the air filters in the house too).

 

Darth Vader (A New Hope): “I’ve been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master.”

Don’t allow the dark side to tamper with your water bill by ignoring damaged sprinklers. Check for leaks, cracked connections and make the necessary adjustments to your watering system.

 

“Do. or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

Take time to check out your window conditions. Wash windows to let in spring sunlight- and before it gets too hot, consider installing UV coating on exposed windows. The coating will help keep temperatures inside low, when the sun is shining directly on your windows!

 

Yoda (The Empire Strikes Back): “Judge me by my size, do you?”

Don’t underestimate pests and bugs because of their small size- they can do some big damage. Now is the time to check for termites near foundations, wasps and hornets in your eaves and ants in your pantry.

 

“In my experience there is no such thing as luck.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

Keeping your home is good shape means putting in the time and effort to keep the force strong.

 

Thank you for allowing me to share my love of Stars Wars© along with my passion for sharing helpful tips to make life easier.

 

Do you have a favorite installment of the Star Wars© movie franchise? How are you preparing your home for Spring? Share you feedback below!

 

May the 4th be with you and your home!

 

About the Blogger: Briana Hartzell is a Navy spouse, mother to two beautiful girls (3 years and 1 year), a former full time USAA employee and a graduate of Texas A&M University. Briana writes at Being Briana, a blog focused on the joys that military life and parenthood can bring.

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