Seven Spring Home Maintenance Projects
There’s no doubt about it – the long, grueling winter months can be hard on our homes and lawns. Most of the state experienced heavy rain and snowfall for several weeks this winter, so it’s especially important to start some maintenance as we head into the warmer months. Check these off your home maintenance to-do list:
- Inspect your roof.
They say the roof is your first line of defense against water damage. So, whether you have shingles, tin, or concrete tiles, it’s the time to inspect and repair any water damage. By delaying this task, you could be facing water damage inside your home.
- Clear gutters and downspouts.
Without sufficient drainage, your home may take on water in the lower level. Prevent this from happening by clearing out gutters and ensuring they’re securely affixed to the house. If debris is clogging up a downspout, shoot a stream of water through it with a hose to clear the blockage.
- Ensure windows are properly sealed.
If you’re experiencing air and water leakage, the caulking around your windows could be in poor condition. This isn’t ideal when facing spring rains and summer heat. So, re-caulking windows can help you avoid them, and – if you noticed condensation over the winter – consider replacing the windows entirely.
- Clean your air conditioner.
Over time, dust and debris can collect on your air conditioning unit and negatively impact its performance. Vacuum up those dust particles and replace its filter. Another option is to have a professional look over your AC unit and clean the coils to keep it running efficiently.
- Rake the lawn and clean the front porch.
Raking leaves isn’t just a fall activity. If there’s any leftover leaves and branches from the autumn season, make sure to clean your yard, before it ruins the grass. You should also give your front door a thorough sweep, so it looks fresh for the spring season.
- Prep outdoor furniture.
Wash off and clean your outdoor furniture items to remove any build up dust and insects. With metal furniture, lookout for any rust or eroded paint. Repair any problem areas with a layer of spray enamel. This will protect your furniture from becoming increasingly harmed by humidity, rain, etc.
- Maintain lawn equipment.
Before you know it, you’ll be outside under the warm summer sun mowing the lawn once again. But before that happens, clean your equipment, and make sure your blades are sharp. If you’re in need of a new piece of equipment, start researching different models now and keep your eyes open for sales.
Seasonal maintenance of your home will help protect and maintain your home’s value, while also avoiding costly and unexpected repairs.
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