5 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Spring
Prepare Your Home for the Coming Months
Although it may not feel like it just yet, the spring season will soon be upon us. With spring comes the inevitable feeling to spring clean, to make our homes sparkle from the inside out. Along with cleaning and dusting, there are a few home maintenance tasks you should add to your spring checklist that can help ensure everything around your home is in working order.
Review the roof
The roof can take a battering in the winter months with high winds and rain. Now is the time to ensure your roof is in good condition and make any repairs necessary. Replace any missing or damaged shingles and inspect the flashing around the chimney.
Clean out the gutters
Spring showers mean that we need to clean out the gutters, removing debris and leaves, to prevent any blockages. If there is a blockage, the water can start to seep into the attic and cause water damage, and the gutter could crack. Ensure the downspouts are also directing water away from the home’s foundation.
Look for leaks
Check that there are no leaks coming through the roof and that there are no dripping pipes around the house and in cupboards. Not only could you prevent water damage by catching a leak early on, but you help to save on utility bills when fixing leaking pipes.
Check seals around windows and doors
Cold temperatures can cause seals around windows and doors to loosen, harden, and crack. Inspect these areas for damage and make repairs as needed. This will, in turn, help to reduce summer cooling costs and keep water out of your home.
Replace your HVAC filter
Replacing the filter for your HVAC is one tip that should be done on a regular basis. Many experts recommend that you do this around every four to six weeks, depending on the type of furnace and how often you use it. Staying on top of this task throughout the year can drastically help prolong the life of your unit and allow it to run more efficiently.
Test your smoke alarms
Check your smoke alarms and CO detectors every month and replace their batteries as required. It’s not expensive, takes only a few minutes, and can save you from harm by ensuring early detection of fire or smoke.
Check your fire extinguisher
If you have a fire extinguisher at home, make sure that it’s complete, easily accessible, and in proper condition. Also, make sure to replace it if it’s past the expiration date.
Examine your siding
Take a trip around your house and look for any signs of siding damage. Repair any sections that are worn out or have cracks. Any peeling or loose paint should be scraped, sanded, and repainted.
Inspect your foundation
If your house is made of bricks, make sure to inspect the mortar and check for any cracks that need to be fixed. Inspect the walls and floor of your basement for cracks and other damage, and get them fixed immediately.
As a homeowner, it may seem like there is always something to do around the house. However, your property will be better prepared for spring by following these nine tasks.
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