Spring has finally sprung. And while you definitely deserve to kick back and relax a bit after a long winter, springtime also has its share of rolling up your sleeves and getting some work done around the house. If you’d like to keep your home in tip top shape through the summer months, there are a few spring maintenance jobs that should be done now.
Here are our seven spring home maintenance tips to help you get ready for the season:
- Clean out your gutters and downspouts
A lot of leaves and other debris can build up in your gutters over the fall and winter. As a result, water may not drain away efficiently from your home. This can lead to water damage. Be sure to take some time to inspect and clean gutters or contact a service that can do this for you.
- Inspect the roof
Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements. Look for any signs of cracking or warping of shingles. Areas around the chimney, vents and skylights should also be checked. For areas that you cannot see from the ground, it is recommended that you hire a licensed roofer to do the inspection and make repairs if necessary.
- Check seals around doors and windows
Over the colder winter months, seals around doors and windows can become hard, loosen or crack. Make repairs to damaged areas as required. If you want to keep your air conditioning expenses in check, it is important to make sure all that cold air (and money) is not just going out the window.
- Check screens of doors and windows
Spring is a lovely time to get the air in your home circulating by opening doors and windows. But what you don’t want is bugs – so make sure the screens are free from any holes and tears.
- Inspect sidewalks and driveways
Freezing and thawing can take its toll on asphalt and concrete. Take some time to inspect walkways and your driveway for damage and then schedule repairs if needed.
- Service your air conditioner
You may not be using your AC just yet, but before you know it, the temperature is going to climb and you’ll be happy to have your air conditioner in good working order. Have a licensed HVAC technician inspect and service your air conditioning unit about a month before you anticipate having to use it.
- Clean your fireplace
If your home has a working wood fireplace, now is the ideal time to clean out (completely cool) ashes and logs. Remember to protect your hands with gloves and tarp the area around your fireplace. Do not try to clean the inside of your chimney as this should only be done by a professional chimney sweep.
During our years as real estate agents, we have gotten to know and trust many great contractors and professionals who can help you with your home’s spring maintenance. If you need a referral to help you with any of the spring maintenance jobs listed above, then give us a call today.