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Spring is a Great Time to Think About Home Maintenance

Updated: Mar 14

The weather is starting to get warmer, so now is an excellent time to start thinking of not just spring cleaning, but also spring home maintenance.

Walk the exterior of your home and look for any problem areas that may need general maintenance as well as areas that may have been damaged over the winter months and need to be repaired.

Here are a few things that you can do to prepare your home for the great summer days!

Inspect the Roof

You can start by examining the roof using binoculars and cameras that can maybe identify any apparent issues.

If you notice problems from a quick observation, you will want to have your roof inspected by a professional to learn how extensive the damage might be and the cost.

Now is the time to discover any issues that could prove to be a bigger problem down the road with heavy summer rains.

Check the Attic

Check the attic for signs of any leaks, check the insulation, and for proper ventilation.

Check Exterior Walls

Inspect the exterior walls looking for trouble spots. Also, look at the eaves and near gutter downspouts. If there are water stains, this typically indicates that your gutters are not containing the water running off the roof.

If you have wood siding, check for any openings, or damaged areas that need to be repaired. These can be great places for carpenter ants, woodpeckers, and other critters to nest in or burrow through.

Repaint the exterior if needed.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

If you are comfortable on a ladder, it's time to check the gutters for debris and clean them before Spring rain hits hard and you have water backing up into your eaves or foundation.

Examine your downspouts to ensure that they are not damaged and that they are redirecting water away from your property.

Check Windows, Window Screens, and Doors

Check the caulking and weather stripping around the windows and doors. Any leakage will admit warm summer air and let the cooled indoor escape. Repair any damaged window screens to keep the bugs out.

Reseal Any Exterior Wood Structures

If you have woodwork around your home, it probably requires some sort of maintenance after the winter. Evaluate your fencing, decks, and exterior wood features for any damage and needed repairs.

You will want to look for things like wood rot and consider resealing the wood. Any areas with wood rot will want to be examined for the cause, and then removed and replaced as needed.

Check Concrete Surfaces Such As Driveways, Patios, and Walkways For Cracks

Whether you are dealing with concrete or asphalt, temperature changes from cold to warm tend to make these materials contract putting pressure on the materials.

Walk around your property and check for any problem areas such as small cracks that require them to be filled and sealed or areas that may need to be repaired.

Schedule Your Air Conditioner Service and Cleaning

Do not wait for the hottest day of the year to find out that your AC system fails. AC maintenance service should be done at least once a year to find and fix issues when they’re still small and to ensure the system keeps running.

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