As winter gives way to spring, homeowners begin to think about warm weather and all of the things they would like to do. Caring for the home should be part of that list because there are certain tasks that need to be taken care of for summer. Some of these tasks will help reduce the cost of homeowners insurance while others just keep your home looking good.
Inspect the Roof
One of the first things to do is to inspect your roof. Make sure the weight of snow and ice hasn’t caused any damage. Look for broken, missing or bent shingles. Replace these shingles so your roof doesn’t start leaking. Check around the eaves, windows and other areas to make sure the area is tight and there are no leaks. You’ll also want to look in the attic for dampness or other signs of leaks.
Clean Out Gutters
Make sure your gutters are clean from any tree limbs, leaves or other debris that may have accumulated over winter. Check that the runoff is far away from the foundation so that the walls of your home don’t start leaking.
Have AC Maintained
Contact an HVAC professional to inspect your air conditioning system. You want to make sure it is in working order before the temperatures begin to warm up. Have the filter replaced and all parts cleaned. A professional will check for Freon leaks to ensure everything is ready for the summer heat.
You’ll also want to make sure your attic fan works if you have one and that windows open and close with no problems for those days when you want fresh air but don’t need the AC yet. Repair or replace window screens and patio screen doors to keep bugs out.
Check the Landscaping
Now is the time to plan for your summer landscaping. If you hire a lawn care service for lawn treatments, you may want to book early. Otherwise, you may want to start cleaning up your lawn and cleaning out flower beds for spring planting.
Restain the Deck
If your deck needs care, late spring is the time to do it. Have it stained to protect it from summer rains. You’ll need to plan a time when it isn’t supposed to rain for a day or two so the stain has time to dry.
Power-wash Your House
Power-washing a home’s exterior not only makes it look nicer, it keeps it in better shape. Dirt and debris can get in between cracks and cause your vinyl, wood or other exterior covering to break and wear down. By keeping your exterior looking good, you can see any issues that need to be repaired.
Taking care of your home is a year-round job. Certain tasks need to be done in the spring to ensure your home is ready for the lazy, warm days of summer. Schedule these tasks on your calendar, and you’ll be ready to relax and enjoy your home with your friends and family.
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