Spring is a great time of year to tackle some important home maintenance tasks. After a long winter, it’s important to give your home a little TLC to ensure that it’s in good condition for the rest of the year. Here are some key tasks to add to your to-do list:
- Check your roof and gutters: The winter weather can take a toll on your roof and gutters. Look for any signs of damage, such as missing shingles or cracks in your gutters. If you notice any problems, have them repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
- Inspect your HVAC system: Your heating and cooling system has likely been working overtime all winter. Now is a good time to give it a checkup to make sure everything is in working order. Change your air filters and consider having a professional perform a routine maintenance check.
- Clean your windows and check caulking: As the weather warms up, you’ll want to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Give your windows a good cleaning to let in as much light as possible. Don’t forget to clean your screens, too. Caulking along windows and doors gives them a crisp, finished look and keeps leaks and drafts at bay. However, changing seasons and turbulent temperatures can cause caulking and trim to dry out, split, and crack. Check to make sure yours are intact and in place by doing a once-over of all doors and windows.
- Service your lawn equipment and start up your sprinklers: If you have a lawn mower or other outdoor equipment, make sure it’s in good condition before you start using it again. Change the oil, sharpen the blades, and make any necessary repairs. Making sure your sprinkler system is in good working order is critical after our long winter. First, check all valves in the green underground boxes, where leaks are easiest to spot. Next, survey the lawn for pooling water, where a faulty connection or split line may be the culprit. Last, replace damaged sprinkler heads or refit them with those that shoot farther, wider, or more directly if your landscaping has changed.
- Inspect your deck or patio: If you have an outdoor space, it’s important to make sure it’s safe and ready for use. Check for any loose boards, nails, or screws, and make repairs as needed. Give your deck or patio a good cleaning to remove any dirt or grime that may have accumulated over the winter.
By taking care of these tasks in the spring, you’ll ensure that your home is in good condition for the rest of the year. Plus, you’ll save yourself from potentially costly repairs down the road. Happy spring!
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