The arrival of spring brings more than just warmth and light of the sun. Though we may find ourselves storing away our snow-shovels, we are also digging the hoses, fertilizer, and lawn-mower our of the garage. Winter time can be hard on your home because of all the ice and wind. Because of this, it is always a good idea after the last frost of winter to do a quick once-over of your house to ensure nothing is drastically damaged. You might find your plants have died during the cold season, the gutter seems to be overflowing with dead leaves, and the yard is in disarray.
Here is a checklist to help you target the aspects of your home that might need work after winter.
- Check for loose or leaky gutters because improper drainage will divert water into basements or crawl spaces. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear of debris.
- Check your chimney for any damage to its exterior. It would be best to acquire the services of a certified chimney sweep to inspect and clean its interior.
- Check your home’s external paint job and look for chipped, cracked paint. Scrape off any failing paint and sand it down so there are no rough edges. Prime any bare wood surfaces and coat them with a high quality paint product.
- Schedule a HVAC check-up as soon as possible. Scheduling it later until June and discovering a problem may result in you spending more than a few days suffering from the heat of summer.
- Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn on the water and place your thumb or finger over the opening. Being able to stop the flow of water means the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. Check the garden hose as well for dry rot.
- Spring is also the best time to wash pillows and curtains to help reduce allergens and dust mites.
Proper home maintenance is very important should be done on a regular basis. By taking care of your home, you ensure that you and your family protect your investment and have a comfortable place to live.
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