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“How do I prepare my house for spring?” You’re probably asking this question now that the weather is warmer, and you’re looking forward to enjoying the outdoors again. But before you start tending to your own garden, make sure to get your home ready with these home maintenance tips this season.
Your roofing shingles may have sustained some damage during winter, especially if they’re old. Inspecting your roof during spring is a good idea because not only can you detect problems earlier, but you’ll also be able to get them fixed in preparation for late spring and early summer rainfall.
Gaps may allow pests and water into your home (which allows moisture to build up and make your home a breeding ground for mold). In addition, it can affect the temperature stability inside your home. Adding rubber door sweeps or weather stripping is one way to keep drafts, dirt, and inspects from entering under the door. Have your windows re-caulked if necessary.
Winter can be hard on your chimney, especially if you’ve used it a lot. Not only will a dirty chimney emit odors of decomposition in your home, but it may leave flammable deposits that condense. Your chimney cleaning checklist should include inspecting the crown for cracks, making sure that it’s clear of any debris, checking for faulty or damaged flashing, cleaning soot stains on bricks and tiles, and disposing of ash.
The main purpose of your home’s siding is to protect your home from external elements like rain and snow. During the winter, it’s possible for your siding to have gotten loose, causing moisture to get behind it. This can lead to mold growth and leaks. It’s best to have your siding inspected by a professional so that it can be repaired or replaced.
Get your air conditioner ready as temperatures start becoming warmer. It’s important to make sure that it’s in good working order. Clean the outside condenser and inspect it for any signs of damage. Check the furnace filter, drainage pipe for blockages, and thermostat.
Spring is a good time to perform some basement maintenance to keep it dry and damage-free. This includes checking for cracks in your foundation and sealing them to prevent water seepage. You may need the help of a professional in making these areas waterproof. Also, do a thorough cleanup. Throw out clutter.
Finally, spend time in the garden! Head outdoors to prune flowers and plants, fertilize your evergreens, and test your soil to make sure that it’s rich and healthy before you plant anything. In addition, check the overall condition of your patio and furniture, and make any necessary repairs.
Now is a great time to tackle this to-do list. These spring home maintenance tasks will help you avoid huge repair bills down the road and ensure your comfort. Depending on your skill, experience, and schedule, consider hiring a professional for maintenance tasks you may have overlooked.
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