Spring has always been the traditional time to get your home in shape after the cold winter months. Warmer temperatures mean you can deal with things that you’ve been putting off, restoring the inside and outside of your home so it looks and operates at its best. Here are a few spring cleaning tips to help you out.
Before you plug in, check the outlets inside and out. Use ground fault receptacles on exterior plugins if they’re close to the pool or hot tub. Check electrical cords for loose plugs or frayed wires and repair or replace as necessary.
Get Your Air in Order
Spring is an excellent times to change your furnace filter before your home is bombarded with dust and pollen. It is also the best time to have your air conditioning unit serviced for the upcoming hot weather. You don’t want to find yourself sweltering in the heat because you failed to get it inspected.
Survey the Yard
Take a walk around your yard and take note of damage. Cold weather and storms can damage or kill plants and trees which you’ll need to prune back or remove. Also check sidewalks, driveways and patios for cracks or heaving. The freezing temperatures during the winter months can cause considerable damage from frost.
Get Ready for the Outdoors
Now that the weather is getting warmer, you’ll spend more time outdoors. Wash down patio furniture with warm, soapy water and check metal chairs and tables for rust. Spray enamel will stop further deterioration and make them look new again.
Don’t forget to service your grill. Ensure the burners are free of insects and dust and that all hoses are safe and intact. Give the entire grill a wipe down and check your propane supply, too. When it’s time to barbeque, you’ll want to be ready.
Tune-Up Yard Equipment
Even if you serviced your lawn mower, trimmer, and garden tools at the end of the season, they’ll probably need some TLC. Remove any corrosion and have your mower serviced again, if you need to. If you use a gas mower or trimmer, ensure you have plenty of fuel stored in a well-ventilated area with a lock.
Examine the Exterior
Winter weather can damage exterior walls and foundations. Check for water damage under the eaves and near downspouts. If you see cracks in wood siding or masonry, attend to them as soon as possible. Cracks in wood siding are a perfect nesting ground for carpenter ants, termites, and other destructive pests. A foundation specialist can repair cracks with an epoxy system.
Also check the seals around windows and doors. Caulking and weather stripping can deteriorate during the winter which lets in hot and cold air and boosts your utility bills. Fortunately, replacement is something most homeowners can master.
If your deck, railings, fence, pergolas, gazebo, or trellis needs attention, attend to them now before the weather gets too hot. Clean, refinish, and reseal before the scorching sun damages them further.
Inspect the Roof
The roof of your home takes a beating from storms during the winter. Even if it looks fine, you may want to consider hiring a qualified roof inspector. Scheduled roof maintenance extends the life of your roof and detects small problems before they turn into disasters.
If you want to do it yourself, read up on the signs of roof damage. They aren’t always obvious. If you do spot a problem, call a local reputable roofing contractor. They have the equipment, insurance, and expertise to get the job done safely and properly. They also check for things such as clogged drains, gutters, and downspouts and damaged or missing roofing components.
You’ll want to do other things such as clean windows, tidy your flower beds, and replace any burnt out light bulbs, but you don’t have to tackle everything in a single weekend. Take your time and make sure you set aside some time to actually enjoy the warmer weather, too! Soon enough, your home will be in tip-top shape. Another benefit to a well maintained home? Reduced homeowners insurance costs. While you focus on getting your home ready for the spring, let us focus on making sure that you have the proper coverage in place and that you’re getting all of the discounts that you qualify for. Contact us, today.