We are heading into what looks to be a fabulous outdoor weekend in Winnipeg! Take advantage of the great weather to get a kick start on any outdoor maintenance work that has crept up over the winter months. Some of the things you should be looking for when doing your outdoor home and property inspection:
- Make sure air vents indoors and outdoors are not blocked by any debris that may of settled in over the Fall and Winter months.
- Have fireplace chimney cleaned and serviced.
- Turn on power to air conditioning and check then system. Service these units every two or three years.
- Clean windows, doors, screens and hardware. If using storm windows replace with screens. Check screens for any repairs needed before installing.
- Examine the foundation walls for cracks, leaks or signs of moisture, and repair. You may want to consult with a professional for this.
- Re-level any exterior steps, decks or walks that moved as a result of frost or settling.
- Check for and seal off any holes in exterior cladding that could allow small pests, such as squirrels and birds to enter.
- Check eavestroughs and downspouts for loose joints and secure attachment to your home, clear any obstructions, and ensure water flows away from your foundation.
- Repair and paint fences as necessary, be sure that wood fences are adequately dry before tackling this task.
- Rake the lawn and get flower beds ready for planting, if necessary, fertilize young trees.
- Open valve to outside hose connection, be sure that there is no danger of frost when doing this.
As you walk around your home and property you may see other things that need some attention. Always take care of the small problems now in order to keep your costs down and not allowing a small problem to become a large problem.
You may be looking at this list and asking yourself how can I get this all completed on my own, don't worry there are several businesses out there that can assist or take care of everything for you. Don't forget to check the reputation and business practices out of the company/individual that you are thinking of hiring. An excellent referral that I have is Andrew MacFarlane of MacFarlane Handyman. Andrew has completed some jobs at my home and the workmanship was excellent. www.macfhs.com