Springtime is coming and that means we will be spending more time outside. Start taking care of your home early to ensure you are able to have plenty of time for outdoor fun. To assist you in having a worry free spring and summer, here are some easy steps you can take to prepare your home. The majority of these tasks can be completed by a “handy” homeowner. If you are in doubt about any listed task it is best to call a qualified professional. Maintaining your home this spring will ensure your home is in good shape throughout the summer.
I DON’T DO WINDOWS
Get a clear view of what’s outside. Clean your windows, both inside and out. While you’re at it, check for any cracked or damaged window glazing and panes along with seeing how well your weatherstripping held up over the winter. Replace worn weatherstripping and you’ll keep the cool air in and the warm air out!
KEEP THE BUGS OUT
To ensure you are not spending your time inside swatting flies, be sure to install your window and door screens. This is a good time to check all of you screens for damage and repair them if needed. Also, while you have your screens out is a good time to wash them with a little soap and water and rinse with the garden hose.
CHECK YOUR SIDING
The winter weather is rough on the exterior siding and roof of your home. Spring is a good time to inspect the wood components especially the siding for wood rot and damage. Pay special attention to areas where paint is missing or chipping away, and where caulking is missing or damaged. These are especially susceptible to rot. Generally it is better to catch rot and repair it when the damage is small, since it will only get worse each time it rains.
CIRCULATE THE AIR
If your home has an attic fan, turn it on to be sure it is working before the 90 degree weather hits! Homes with crawlspaces should be sure the vents are open and free of debris to help airflow and reduce moisture under your home. Inside your home, clean HVAC vents and change the filter. Also, now is also a good time to be sure the AC works before the heat and humidity arrive.
CHECK YOUR OUTSIDE UTILITIES
Reconnect your hoses and check for leaks. To ensure you have the water to fill that kiddie pool and wash your car. Also, before your first backyard BBQ or party, check your outside electrical outlets to ensure the radio will play and that bug zapper keeps the mosquitoes off your guests!
HELP IS ON THE WAY
Don’t wait until something breaks to find someone to repair your home. It is a good idea to have the names and contact information for qualified service professionals in your area. Ask your friends and colleagues for referrals. Getting referrals are often a great way to find someone that you can rely on. Some service professionals to have names and phone numbers for include: Plumber, Electrician, Heating & AC Repairman, and a General Handyman.