Open those windows and turn off the heaters, warmer weather is on the way! Winter has faded, and the trees are starting to bloom, spring is finally upon us. Warm weather fans rejoice!
As spring season is setting in, it’s a good idea to make a home maintenance checklist of items to prep your home for the new season. Spring cleaning isn’t just for the inside of your home. Check out the tips below that will help prepare the inside and outside of your home.
Inspect the Roof
Winter weather can cause havoc on your home’s roof, whether it’s damaged from ice or snow. With “April Showers” on the way, it is important to inspect your roof for missing or damaged shingles which can lead to leaks. A leaky roof can cause havoc on your wallet if you ignore it.
Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
While we hope you will never have to rely on these items, make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working condition and have fresh batteries.
Check Water Drainage and Gutters
Clogged gutters can lead to leaks, which in turn will lead to water damage. Save your future self some money by clearing out your gutters and getting rid of any dirt and debris that piled up over the year.
Clean Up the Lawn
Properly maintaining and servicing your lawn mower and other lawn accessories will ensure they last longer. Also, remove any sticks and debris from the yard before mowing. Add new mulch to the garden for a fresh new look.
Service the HVAC Unit
Although you should do this more than once a year, servicing your HVAC unit is a spring must-do. Cleaning any dirty filters and making sure the unit works properly can save money on your AC bill each month, especially when the summer heat sets in.
Window and Door Treatment
Clean and inspect windows, doors and screens. Fix any cracks in windows or doors and patch up any holes in your screens. On cooler nights, you can open the windows in your home and turn off the AC to help reduce your electric bill.
Fix the Cracks
Inspect your driveway and sidewalks for any cracks that occurred during the winter months. Repairing these issues early on will be easier and more budget friendly for you rather than waiting until it becomes a major problem.