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Springtime Home To-Do's

Following the winter season, many homeowners are eager to get outdoors and ready their homes for summer. April is a beautiful time for DIY projects that will help add years of life to your dwelling and reduce the headaches of significant repairs caused by neglect. The following is a to-do list every homeowner should do annually.

Clean the gutters

Improper drainage can cause water damage to your home. Clean the gutters and downspouts of debris, and check for any loose or leaking connections. Also, ensure all downspouts are directed away from the home’s foundation.

Inspect the roof

Look for missing or damaged shingles, rusted flashing, or cracked caulk around vents. A pair of binoculars can be effectively used and is safer than climbing and standing on a ladder.

Check the seals

Inspect the seals around your windows and doors for any that are loose, hardened, cracked, or missing. Repairing seals will help prevent water from seeping inside your home and make it more energy efficient as you keep it cool during the hot summer months. It also reduces pest and rodent invasion.

Trim trees & bushes

When vegetation contacts the house, it can transfer moisture to the roof and siding, leading to damage. It can also provide rodents and insects access. To prevent damage, trim any trees touching or overhanging the house, and inspect trees for decay and hollowing, which may cause them to fail during a storm.

Fill in cracks

Inspect the driveway and sidewalks for cracks or shifting. Cracks can be filled with concrete filler or silicone caulk to reduce further damage. It’s also a good idea to power wash and seal the concrete.

Repair or replace missing paint and shingles

Exposed wood will absorb moisture and begin to rot, which can become other issues, including leaks, mold, mildew, and insect infestation.

Spruce up garden and yard space

Look for damage to fences and structures, and plan to repair or replace them. Clean out flowerpots, rake up leaves and twigs, and freshen up hardscaping with a pressure washer. Tidy home surroundings are much more defensible of problems.

Check the air conditioning unit(s)

With some simple service, the air conditioning system will be more efficient for the summer months. Remove accumulated debris and rinse out the condenser fins, change the filters, check hose connections for leaks, and make sure the drain pans are draining freely. In addition, vacuum any dust that has settled on the unit and connections to improve the air conditioner’s effectiveness.

Spring maintenance will help ensure the house is in optimal condition for the summer months ahead. Additionally, an annual home maintenance inspection can help identify problems not apparent to homeowners.

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