Spring is coming and it’s a great time to do some spring cleaning and home repairs after a long, hard winter. Freezing temperatures, snow, and ice and can cause damage to your home that may go unnoticed during the winter months, so now is the time to access your home and make any necessary repairs and to increase curb appeal. Here are four basic spring home maintenance tasks. *This post contains affiliate and/or sponsored links.
1. It’s time for fresh paint!
Fresh paint indoors and out can work wonders when it comes to giving your home a little pick me up. Winter weather can cause chipping paint around doors, windows, and on siding. Take a walk around your home to see where fresh paint is needed such as doors, door jams, fences or siding. When the forecast calls for 65 degree temperatures or higher for a few days in a row, you can safely paint outdoors even in early spring.
You could even paint your front door a bright and beautiful, unexpected color. Of course pretty spring flowers are wonderful for increasing curb appeal too!
If you old wooden door frame is beyond repair consider replacing it with a modern alternative such as PVC or vinyl which will improve security, longevity, and also makes maintenance much more straightforward. You ight be concerned about ruining the rustic look of your wooden frames and doors, but you needn’t be. There are many types of vinyl doors, windows and frames that look very similar to genuine wood these days.
As you are working up sprucing up your curb appeal, consider beautifying your windows. This can be as simple as a good cleaning, or you could go further and add shutters and a window box.
2. Check the foundation for cracks.
One of the most unsettling things (no pun intended) is finding a crack in the exterior or interior foundation of your home. Exterior cracks may go unnoticed during the winter, especially if there has been a lot of snow up against the house for months. All the heavy rains in spring can also lead to indoor flooding, damp places and mold issues if there are any cracks in the basement foundation walls.
If you’re dealing with cracked walls or uneven floors, TerraFirma can help. Be sure to thoroughly check your property for any water damage, including the roof, attic, and basement. If you want to make sure that repairs are done correctly, contact a licensed concrete contractor instead of attempting to DIY.
3. Clean out the gutters and make any needed repairs to the roof.
Your roof and gutters can become damaged over the winter, particularly if there is a lot of ice. As soon as the weather permits, be sure to completely check your roof and gutters for any signs of damage. If you notice any issues, contact a professional company such as M&Y Roofing. It is also very important to clean out your gutters during the spring to issues. If you notice any sign of pest infestations in the gutters, contact a reputable company like Stewart’s pest control services.
4. Maintain your heating and cooling system.
While you are making any repairs in the basement, it might be a good idea to go ahead and service your boiler. HVAC units should be serviced one a year, and if you have a working fireplace be sure to have your chimney serviced every two years. Your meters should be checked, as well as your cooling systems and anything else you depend on regularly. It is best to choose a professional for these AC repair jobs.
Of course there are many other important tasks to consider when it comes to spring home maintenance. Using a check list can be very helpful for keeping organized and staying on top of cle aning and maintenance without becoming overwhelmed. In addition there are now plenty of apps and ways to use smart devices which make life a little convenient. And don’t forget to change the batteries on your smoke detector.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait until warmer spring weather is here to stay and spring flowers are in full bloom! I have already noticed some minor exterior home issues that need to be addressed. I am looking forward to giving our porch a fresh coat of paint and refreshing the landscaping. What’s on your spring home maintenance agenda? I love hearing from you dear readers!
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