Spring is almost here and it’s time to get your house Spring time ready. Here are some tips to get yourself ready for the upcoming Spring and Summer months.
Inspect Your Roof
Check to see if any shingles were lost or damaged. Flashing(s) needs to be checked and all issues should be repaired immediately in order to prevent additional damage to your home. It is also a good idea to get your roof professionally cleaned, this will improve energy efficiency and keep your home looking aesthetically appealing.
Check Windows and Doors
Check to make sure there aren’t any cracks in your caulk or other weather seals around windows and doors. This will help reduce your utility bill and prevent any water from entering into your home. It’s also important to check screens. Make sure your window screens and door screens do not have any holes that will allow insects into the house, this will save you from having to call an exterminator later down the road and save you from those bug bites.
Check your Attic
Look for signs of insects and critters that may be living in your attic. Critters could have found a comfy home in your attic during the cooler months which means they have found a way in and out of your home. Call a professional to take care of the pest problem and boot those unwanted roommates.
Clean your Gutters
Clogged gutters open your home up to potential water damage, keeping them clean allows the gutters to guide the rain away from your roof and home. Check for leaks and damages to the downspouts as well.
Clean your Dryer Vent
While a lint trap does help catch lint from a drying cycle, some lint is bound to make its way into the dryer vent. A clean vent reduces the energy your dryer uses and helps prevent house fires.
Service your AC Unit
Before you need to use your AC unit for the Spring and Summer heat, make sure it is cleaned and serviced. Clean units operate more efficiently and interior filters help purify the air. Check your HVAC filters and make sure they’re changed a couple times a year for optimal use.
Replace the Batteries in your Smoke Detectors
According to the US Fire Administration, smoke detectors should be tested monthly with batteries changed twice a year. Three out of five home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms, the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.
Check Lawn Sprinklers
Make sure to check your sprinkler system for malfunctioning valves or sprinkler heads. Also check to see if your outdoor faucets are still functioning properly. This will help keep your water cost down and ensure you aren't wasting water.
Now is a great time to do an overall cleaning of the house. A good, deep clean will also help you catch any other updates you need to make to the house. Keep an eye out for mold and mildew, missing grout, cracks in the walls, buildup on windows, or any other issues. Call a professional to get the issues taken care of right away so you can enjoy your Spring and Summer months to the max.