We tend to think about preparation of our homes for the oncoming cold weather, but there are some important measures that you can take to prepare your home for the warmer seasons as well. Keeping on top of the following tasks can help to ensure that you won’t have to be surprised with emergency fixes later on.
- Since rain typically comes with a vengeance in the spring, it pays to clean those gutters out early. Take care to stabilize your ladder and get a helper if necessary. Use gloves to help avoid any cuts from exposed metal ends and remove all debris (leaf and dirt build up) from the gutter so that your water runs in the direction that it’s supposed to, and your gutters can do a proper job of removing the water from the house.
- Spring is a great time to check all of your window and door screens for any repairs or replacements that may need to be done. Over time, screens tear and even the smallest holes can be the ideal entryway into your home for bugs and other critters. Replacement screens with the trim and tools are easily purchased from hardware stores.
You can also keep creepy crawlies at bay by ensuring that your doors are sealed against them using thresholds, most often made from steel or aluminum. A door sweep will also add protection against bugs from making their way inside.
- Carefully inspect your foundation for any signs of cracks or small holes. These are far more easily repaired when they first appear than when they become bigger problems down the road. Sealant and caulking can both be used successfully for these types of repairs.
- If your windows show signs of wear, this is the perfect time to repair or order replacements. Check the seals and frames and make repairs so that leaks and drafts are kept to a minimum.
- You’re not likely to be using that fireplace during the warm season, so take advantage of the down time to have it professionally cleaned in preparation for some toasty fires when the weather calls for it.
- In an ideal world, you’ve been on top of furnace filter replacement, but when was the last time you got it cleaned along with your ducts? Spring or summer is often a wonderful time to get this type of project cleared out of the way so that things are in tip top shape for the colder months.
- Before you have family and friends over for those summer BBQ’s, inspect and make repairs to your deck in the spring. Cracked or rotted boards should be replaced, and spring is the perfect time to scrape and re-stain a deck before those hot temperatures hit. Maintaining your deck will ensure all season enjoyment of your outdoor living space.
- When was the last time you checked your insurance? This often overlooked but crucially important aspect of homeownership should be checked and updated regularly so that the proper coverage is maintained.