(originally posted April, 2015)
FINALLY! It seems old man winter has loosened his grip and it’s time to make sure your home is prepared for those April showers, along with the heat and humidity that soon follow.
Some tips for preparing for the long awaited spring and summer seasons:
1. Before the first mow, make sure to sharpen the cutting blade and change the engine oil in your lawn mower.
2. Repair any exterior paint that is cracked or peeling. Paint provides a protective barrier, so make sure your home is protected!
3. Power wash outside surfaces such as decks, fences and driveways. Inspect the surfaces for damage and repair if necessary.
4. You know you want to open those windows, so make the most out of the fresh air and beautiful views by cleaning not only your windows, but also your screens! Gently scrub with soapy water and inspect for any holes in your screen. Getting the gunk off of your screens helps improve air flow and your views. Patch any hole larger than a dime that can allow insects through. Save an old screen for patching other screens later.
5. While we’re talking windows, make sure to check the caulk or seals around your windows and repair or replace as needed by scraping off the old and re-caulking. This can help with A/C bills as well as prevent water damage to your home.
6. Clean or replace your HVAC filters. Dirty filters make your system work less efficiently, increasing cost and wear and tear to your unit.
7. Clean your gutters. It’s important that all the water from those April showers is directed away from your foundation and roof.
8. Drain your water heater to remove sediment that builds up in the tank. This can reduce your electric bill and prolong the life of your water heater.
9. Trim overgrown hedges, trees and vines to help prevent mold and mildew growth as well as to help keep pests away. A good rule of thumb is to keep branches at least 7 ft. from your house.
10. Check your foundation. If you see any cracks, you’ll want to call in a professional. Foundation cracks can’t simply be caulked.
For help with your next home remodel project, contact us. We are happy to help!