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Get Ready For Spring With Our Home Maintenance Checklist

The temperature is getting warmer and the days are getting longer, which means one thing – spring is here! While you are probably more than ready for the warmer weather, it is possible that your house isn’t (especially if you live in an older home).

Use this checklist to make sure that your home is fully prepared for spring and summer.

Check The Attic And Basement

Start by checking the attic and basement for any damage (such as mold or leaks). Check the walls and the floors, and plaster over any damage you see.

Let Some Fresh Air In

The warmer weather means that now is the perfect time to open the windows and let some fresh air in. This will aerate your house, helping to improve overall air quality – and while the windows are open, you can wipe down the interiors (it is likely they will have gathered dust over the winter months).

Do Home Safety Checks

You should also switch out the batteries in your alarms and smoke detectors, and then you should test the alarms to make sure everything is running smoothly. You should test your alarms twice a year to make sure they are still working, and it can also be useful to check the batteries every other month or so. If any of the alarms are broken, replace them immediately. 

Inspect The Roof

Inspect the roof using a ladder (or binoculars if you aren’t comfortable using a ladder). If you notice any rust or missing shingles, call a professional, such as roofman.com, to assess the issue. You might find that you need to replace the roof on further inspection. Consider the different options available. You could think about using a completely different material, such as metal, for example. 

You should also remove any debris, including tree leaves or branches, from the roof so that they don’t build up and damage the roof. You can either do this yourself or hire a professional to do it for you.

Reseal Outdoor Woodwork

You may also want to seal any outdoor woodwork, including decking and fences. This is important as wood is particularly vulnerable to the elements; over time, heavy rain and the hot sun can crack and damage the sealant, and this can make the wood damp or structurally unsound.

Spring is also the perfect time to reseal outdoor woodwork, as the temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold for the sealant to dry properly!

Check Windows And Doors

Go around your home and check windows and exterior doors for holes or cracks, and repair any you find. This will reduce the cost of your energy bills, which is very useful for families with a tight budget, but that isn’t all – it will also make it harder for insects to enter your home once summer comes around.

Inspect The Outside Faucet

Cold weather can cause outside hose faucets to freeze up, so test the hose by running the water and placing your finger over the hole. If that reduces the water flow, it is likely that the hose is damaged, so you will either need to repair it or replace it.

Do Some Landscaping

Finally, you can beautify the outside of your home by doing a little landscaping. Pick up leaves, twigs, and debris, and then trim any overgrowing grass.

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