Spring is the perfect time to clear out winter’s clutter and start fresh. But while you’re organizing closets and planting flowers, don’t forget to perform basic home maintenance. Just like a car, your home needs regular tune-ups to keep it secure, comfortable and beautiful for years to come.
With the arrival of warm weather and sunshine, however, I know that the last thing you want to do is spend every weekend on spring cleaning projects! Fortunately, our handy checklist makes it easy to tackle the big projects step-by-step. Set aside a few hours each weekend to tune up a different part of your house, and in less than a month your home will be ready for summer!
Did you know that the majority of home water damage actually occurs in the spring? Winter’s freeze-and-thaw cycles can shorten the life of gutters and drain spouts. If drainage is blocked, water from spring rains can pool up along your home’s foundation or roofline, leading to serious structural damage.
Safety Tip: Remember, cleaning gutters and repairing roofs can be dangerous and results in hundreds of serious personal injuries every year. If you’re not comfortable on a ladder, or simply not as limber as you once were, ask a neighbor for assistance or hire a contractor.
Gear up for the summer’s heat waves with an air conditioner tune-up. Routine maintenance ensures optimal airflow, which lowers heating and cooling costs. Minor problems are easier to fix in the spring rather than waiting until scorching August temps strain your AC unit, leading to expensive repairs or a full replacement.
Energy Savings Tip: A one-degree change in your thermostat setting reduces energy consumption by 4 percent. Your body won’t notice the temperature difference, but your wallet definitely will!
An attractive exterior does a lot more than simply increase your home’s curb appeal. Paint seals wood, protecting it from the elements. Simple paint touch-ups can extend the average life of your siding by two to three years.
Safety Tip: If you rent your own power washer (daily rentals start at $35 to $50), ask for a quick walk-through on its use. Always wear protective eye gear and operate with caution; with several hundred pounds of water pressure, you don’t want to accidently spray yourself, a family member or a pet!