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Goodbye Winter…Hello Spring

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Time is flying by and before we know it, Spring will be here.   A well maintained home will retain it’s value and then some, so why not take a bit of time out this Spring to give your home some much deserved TLC.  With Spring around the corner and the days getting a bit longer, now is a great time to get started. So, what are the most important home maintenance tasks to complete in the Spring?

 

 

Exterior Inspection – Winter is tough on the exterior of your home.  From large temperature changes, to snow, wind, ice and rain, your home has taken quite a beating during the Winter months.

  • Roof – While you don’t need to climb  up on the roof itself (unless you really want to), use a pair of binoculars, looking for missing, cracked or lifted shingles.  If you see any damage, you’ll want to get it repaired as soon as possible.  A leaking roof, especially during the Spring rains, is more than just a little headache.  It can result in ruined floors, walls and mold.
  • Chimneys – Hopefully you had your chimney inspected and cleaned prior to lighting those fires on cold winter nights.  Even so, it’s a good idea to have it inspected again prior to Spring, as the winter can be harsh on masonry.  You’ll want to make sure there are no cracks in the joints or bricks.  You’ll also want to pull of any vegetation that took hold during the winter.  It’s a good idea to reseal masonry with a clear, impermeable or water-resistant barrier material.  All you have to do is brush it on and wait for it to dry.
  • Exterior Walls – Regardless of what type of siding you have, you’re going to want to walk around your house to look for any trouble spots or damage especially under eaves and near gutter downspouts.  Look for openings, missing siding, damaged siding and water stains.  You don’t want Spring’s critters making themselves feel right at home.  It’s not easy to evict them once they’ve taken up residence.
  • Foundations – When inspecting the exterior of your home, be sure to examine the foundation from top to bottom for any cracks or damage.  If you do find anything out of sort, contact a professional foundation company.  DIY projects on foundations rarely do the job and foundation issues are some of the most expensive and most difficult repairs to a home.
  • Windows and Trim – Fluctuating temperatures, such as what we have in North Carolina, can put a great strain on windows and trim.  Leakage around windows will admit warm summer air and let cooled indoor air escape, increasing your air conditioning bills in the summer.  Windows and trim are also highly desirable entrances from bugs of all kinds to get into your home and enjoy your hospitality.  It’s also a good idea to clean your screens and remove any dirt and grim with a mild detergent.  Never ever power wash your windows with the screens on.  In fact, it’s a good idea to take your screens off in the Winter and store them in a dry place to avoid any damage.

Interior Maintenance 

  • General Cleaning -Hopefully you’ve been cleaning your home during the Winter months, but have you really been cleaning your home…like Spring cleaning?  Probably not.  Spring is a great time to clean areas of the house that often get neglected – chair rails, window casings, tops of cabinets, fans, blinds…you get the idea.
  • Air Conditioning – Regular maintenance and cleaning of your HVAC system is essential to prolonging it’s life and saving you money.  You definitely don’t want it breaking down on you during the hot, humid summers in North Carolina.  You’ll want to change the filters, check the hose connection for leaks and make sure the drain pans are free and clear.  It’s a good idea to vacuum any dust that has settled on the unit and clean off any mildew or moss.  Better yet, call a professional to come out an inspect your system to ensure there is no damage.
  • Attics – Search for signs that indicate insects and critters have decided to call your home their home.  They like warmth during the winter as much as you do and it’s possible they’ve made your home their home to get out of the cold.  Also, search aggressively for mold, which often looks grey or black.  Make sure the insulation is in good condition.
  • Basements – Basements are one of the top places in your home to find mold and once it’s there, it’s not super easy or cheap to remove.  You’ll want to inspect your basement for any leaks that have occurred during the Winter months.  If it feels damp, consider improving ventilation or using a dehumidifier.
  • Leaks – Spring is a good time to check your pipes to make sure there are no leaks.  Particularly piping that leads from the outdoors, as cold weather can cause small cracks that can become much bigger cracks down the road.

Outdoors

  • Lawn – Chances are you haven’t done a lot of lawn maintenance during the Winter months.  Many of us don’t even have to cut the lawn during the colder months in North Carolina.  But, Spring is on the way and you’ll be starting up that lawn mower soon.  Rake the lawn to remove any branches, debris and fallen leaves.
  • Outdoor Pipes and Sprinkler Systems – Winter can reek havoc on your outdoor plumbing.  Inspect outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems to ensure they haven’t been damaged during the Winter months.
  • Decks & Patios – Inspect all of your decks and patios to make sure there are no loose boards or nail pops.  Look for warped boards, which may indicate water damage.  A deck should be cleaned with a mild detergent every year to extend it’s life.  If the finish of your deck is faded or worn, now is a great time to sand it, clean it, stain and reseal it.
  • Grills – If your gas grill has remained idle over the winter months, check burner jets for clogs and obstructions.  It’s not unheard of for critters to take up residence.  Inspect the gas hose to make sure there are no cracks.  Then, you’ll be all ready for some great grilling come the warmer weather!

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