April 14th, 2016
The weather has been glorious lately. Have you started airing everything out yet?
It’s important to regularly check on certain areas of your home for potential problems. It’s also a great time to go through all of your winter clothes and holiday gifts to see if you really want to keep them. Don’t feel guilty when decluttering. The whole house will feel better with less. And you can look into donating the items for your tax returns or selling them for some pocket money.
No matter what time of the year, if you see any of these problems, get them repaired quickly. The longer you wait, the more expensive it will be to repair it.
Check on your roof for any missing tiles or shingles. Check to see if the shingles are turning up or down as they may need to be replaced. You probably have an algae problem if you see any dark streaks. You can hire someone to pressure wash your roof to get rid of that.
Check the masonry for any places where you might need to repair the mortar. If you’re noticing that water is seeping in, look into getting sealer for the bricks.
Check your fireplace to ensure the spark arrestor is still in place, and that there are no cracks around it. You may not be using your fireplace, but the summer is a good time to do any repair work. Also if you used your fireplace a lot this winter, now is a good time to have it professionally cleaned.
Walk around your home looking for any cracks in the foundation.
Clean out your gutters and downspouts. Look for any leaks so you can get it repaired during the summer.
Check your attic for ventilation or any nests that may have been formed. If you have squirrels, mice or rats nesting, you may want to consider getting a quote from an exterminator. You will need a professional if you have bats.
If you haven’t yet, change batteries in your detectors, and if you have battery backups for your sprinkler system. Test your sprinklers to ensure that they’re all clean with no nesting earwigs. Test the timing for your sprinklers. You won’t need as much watering during the spring as you will during the summer, so now is a good time to remind yourself how to program the sprinklers.
Replace filters in your heating and air conditioning units. Clean out any debris from the air conditioner. If you’ve had your ac unit under cover, take off the cover and clean dirt and leaves from around the unit. Store the cover somewhere dry and safe.
Prune your landscaping away from your house. Check how things are draining. They should drain away from the house so you don’t have standing water up against your foundation.
Power wash your concrete patios and driveways. Look into any repair work needed for your driveway, and look into giving it a good sealant whether it’s concrete or asphalt.
If you live where you need storm windows and doors, now is the time to take them down, clean them and store them safely.
Check the wood around doors and windows gently with a screwdriver. You may need to replace wood, or just hammer it down tighter. If there is a gap in your window or door larger than a nickel, it’s time to pull out the caulk and seal it up. Check weatherproofing strips for any holes or leaks. If there are, it’s time to replace them.
Wash those windows well and clean out the tracks using a vacuum cleaner and a soft brush.
Re-seal your basement and your wood deck if you have them.
If you do your own lawn maintenance, now is the time to sharpen the blades on your mower. And give it a little love with some well placed oil. Also, if it’s gas powered, follow your manufacturer’s directions for a tune up including changing out the spark plug.
Clean out the vents in your dryer. Hopefully you’re cleaning the lint out of the lint trap, but twice a year, it’s time to do some deep cleaning.
You may not be using your fireplace, but the summer is a good time to do any repair work. If you used your fireplace a lot this winter, now is a good time to have it professionally cleaned.
You won’t need as much watering during the spring as you will during the summer, so now is a good time to remind yourself how to program the sprinklers.
If there is a gap in your window or door larger than a nickel, it’s time to pull out the caulk and seal it up. Hopefully you’re cleaning the lint out of the lint trap, but twice a year, it’s time to do some deep cleaning.