As the nicer weather approaches, you want to make sure your home is looking its best and is in the best possible condition to avoid any issues.
here are 7 home maintenance tips for you to do this spring:
- Clean the gutters.
Make sure they don’t have holes and all the downspouts are still attached and taking water away from the house. Gutters are one of the most valuable and affordable methods for a homeowner to protect their homes from the elements, so make sure yours are in good condition. Clogged gutters can also cause mosquito infestations, mold and mildew from decomposed leaves and other problems.
2. Seal holes where insects and varmints can get in.
Including openings around the foundation, especially entry points for wires and pipes. A spray can of foam, which you can buy for about $6, will handle most holes.
Also to prevent insects from getting into your house, you should keep moisture away from the foundation and eliminate sources of standing water. Insects such as termites and mosquitoes love moisture, so make sure any standing water near the base of your house is taken care of to avoid damage and annoyance.
3. Get your air conditioning system ready.
Before it comes time to turn them on, you want to check to see if the air conditioner unit is working properly to avoid any mishaps when it starts to get hot. Change or wash the filters, which should be done monthly. Clean the coils and wash the condenser outside, if needed. Trim away any shrubs from the unit, and make sure its drain line isn’t clogged… While you’re at it, change your furnace filter so it’s ready for fall.
4. Clean your roof.
Most of the time, it is recommended that a professional do this chore; it’s important. Make sure the algae that normally accumulates on roof shingles is not negatively impacting your roof. The more you clean it off, the less it will spread among your roof and your neighbors roofs.
5. Power wash driveways and walkways.
Make everything look new and clean! The biggest benefit is removing mildew and discoloration.
6. Make sure your windows are sealed.
You want to keep water out and cool air in. You may need to replace caulking or weather sealing to accomplish this.
4. Clean your refrigerator coils and dryer vent.
This will not only improve the efficiency of the appliances, but also guard against electrical hazards.