In much of the country, spring has sprung and it’s time to shake off the cold of winter and get working around the house. With the first warm, dry spell comes the best time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the rains of spring and the heat of summer.
The number of small projects to complete can be daunting. Here’s a list of 10 things you need to do sooner rather than later.
Test your AC unit
It’s always best to make sure your air conditioning unit is running properly before temperatures start to climb. Take a look to make sure nothing is blocking airflow on and around your unit. Use a brush to clean the fins behind the grate. Consider having an HVAC technician perform a diagnostic inspection and routine maintenance.
Yard tool maintenance
Check lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer. Clean, tuned equipment and sharp blades make yard work easier and prolongs the life of your equipment.
Clean the gutters
Any debris that has accumulated over the winter blocks the flow of water through the gutter and downspouts. After cleaning out all the leaves, etc., run a hose to clean them and check for leaks. Seal any holes with a gutter sealant.
Perform some inspections
There are a number of places you’ll need to inspect to identify any problems that may have come to light during the winter.
- Roof – perform a ground inspection to check for loose or damaged shingles
- Deck – check for loose supports and boards, as well as problems in the finish
- Foundation – look for cracks and spaces where soil has been separated from concrete
- Windows and doors – repair weather stripping and caulking
Spray for bugs
Use non-chemical pesticides, if possible, available at home and garden centers and home improvement stores.
Paint, stain, or seal wood
Whether you have wood decks, planters or fences made out of wood, giving them a new coat of paint, stain or sealant will make them look great while protecting them against the elements.