Spring Home Repair Checklist
It may feel like winter will never end, but with the calendar inching closer to warmer days, getting a head start on spring cleaning is never a bad idea. For many homeowners, the term spring cleaning only applies to the inside of the home, but the exterior takes a severe beating during the winter months. From windows to gutters, debris and ice can find its way into these spaces and leave you with unwanted problems later in the year. So, we’ve designed a checklist you can use to ensure your home is in optimal shape for the rest of the year.
It goes without saying that the foundation of your home is vital. So, checking for any major masonry cracks or spaces should be done regularly. If you notice anything unusual, consult a professional. Routine caulking will not solve the underlying problem and will only put off the inevitable repairs needed.
No need to inspect every inch of your roof, but it is a good idea to thoroughly check it for any major flaws. Have a few shingles moved, do you notice any loose nails or hardware? If so, water might be seeping in and this can affect the overall structure and integrity of your roof and should be fixed as soon as possible.
Not all homes have masonry chimneys anymore, but if yours does, make sure no stones or bricks are loose. It’s also important to make sure no greenery or vegetation has begun to grow around or inside the structure. Consider re-sealing your chimney with a water-resistant sealer to preserve and extend its lifetime.
Gutters are notorious for collecting all sorts of debris and water, but if not cleaned and replaced they can cause severe headaches. Make a habit of routinely checking your gutters for any clogs and when you do make sure they are securely fastened to your home, with no sagging or drooping occurring. This can cause unwanted damage to your home and leave you with even more problems.
A tight seal around your windows is important in keeping water and moisture out of your home. But if you’ve begun to notice condensation on the inside of your window, your seal may have been compromised. This can be easily fixed with caulking or weather stripping any cracks. It’s also important to thoroughly clean your windows after a harsh winter to preserve the glass and extend their longevity. Use a non-abrasive cleaner and gently scrub the inside and outside of all your windows, and if your window has screens, gently scrub those as well.
Spring cleaning can be therapeutic and a great way to kick-start the warmer months. So, take the time to make sure the exterior of your home is just as clean as the interior and give us a call if you need a second opinion! We’re glad to help.