Are you Ready for spring? Here is a simple checklist to help to ensure that your home is ready too.
Check Your Foundation for Cracks
There are DIY solutions for foundations, but depending on your home, repairs might not be not a job for an amateur. Arrange to have a foundation specialist come by to examine any cracks you find and give you an estimate.4
Clean Your Gutters
Your gutters and rain spouts will likely need clearing from fall and winter debris. Give them a thorough mucking out, and if you don’t have gutter protectors in place, consider adding them before summer heat sets in.
Trim Trees and Shrubs
This is not just an aesthetic exercise but also necessary to clear dead branches or limbs, which could potentially form a hazard. One tip: be careful not to trim too aggressively until you know which limbs are actually dead and which are just dormant.
Check for Holes or Damage
Take a close look around your doors and windows for areas that need caulking. This will help with temperature regulation all year. Also look for wood rot and areas that might need repair on your house, deck, and other outbuildings. If you see signs of termites or other issues, call pest control now, before the weather gets warmer (and buggier).
Review the Roof
Do you need a new roof or some repairs? Depending on the climate where you live, it’s possible that winter weather has left you a few shingles shy of a full roof. Instead of climbing a ladder, you might be able to use a pair of binoculars to give it a once over. A good roof should last years, and regular checks like this will ensure it does.4
With well-maintained finances and an equally cared for home, you should be comfortable as spring and summer give way into another set of colder months. Being prepared can be an incredibly comfortable feeling.
1. CNBC.com, July 1 2021
2. IRS.gov, September 21, 2021
3. IRS.gov, August 5, 2021
4. Homeserve.com, March 12, 2021
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