Winter has been long and unforgiving. We’ve been stuck indoors, unable to go about our daily activities because it’s dark, gloomy and too cold. Now that spring is almost upon us, we can’t help but feel like normal human beings again.
Spring cleaning isn’t called that for no reason. In fact, the term came about because everyone is dying to become productive after the long wintery days. That’s why when the season comes, we’re more than eager to get up and do something.
It’s not just cleaning we should get into come spring It’s also important to double-check on how our house has been doing to prepare it for the rest of the year. From the walls to the roof and just about every nuts and cranny, here’s a guide to spring home maintenance.
Make your home spick and span
It’s easy to lose interest when it comes to cleaning the house during winter. Now that spring is here, it’s high time we tidy up our place. One of the essential steps to spring home maintenance? Clean your home from the inside out.
From your furniture and upholstery to your blinds and surfaces, make your house spick and span. Too much dirt and dust have accumulated throughout the past few weeks, it may lead to unwanted sicknesses. Don’t forget to clean out your attic, garage and backyard too. You’d want everything to feel brand new and welcoming again, right?
Inspect your roof
The roof is your home’s first line of defense. That’s why it’s absolutely essential for you to inspect every bit of it. You don’t have to climb up there and check it yourself. Just with a keen eye and a pair of binoculars, you can instantly see if there are missing or cracked shingles or even nail pops. If you do want to be doubly sure, it’s also great to have a professional do the inspection for you. Otherwise, the rainy or sunny seasons would be a relentless time.
Check your gutters
Gutters protect both your roof and house from possible water damage. So take the time and check if the gutters need some cleaning up. Clogged gutters could lead to problematic and highly expensive repairs that could’ve been prevented.
Go through your home’s foundation
From the pillars to the ceilings, your house’s foundation is what keeps it standing. Take enough time to check if there are any substantial cracks. Ask the help of a foundation specialist because these professionals know exactly what the warning signals are. The common solution is to apply a two-part epoxy injection system to remedy the cracks.
Replace HVAC filters
A dirty filter forces your heat, ventilation and air-conditioning system to work harder. This is exactly one of the reasons why your energy bill is skyrocketing. Whether you’re using one with an inverter or not, it’s important to replace those filters once a year.
Inspect your windows for leaks
Like your roof, your windows also serve as a line of defense in your home. So make sure you inspect them thoroughly, checking if there are leaks. This results into letting the warmer breeze in and letting the cold air out, which isn’t what you should go for. If that happens, you’ll need to have those windows or the glass replaced.
Another tip? Thoroughly clean your windows. Be sure to do this on cloudier days so the cleaning solution doesn’t dry up too easily, leaving stains on the surface.
Double-check your pipes
Water damage is one of the most common problems in any home. Make sure you go through every pipe in the house with the help of an expert. Check if there are any leaks, holes or disjointed pipes that need repair. Most of the time, these problems don’t instantly show. So if you can prevent them, go ahead and do so. Otherwise, you could end up spending a lot of money trying to fix it.
Call an electrician
Apart from water damage, fire is another problem you wouldn’t want to encounter. You’ll need to call in an electrician to thoroughly inspect your house for any electrical hazards and damages. Undetected ones could be the reason why your bill is getting higher each month, or worse.
Prepare your lawn
Your lawn has been covered in snow for so long now. Now that spring has come, it’s finally time to mow it and make your property look like a warm and welcoming place again. Be sure to change the oil and sharpen the blades of your lawn mower. It will last longer this way and make for a better after-mowing look.
Be guided by this home maintenance if you want to make the most out of spring. Don’t skip out on the above tips so you (and your house) is ready for the hot season ahead.