Preparing Your Home for Spring
Spring is finally here, which for many homeowners means getting their home in peak condition both inside and out. Beyond the traditional spring cleaning, there are plenty of outdoor home improvement projects to tackle this time of year.
The spring rains are on their way, and your home’s gutters need to be in top working order to keep the flow of water moving as it should, away from the home. The fall and winter months may have damaged or clogged the gutters with debris. Taking the time to address these issues now will prevent any water problems down the road.
Roof damage, however small, can become a big problem if water leaks into your home. This can lead to mold growth and structural damage. Now is a great time to inspect your home’s roof for any damaged or missing shingles. Addressing any problems early can head off more extensive damage from water seeping into the home down the road.
Trim Trees and Shrubs
To get your yard looking great, trees and shrubs should be pruned regularly. This will not only help your landscaping get its shape back, but it is also important to trim back dead limbs that may be hanging over the home or garage. These types of overhanging limbs can make your home susceptible to damage during heavy rains or high winds.
Repair Cracks in Foundation
Cracks in your home’s foundation, which can occur as the concrete settles and shifts over time, can quickly become a safety hazard. These repairs should be addressed immediately to prevent any water from leaking into the home, causing extensive structural damage.
The winter months can do a number on the caulking and weather-stripping that you have on your windows. Replacing this during the springtime ensures that you aren’t losing valuable energy spent cooling your home during the summer.
The warm days of summer are right around the corner and that means you will want your deck to be ready to use. Power cleaning and staining the wood can go a long way to getting your deck looking great before summer arrives.
Like your deck, if you have a wooden or vinyl fence now is a great time to power wash, paint or stain the fence. If over time the fence has missing slats or broken areas, this can also be addressed during the spring months.
Just like you give the inside of your home a good scrubbing, the outside could use one too. Mold and dirt can accumulate on the exterior of your home over time. Power washing goes a long way to restoring your home’s natural color, dirt-free. This is also a great time to freshen up your home’s exterior with a new coat of paint on the front door, steps, garage, or wherever it is needed.
The snow and ice of winter can do a number on a home’s vinyl siding. Inspect your home’s vinyl siding for damage. Any warped or loose pieces of siding should be repaired, leaving your home looking in peak condition.
Taking the time to give your home a little TLC during the change in seasons will prevent many potential problems in the future. While performing property maintenance this spring, please keep Soil-Away in mind if you discover any water damage or mold growth. The property damage restoration experts at Soil-Away are prepared to respond 24/7 to repair any damages incurred over the winter months. Call 603-641-6555 to schedule an appointment.