There may still be snow in the air, and you may have just gotten through the holidays, but whether you’re ready or not, spring will be here before you know it! We can’t wait for the barbecues, spring flowers, and green lawns, but before you start thinking about patio furniture and butterflies, there are a few things you need to do to get your house ready for spring.
1. Get Your Gutters Ready
When the snow and ice on your roof melt, it will need someplace to go. You must ensure that your gutters and downspouts are ready for it. Check for loose portions and ensure they’re firmly fastened and carrying water far away from your residence. Then, check that the gutters are clean of fallen leaves, snow, and ice and that pouring water down the downspout flows where it’s meant to.
2. Inspect the Caulking on Windows
Caulking won’t make much of a difference when everything is frozen, fractured and damaged. When the ice melts and the spring rains come, you’ll discover unwelcome water in your house, and it’s much more difficult to repair leaking caulking once it’s wet.
3. Transfer the Wood Pile
If you’re like most people, you have your wood pile placed against your home, where it’s simple to keep dry and handy to have when you need it. When it rains in the spring, your wood pile transforms from a convenient source of warm heating to a breeding ground for mildew and pests. Definitely different from what you want so near to your home!
4. Look for cracks and heaving.
If you have cracks in your walks and driveway, you will most likely see heaving in the concrete before the winter is through. Prioritize those repairs and complete them as soon as possible since once spring thaws and rains come, they’ll only grow worse.
5. Figure Out if Your Fence Needs a Facelift
Most people are unaware that summer and autumn are the busiest seasons for fence businesses. The ideal time of year to get a good bargain on a new fence is in the spring before the season begins. Have a provider come out before spring to measure your fence and offer a quotation, and then have them return as soon as the melt is finished. This way, you may bypass the waiting list and obtain a better deal!
6. Check Out Door HVAC, Lighting, Faucets and BBQ
During the spring and summer, your air conditioner will be working overtime. Plan an examination to ensure everything is in working order before you need it. Check outside lighting and faucets to ensure they are working properly, and get your gas BBQ inspected to ensure it is safe to use.
You may believe that you have plenty of time until spring comes, but the fact is that it’s only a matter of weeks before you’ll be having your first barbeque or get-together, and there isn’t much time to get things ready. Take action early to escape the spring rush!