Home Maintenance Tips: How To Prepare For Warm Weather
March 21, 2019
There’s a lot to think about, so it’s a good idea to make some to-do lists to ensure you don’t forget anything important. Walk around the perimeter of your home and look for things that need your attention; start on the outside first so you can get things done before the weather gets too hot. For the inside, move from room to room, and don’t forget about the things you can’t see, like pipes and filters. Write down anything that needs to be checked and do some research on some affordable companies that might be able to help you.
Here are a few tips to get you started.
Spring and summer storms can wreak havoc on your paving and wood-based structures, such as a deck or railing. Look over these areas for damage and assess whether you can fix it yourself or if it will take the work of a professional. Decks and wooden railings are rather easy to repair; fill in holes with caulk, sand the area, and repaint. You might also think about putting down a protective stain to keep rains from soaking in.
Deck and patio
If you have a water hose hooked up to your house via a spigot, check to make sure there are no leaks to avoid wasting water. If you have a sprinkler system, it is a good idea to check for leaks here as well to prevent water from pooling up and creating a nasty mess or mold and mildew. For more info on how to check and fix these issues, read on here.
Check your filters
Now is the perfect time to check the air filters in your home, especially if you live in an area where the pollen and allergy count is through the roof. Replace the air filters and have your A/C inspected if it hasn’t been done in a while. Not only will this prevent you from laying out money for repairs down the line, it will also keep you and your family safe and enable your unit to cool your home properly, making for comfortable spring and summer. If you have to order a new filter, make sure to select the right size.
Make note of any areas around your home that need your attention, such as bathrooms that could use a good cleaning or gutters that are sagging or clogged with debris. Spending a weekend cleaning up will take care of any mildew or mold so you can go into the warmer months fresh. It’s also a good idea to have your carpets and furniture steam-cleaned, especially if you like to have your windows open or a ceiling fan on during the summer months, as this can lead to the collection of dust, pollen, and other outdoor debris inside your home.
Remember to take stock of what needs to be done and think about whether it’s something you can fix yourself or if you need to ask for help. Going into a project without the right tools or know-how can be dangerous and could lead to thousands of dollars in repairs down the road, so it’s best to leave the big job to the pros. Once you’ve properly assessed your home, it’s time to kick back and enjoy the sunshine with a glass of lemonade.
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