With the first day of spring just a few days away, regardless of the impending final blast of winter we are currently enjoying, the snow banks are slowly retreating and it’s time to finally think about spring cleaning. After our record breaking winter, we are all looking forward to once again enjoying our homes and the outdoors.
As we start to think about our spring to-do or honey-do lists, here are some important things all homeowner should keep in mind, we’ll start at the top:
After a Rough Winter of Ice Dams and Roof Raking – Be Sure to Repair / Inspect Your Roof
An easy and safe way to inspect your roof, without the use of ladders is to use a pair of binoculars. If you can see that there is any damage it may be necessary to hire a contractor or handyman to repair a few shingles. If the damaged is more extensive, you’ll need a roofer
Also – Don’t forget to check and repair breaks in the flashing seals around vent stacks and chimneys, too.
If your home has a flat roof, look for wear and tear in the roof surface. Check the flashing that seals the joint between the parapet and roof. All of the heavy snow we received this year can split the flashing, resulting in leaks.
Not Just a Fall Chore – in the spring it is equally important to Clean Out the Gutters
You may have cleaned you gutters in October, but if your home is like mine, there were still leaves, pine needles, pine cones and other fall ruminates that were trapped in the gutters all winter. Not only are these items there, but in the spring various petals and seeds are flying around and if you have a maple tree near by all those little twigs may find a home in your gutter. Be sure to also look for sagging or otherwise damaged gutter components and repair if necessary.
After cleaning the gutters, be sure to add extensions to downspouts to carry water at least 3 to 4 feet away from your home’s foundation. You can also use 4-inch corrugated plastic pipe as a good alternative.
Doors and Windows – Be Sure to Caulk the Cracks
If you find a gap around a door or window is wider than a nickel, you need to reapply exterior caulk. While checking your windows also be sure to check the seals between the glass and the window frame. In order to help with the air conditioning add weather-stripping around doors, making sure that you can’t see any daylight from inside your home. You’ll save money on air conditioning and you won’t have to repeat this task in the fall.
Prepare for a “scortchah” and “dog days” of Summer – Inspect Your AC
For an external AC unit – Clear debris from around the outside of air conditioner.
We also recommend that you have your air conditioning system professionally serviced. For about $75 to $200, a technician will tune up your cooling system to manufacturer-rated efficiency
Change/clean HVAC air filters. Dirty filters make your air conditioner work harder, increasing energy costs and possibly damaging your equipment. Check them monthly and replace as needed, or at least every three months.
For window AC units
Besides cleaning out the units to check for mold, a good clean-out will improve the efficiency of the air conditioning unit. Blowing out or vacuuming out the fan, coil and grill will improve air flow which will result in better running units.
Safety First – please unplug the AC before cleaning.
Onto the Inside….
Store your off-season items: You don’t need them, why keep the clutter in your way? Pack up winter clothes including coats, gloves, scarves and other extra-warm items. You can also stow away winter decorations and snow/ice removal tools.
Organize your garage: this goes hand-in-hand with storage. A clean, organized garage can be a one-day project, but can save you time and stress for months to come. Any perpetually un-used items can pull in some extra cash for you by having a yard / garage sale.
Furniture and carpet – might be time to call in the professionals on this one! Or, you can rent professional-grade upholstery and carpet shampooing devices at your local home improvement stores. Nothing will make your home smell (and feel) fresher than a full-scale upholstery and carpet shampoo.
Best of luck with your spring cleaning! Thanks for reading
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