Spring is often a stressful time for homeowners. With spring fever comes spring cleaning, which can lead to plenty of stress. There’s a lot to tackle around the house come springtime, but by taking the steps to incrementally address certain areas of your home, you can reduce your spring anxiety and give some necessary care to your home that will help to maintain it for months and years to come.
In the beginning of spring, be sure to address the following:
Inspect The Exterior Of Your Home
This may seem self-explanatory, but it’s extremely important to check the exterior of your home after the winter months. Snowstorms and cold weather can lead to chipped paint, damaged siding and holes in other exterior surfaces. Be aware of the condition of the outside of your home, as the more information you can provide, the better the fix will be.
Check Your Home’s Exterior Drainage
As snow shifts to regular rainstorms, having functioning drainage is essential. Water should not stand around your home for over 24 hours. If it does, you may need some grading done or new gutters installed. Having drainage issues addressed can prevent water damage to your home, which can cost a lot more than these spring fixes if left unaddressed.
Clean Your Home’s Gutters
Every home needs a good gutter cleaning after winter. The autumn months can bring leaves and other tree debris, while winter can leave sediment and dirt. Clogged gutters can cause water damage and roof leaks if left uncleaned, so you’ll want to clean them to promote steady water flow to protect the exterior of your home.
Replace Damaged Window Screens
With warmer weather comes opened windows, which is why you’ll want to be sure to replace any damaged window screens. Screens with holes will allow bugs and other small critters to sneak into your home, which can be a real nuisance.
Wash Your Home
Even if you have a new home, a nice wash will be good for it just as spring begins. The best part is that you don’t even need a power washer. (It can damage your siding, too, depending on the material.) All you need to do is attach a siding cleaning kit to your garden hose and you’ll be ready to start.
These steps will help to improve both the appearance and durability of your home, just by taking the simple steps above. These are just a few good habits to implement as a homeowner at winter’s conclusion, with many more practices available to improve your home. Keep on the lookout for more home maintenance tips from Eagle Construction & Remodeling, the top home contractor in Berks County and beyond.