Spring is in the air and your reward for having survived such a long winter is… a list of chores. While no one likes chores, it’s important to make sure your house is in good, safe, working condition now so that you don’t end up with bigger problems later. Here are the nine things you should tackle in the upcoming days and weeks so that when summer finally comes, you’ll be in full maintenance mode leaving a lot more time for fun. And though you can certainly manage most of this stuff on your own, Thumbtack’s professionals are always there to help you with any projects that seem daunting or require a specialist. Plus, it gives you more time to enjoy the sunshine.
Get Your Roof Inspected
Winter can be brutal on roofs, so now’s the time to bring someone in to do a close inspection, so you can get address any issues before they become problems. A roof inspection includes a thorough look at the entire roof and opinions about the conditions of the flashing, shingles or tile, valleys, trim, etc. The problems the inspector will look for include moisture or wind damage, leakage, staining and streaking from mold or mildew, and loose flashing or seals. The inspector will also give you a list of any maintenance needed as well as an estimate for the work.
Spring Clean Your Deck
Now’s the time to do a thorough cleaning because it can put a lot of stress on wood to clean a deck in the summer and you’ll want it ready for entertaining as soon as the weather complies. This includes removing any debris that’s managed to find its way between boards, and replacing or repairing any boards that are warped, loose, or splintered. In addition, you’ll want to clean the deck with a commercial cleaner and stain and reseal it if the finish is faded or worn. It’s a lot of work, but something a professional can handle in one afternoon.
Check for Air Leaks and Seal Windows
Drafty windows mean the AC will slip out and the hot summer air will slip in, so you want to get this problem solved before it gets too warm outside. Makes sure any caulking and weather stripping is intact. You’ll want to pay close attention to any windows that are exposed to snow, rain, or extreme sunlight. This is also a good time to clean your windows inside and out. Since you’re there anyway.
Get an Air Conditioning Tune-Up
Spring is the time to change the filter, check for proper refrigerant levels, clean evaporator and condenser coils, calibrate the condenser, and oil motors if needed. Air conditioning maintenance can help prevent small problems from becoming big problems and you’ll want to do it now as with the dog days of summer comes longer waits and higher prices.
Get Your Lawn in Shape
If you neglect your lawn now, you’ll regret it the rest of the year. You’ll want to start with a good raking to remove any debris left from fall, excessive thatch, and any grass that died over the winter. Now’s also the time to apply grass seed to any bare patches, fertilize, and pull up any weeds. And while you’re in the yard, you should also trim dead branches on trees and shrubs. Most of these are tasks you can tackle on your own, but a landscaping company can also come in and immediately decipher what needs to be done and where.
Make Sure Your Sprinklers Are Working
Check your sprinkler system for leaky valves, exposed lines, and to make sure that the sprinkler heads are all working properly. This is also the time to see if there’s an area of the yard that is getting too much or too little water. If anything’s not in good working condition, bring in a professional to help you solve the problem.
Prep Your Garden
Till the dirt, pull the weeds, add compost, lay down fabric landscape… Now is the time to take stock of your garden, make sure your tools are clean and sharpened, and get the soil packed with nutrients so that when you are ready to plant, the result is gorgeous and healthy plants.
Get the the Grill Ready
One of the best things about summer is cooking out in the backyard. Which means now is the time to get the grill out and check the burners for clogs, make sure gas hoses are secure, or if you have a charcoal grill, to get it clean of ash and grease residue and ready for burgers and hot dogs.
Do a Safety Check
None of this other stuff will matter if you and your family aren’t safe. Make time now to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as make sure the gauges on your fire extinguishers read 100 percent. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, you can buy one at your local hardware store. After you do so, make sure everyone in your family knows where it’s located and how to use it.