The cold winter days are over and we’re now approaching warmer temperatures, which a lot of homeowners love. Still, like how you prepared for winter, you also need to prepare your home for the changing of seasons. Get your home in tip-top shape and ready for springtime with these home improvement tips:
10 Ways to Make Your Home Ready for Springtime
1. Examine the roof, gutters, and shingles
Go up to your rooftop and examine if winter did any considerable damage to your roof or caused any part to be loosened and unfastened. Replace or repair whatever needs replacing and fixing in time for the summer. The summer’s heat can be pretty unforgiving on shingles and gutters.
2. Update your front door
Give your facade a facelift by updating your front door. You can either replace the front door with a new one or give it a fresh look with a new coat of paint.
3. Fix walkways and patios
Inspect your walkways and patios for chipped and cracked surfaces as winter is hard on concrete. After identifying which parts need to be fixed and which ones need to be replaced, gather the materials for the project and start working on it.
4. Inspect your HVAC system
Springtime is the best time to have your HVAC system inspected and serviced in preparation for the summertime heat. Be sure to pay more attention to your air conditioner, your attic fan, and your ductwork and see if they need any repair work.
5. Give your sink and faucets a facelift
One of the easiest home improvements you can do is replacing the fixtures and hardware inside your home — specifically, your faucets and sinks. A good cleaning can do the job, but if you truly want to go big, full hardware replacements are the way to go.
6. Check your pipes for leaks
Winter does a lot to any structure and material, even steel. Make sure to check all your pipelines for cracks and leaks brought about by the drop in temperature during wintertime. If necessary, replace the affected part with a stainless steel welded pipe.
7. Fill in low areas around your property with compacted soil
Areas around your home that are low need to be filled with compacted soil to protect the foundations. The springtime rains can cause flooding around the house and could do considerable damage to your home’s foundation.
8. Examine and clean the chimney
Check your chimney for any sign of damage brought by winter and clean it. You can choose to DIY this task or hire the services of a professional chimney sweep.
9. Check concrete for cracks
Go around the property and check the concrete slabs for any signs of movement and cracks. Fill in whatever cracks you find with silicone caulk or a concrete crack filler. If the weather cooperates, give it a good power wash before sealing it.
10. Remove the firewood and store them properly
Take out all the firewood from your home and safely store them away from the house. Take note of proper firewood storage and keep them at least two feet away from the house and 18 inches above the ground.
Get yourself ready to take on these springtime projects and increase your home’s curb appeal and value.