Prepping Your Home for Spring

The snow is gone for the year (we hope) and summer is on the way, meaning it’s time for opening windows and spending more time out in the fresh air. Spring cleaning may be on your to do list, and it’s a good time to consider going beyond washing windows and clearing out the clutter. Here are a few ideas of how you can get your home ready for summer.

Check the Roof
Check your roof for cracked or missing shingles or tiles, and examine flashing around vents and the chimney for damage. If you don’t feel it’s safe for you to be climbing up there, you can check out your roof from across the street using a pair of binoculars. This is also the best time to have the chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional chimney sweep, as they tend to be booked solid in the months before winter.

Clean Your Gutters
When downspouts are clogged, rainwater can spill out of your gutters and around the perimeter of your house, putting it at risk for leaks and flooding. Clean the leaves and debris from your gutters, and the next time it rains, step outside and look for breaks or leaks in your gutters and downspouts.

Check the Vents
Inspect any vents along the foundation and in the attic for missing or damaged screens, debris, signs of insect or rodent infestation and any other issues, and be sure to fix or clean them before they have a chance to become bigger problems later on.

Groom Shrubs and Trees
The winter ice and snow can be rough of the branches of your shrubs and trees, Remove any broken or damaged branches, prune summer-blooming trees and shrubs, and rake up any fallen leaves.

Start Getting Your Lawn in Shape
Remove leaves and twigs and use a metal rake to de-thatch dead grass. Seed any bald patches or anywhere you want a thicker lawn and add a light application of fertilizer.

Give Your Lawn Mower a Tune-up
If you didn’t already do so in the fall, it’s time to service your lawn mower yourself or take it to a nearby small engine repair shop. Be sure to sharpen the blades, change the oil, remove dried grass and mud, and lubricate all moving parts.

Inspect and Clean Your Grill
Get your outdoor cooking station ready for spring by scraping away any rust spots that developed over the winter, cleaning the grill inside and out, Be sure to inspect the fuel tank hose for damage. To check the grill’s propane level, feel the outside of the tank. The area with fuel will be cooler than the empty portion.