It's that time of year again. Spring has sprung and there are chores do be done. Routine maintenance is a big part of home ownership and hopefully you have a yearly calendar of routine tasks and when they need to be performed. Deferred maintenance will cause bigger, more expensive problems down the road and could cause you to lose some of your home's value if left undone for too long.
Here are a few things that I consider to be important spring time routine maintenance tasks.
1. Clean out and remove dead plant material and leaves from your plant beds.
2. Trim your trees and thin them out to ensure proper growth and stability. Make sure you check for any cracked or damaged trunks or limbs as this could create a dangerous situation if not corrected. When comparing tree trimming companies, make sure they have the proper insurance in case of damage.
3. Inspect your roof shingles for any damage that may have occurred over the winter months. If you are not comfortable doing this - hire a professional. Remember, if you find roof damage, check with your insurance company. Many insurance companies will pay for the repairs or possibly a new roof if the damage is severe.
4. Check your gutters and downspouts. Make sure they are secure. Clean out any leaves and debris.
5. Check fence poles and gates. If your fence poles have loosened up over the winter, wait until the soil is dry then clean out an area around the post and put down some new cement to secure the pole. Check your gate latches and hinges for proper functioning. This could be a security issue for your family and your pets.
6. Clean up all old leaves, debris and plant material that has accumulated over the winter. Not doing this could ruin your landscaping and could potentially cause a fire hazard during the hot, dry summer months.
7. Inspect your air conditioning unit inside and out. Change the inside filter and hose down the outside coils to remove any debris that could overwork your unit.
8. Close your fireplace dampers if you have not already done so.
9. Test your sprinklers and timers and adjust the heads where necessary.
10. Check vent blocks and remove faucet covers once you are sure that all freezing danger has passed.
11. Replace your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries then test the units.
12. Tune up your lawn mower and other lawn equipment for peak performance.
All of these routine maintenance items will keep your home in tip top shape and ready for the new season. If you are considering selling your home, call your realtor for more suggestions as to what you can do to help spruce up your home for maximum profits.
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