More than ever it feels good to get outside --- even if it means you have to do a little work. Stretching your muscles and doing a bit of manual labor to spruce up the outside of your home will be appreciated by the neighbors and will prevent issues down the road:
- Visually inspect the roof for damage.
- Clean your gutters and downspouts. Make sure downspouts are directed at least 5 feet from your foundation walls.
- Trim branches and shrubs at least a foot away from your home.
- Inspect and replace caulk on windows, doors and other openings. Always inspect caulk where different materials meet- for example where the wood siding meets your foundation.
- Examine windows for broken glass or signs of moisture between the panes. Repair any holes in your screens.
- Check that windows and doors open and close properly. Examine all hardware on windows and doors; lubricate as needed.
- Check the condition of all exterior surfaces - repaint any areas that show signs of wear before they deteriorate.
- Scrub your deck or porch and reseal or paint if necessary. Check decks, porches, stairs, and railings for loose rails.
- Inspect the grading around the house to be sure water drains away from the foundation on all sides.
- Make sure your lawn sprinkler heads do not spray the walls of the house.
- De-winterize hose faucets.
- Clean leaves and debris around outside airconditioning condenser.
- Repair all cracked or uneven driveways for safety.
- Check the safety features of your garage door opener.
- Inspect outdoor play equipment.
Hope this check list helps. Have a happy and healthy Spring!
Frost Finds Group