Spring-cleaning has a certain ideal that comes with it that we all recognize—out with the old, in with the new. Most of the time we take that old adage to apply to the physical things within our homes. Spring offers the opportunity to donate old clothes, get rid of our kid’s broken toys, and provides us with the rare opportunity to take inventory of all that we possess.
Less likely, however, is our awareness to take inventory of some of the repairs needed to our home itself.
Here are a few things to take inventory of in your home to get ready for the warmer months ahead:
State of Your Exterior
Winter weather can wreak havoc on the exterior of your home. Between the wind, snow, and ice, the outside of your home probably took a beating over the colder months.
Spring is the perfect time to check the exterior of your home for any winter related wear and tear. Are there any cracks showing in your foundation? Do the steps leading up to your home need some TLC? Is your deck or porch going to need a fresh coat of water-resistant stain? Now is a great time to address some of these potential issues, so you can enjoy the outside of your home without worry in the summer ahead.
Also, be sure to check your shingles and see if any need replaced. Wind and snow can really damage your roof. The last thing you want heading into the rainy months is a surprise leak.
If your home rests on a crawlspace foundation, make sure you open up the vents underneath your house. Hopefully you knew enough to close them for the winter to protect your pipes from the weather—and if not, now you know! But it is just as important in the spring to let the air flow freely back through your crawlspace to ensure proper ventilation.
Without air flowing freely under your house, moisture will begin to build up. This paves the way for mildew to form and for your flooring to rot. Proper airflow will prevent this moisture from forming, saving you from expensive future repair costs.
Check Your HVAC
During the fall and winter, outside items may begin to clog up your home’s HVAC system.
It is wise to give your outside unit a thorough check to make sure small items—or even small animals—didn’t find their way in over the last several months. If there are some items that need removed, make sure you do so with care, or hire a professional to come inspect your unit. The cost will be minimal, and it’ll save you potential thousands if you were to replace the system if something happened.
Also, make sure to take a close look at your condensation pipes, that the area is clear and there are no clogs, and it is clear for draining.
Clear Your Gutters
During the fall and winter, items such as leaves, twigs, and branches can get lodged in your gutters and downspouts. With these items blocking the free flow of water from your roof, you could quickly find yourself swimming in the living room.
Now that the weather has warmed up, grab a ladder and clear out the gutters of any stray items. Then be sure to clear out the downspouts—and areas around them—so water can flow out safely. After you’re done, test your cleaning job out by dumping a small bucket of water into your gutters. If everything drains smoothly, you’ll know you’re good to go.
Fresh Coat of Paint
Much like the exterior of your home, the inside can take a beating during the winter months. Since you and your family aren’t outside as often, the walls of your home can begin to look a tad dingy and dull.
So, while you are spring-cleaning the inside, now would be a good opportunity to touch up some problem areas with a fresh coat of paint, or re-caulk a problem bathroom. You may even want to make a full project of it and repaint your entire house—that’s up to you! Remember to choose inviting, neutral colors to make it easier for future resale.
What are some of your spring-cleaning tips and tricks? Give us a call at our Martinsburg office at 304-263-3361, or the Inwood office at 304-229-7227 to speak with one of our agents today! And with spring-cleaning comes a good time to reevaluate your homeowners insurance needs. Click here to get a rate quote today and to learn more about the options available to you at Smallwood & Small!!
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