Are you ready for summer? Join the club! While it might not be quite time for pool parties, backyard cookouts, and beach days, now is the perfect time to start prepping your house for Spring and Summer! Keeping your home on a routine maintenance schedule not only helps keep major repair issues at bay, but it also allows you to use nice weather for more fun activities 😉
Check out these: Top 5 Home Maintenance Tips To Do Before Spring!
1-) Clean the gutters: We know, it’s not such a fun job. However, leaving leaves, branches, dirt, and debris in your gutters can not only lead to poor drainage, it can also cause your gutters to sag and disconnect from the house. This is a much more expensive maintenance issue to fix. To clean your gutters more easily, grab a sturdy ladder, a pair of gloves to protect your hands, and a hose or power washer to blast the dirt and grime out.
Pro Tip: Consider installing gutter guards to keep debris from building up in your gutters again. This can save you time and money!
2-) Prep the yard: It’s way more fun to yard work when it’s cool than in the middle of the summer. Use this time to star prepping your yard for Spring and Summer fun! Clean out fallen branches, mulch your flower beds, and rake old pine needles or yard debris. Did you need to replace stepping stones or re-rock your fire pit? This is a great time to jump on that task before the Spring showers come in to make the yard muddy.
Pro Tip: Be sure to check your city’s website for large yard item pickup requirements and dates.
3-) Power wash your house: Ok, we’ll give you this one…this is a bigger project! However, power washing your home not only keeps it looking amazing, to also helps keep mold and insects at bay. If you don’t own a power washer, consider renting one or borrowing one from a neighbor.
Pro Tip: Power washing creates a lot of water run-off. If it’s still chilly outside, be sure to check the weather before you power wash. If the water runs off onto your driveway and sidewalk, make sure it’s not going to freeze overnight and leave you with an ice slick.
4-) Caulk around doors and windows: Caulking not only gives a freshly maintained appearance, it is also a very important step in keeping moisture out of your home’s cracks and crevasses. Also, keeping your windows and doors caulked can actually help save you money on your energy bill.
Pro Tip: consider the color of caulk that you are using to ensure that it matches as closely as possible to the surrounding siding or material. Have a wet rag handy to keep your job neat and clean. Also, check what type of caulk will work best for your project. There is a guide here.
5-) Check out your roof: Before the Spring showers come, make sure your roof is good to go! Have you noticed any interior damages showing on the ceiling that may indicate a water leak? Are there any shingles missing? Climb in your attic and look for signs of moisture damage or leaks.
Pro-Tip: Taking a pro-active approach to rook maintenance can save you time and money! Cumulative damage to your roof is not covered on a home insurance policy. By staying on-top of maintenance for your home, you can avoid costly repairs down the road.
To get the tailored policy coverage that you need, call The CHOICE Insurance Team today at 757-416-5100 and ask for a comprehensive review. We will review your home, auto, business, Life, and Identity Theft protection needs (and more!), and help you develop a plan to protect yourself, your business, your property, and your family. Give us a call today!
All the Best,
The CHOICE Team
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