Spring is Coming – Things to do to Get Your Home ReadyMarch 19, 2015
As the warmer weather starts to move in, many home owners realize that their properties are no longer looking as attractive as they were earlier in the year. In some cases, harsh winter weather may have left properties with various forms of damage as well. However, there are a few simple ways in which a home can be prepared to welcome the much-anticipated warmer temperatures.
Inspect Air-Conditioning Units
In most parts of the U.S., winter brings a substantial amount of rain, sleet, snow or all of the above – each of which can cause a great deal of damage to outdoor air-conditioning units. If the filters are removable, they will need to be taken out and cleaned carefully so that any signs of wear and tear or damage can be identified immediately. It is also strongly recommended that all of a home’s air-conditioning units be thoroughly inspected by a professional before being turned on for the first time at the beginning of spring.
Inspect the Roof
Thanks to snow, sleet, ice or even heavy rains, most roofs will carry a heavy load during winter. As a result, it is important to inspect each section of a house roof carefully as soon as it is dry. This will enable broken roof tiles, shingles or even potential spots for roof leaks to be seen before they become more serious issues. It is strongly recommended that property owners get up on a ladder so that a close-up inspection can be done; if this is not possible, it is best to hire the services of roofing specialists to perform the inspection instead.
Clean Patio Furniture and Accessories
In many cases, patio furniture ends up being left outdoors to brave the elements during winter. As a result, it can end up becoming quite dirty or even damaged. Placing patio furniture out on the lawn and giving it a good hose down will not only get it clean again; it will also enable home owners to carefully check over the furniture to ensure that it is not damaged in any way. Once clean, it is recommended that rusted screws, nuts and bolts on furniture be replaced. If applicable, now is also the right time to reapply varnish or other protective coatings to wooden furniture.
Clean Dryer Vents and Test Smoke Detectors
Blocked dryer vents and faulty smoke detectors are among the leading causes of house fires each year. Smoke detector batteries should be changed once a year and tested at the same time to ensure that they are working properly. Dryer vents should be carefully taken apart and thoroughly cleaned on the inside to remove all of the excess lint that can start fires. Not only will this provide home owners with much-needed peace of mind; it will also help them lower their energy bills.
Carrying out the above mentioned tasks at the beginning of spring will help ensure that home owners are able to get as much enjoyment out of their properties as possible throughout the rest of the year as well.