Great home tips checklist to complete every spring!
As we approach the end of winter we thought it would be helpful to remind you of a few things you can do to protect yourself and your home.
These 8 spring home tips will make sure any issues are avoided or addressed before they become a big problem. They are also a great checklist to complete every spring. Let us know if you have any questions or need direction based on anything you find. And of course sanitizing, painting and merchandising are part of the Painter Ready Experience
• Check Gutters
Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris.
• Examine Your Roof
Examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter and check flashing around plumbing vents, skylights, and chimneys. Shingles that are cracked, buckled, or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced.
• Probe Wood Trim for Rot
Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings, and decks for rot or damage. Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood.
• Move Firewood Away from Home
Remove firewood stored too near your home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground and at least 2 feet from your home.
• Replace Filters
Replace all filters including water, range hood, and air vent filters. You should replace these filters every 3-6 months depending on the type of filter you have.
• Clean Out the Dryer Vent
Disconnect the vent from the back of the machine and use a dryer vent brush to remove lint. Outside your home, remove the dryer vent cover and brush out any lint. Make sure the vent cover flap moves freely.
• Check Foundation Vents
If your home has a crawl space, foundation vents provide air circulation that helps prevent excess moisture and mold growth, and they prevent critters from taking up residence underneath your home. Clean the vents and repair any damaged screens.
• Test Smoke Alarms
Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace batteries as needed. It’s cheap, only takes a few minutes and could save your family’s lives.