Friday, March 26, 2021 / by John Salkowski
Every homeowner should inspect these seven areas when spring arrives.
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Spring is upon us, and now’s the perfect time to make sure your home is prepared and properly maintained for the rest of the season. Here are the top seven things you should look at to ensure your home remains in tip-top shape throughout the spring:
1. Inspect your gutters and downspouts: I always recommend that you have a professional take care of your gutters, but you can always do so if you feel comfortable. Otherwise, contact us to learn about our recommendations for gutter work. Regardless, checking your gutters is important after a hard winter. The heavy snow can damage gutters and cause leakage, so make sure they’re ready for the looming spring downpours.
2. Inspect the roof: Have a professional get up there and take a look at your shingles; if you have a flat roof, they’ll look at the rubber that’s on it. Winter is hard on roofs, especially ones with shingles. Though you can look at the roof yourself, we always recommend using the services of a professional. Pay extra attention to the roof vents—more specifically, the rubber “boot” around it. This is where most leakage comes from, so it’s important to have this inspected annually.
3. Inspect the home exterior: Whether you have vinyl, stucco, or stone siding, the winter can cause moss and mildew to grow. Have those surfaces cleaned—this also makes your home looking spectacular during the warmer months. Also, look for cracked or missing caulk around the windows or doors. We even recommend having an exterior contractor come out to scrape away old caulk and replace it.
4. Inspect your landscaping: Make sure trees, bushes, and other things close to your property are properly trimmed and maintained. Get rid of old leaves and mulch every spring—this will also allow you to look at the beds around the foundation and ensure there are no leaks or cracks.
5. Inspect the outside air conditioner condenser: You want to make sure it’s level, and you also want an HVAC professional to inspect your AC to ensure it’s operating properly and efficiently for the upcoming summer months.
6. Inspect the driveway and walkway: We recommend that you have your driveway inspected and sealed every two years. This will make it last decades longer than it would otherwise. Have a professional repair any cracks present in your walkways, as water can seep in, freeze, and cause damage.
7. Inspect the insulation in the attic: I’ve had past clients who went up in their attics and found animals had made their home inside. While checking to make sure no critters are staying rent-free, inspect the perimeter of your attic to look for rodent droppings. If you find any, it’s time to call pest control. Do the same thing in your basement and look for potential signs of pests, cracks, or leakage.
If you have any questions or would like to hear about our recommendations for trustworthy professionals, feel free to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you soon.