With the nights getting shorter and the days getting longer and the weather warming up, spring is the perfect time to go outdoors and tackle some of those larger home projects that we keep putting off. Spring is the time to get your home and garden prepped for the upcoming summer months, giving it a ‘complete physical’ – inside and out. Particularly after those winter months, it is a good time to check the exterior for damage and make much-needed repairs before the heat of the summer sets in. Here are some helpful tips on what you should be watching for this season.
Check the Roof
Winter storms can cause a roof quite some damage, so the first step is making a simple visual inspection of your roof. If you are comfortable going up on a ladder, then best to inspect your roof from up high, however, if you do not ladder confidently just use binoculars. Here you should be looking for any damaged or missing shingles, signs of rusting, cracking or leaking. If you notice anything that might need a closer inspection or repair, call a roofer.
Once the last frost seems to have passed, it is important to clean and repair (if necessary) your gutters and downspouts, as clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to rotting, which can also invite all sorts of critters into your attic. Doing this early in the season can also help prevent damage from spring rains. Start by cleaning out all leaves and debris. If the gutters and downspouts seem to be sagging, reattach the gutters or replace them. You can use caulking to seal holes and prevent leaking. Ensure that downspouts must be facing away from the foundation of your home.
Check for Termites
Starting in March, all through to May or June, look out for these winged insects, as they can cause serious problems down the line. If you see a bunch of winged insects flying out of a hole in the woodwork, that is probably termites, and you should call a licensed professional pest control company, saving you both time and money in the long run.
Woodwork and Paint
As wood is prone to rot and decay it is important to inspect the woodwork on your property (this can include fences, decks, railings, and trellises), and give them some TLC. Check for signs of water stains, discoloration, and warping, as well as looking for rusty or loose nails. This is also the best time to give your home’s exterior paint if you are planning to do so.
Inspect Screen Windows and Doors
This is also the time to check for cracks and holes in the screens of your windows and doors. Screens are designed to allow good airflow while keeping bugs and mosquitoes out, but they will fail to do so if there are holes and tears. Check them all carefully, and repair as you go along. Most hardware stores offer screen repair kits at reasonable prices.