With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you need to get done around the house. Spring cleaning is just one part of preparing for warmer weather, after all. In addition, you’ll need to take care of some home maintenance projects. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few projects you absolutely need to complete this spring.
When warmer weather finally rolls around, it’s easy to see the damage that snow and ice have done to your driveway and walkways. Smaller cracks may have been exacerbated by expanding and melting ice all winter long, which could leave your curb appeal looking a little, well, unappealing. Driveways paved with asphalt typically last between 12 and 20 years, but the occasional crack is bound to happen during the winter months. In this case, it’s important that you call a professional to get the job done. It might seem less expensive to do it yourself, but you should really only trust a pro to get this job done right. And once it’s done, you likely won’t have to worry about it for another few years or so. A concrete driveway might require a little less maintenance, but sealing up any cracks that have appeared or worsened is always a good idea.
This is another home maintenance task that you can’t ignore once spring rolls around. Your roof is your last defense against the elements, which means it’s important that it stays in good shape. Not only that, but your roof can help reduce your energy costs in some cases. The average home spends almost 10% of its budget on lighting alone — imagine how much is spent on heating and cooling if there’s not proper insulation underneath the roof. In addition, missing shingles and leaks have the potential to really wreak havoc on your home if you’re not careful. And while you’re at it, you should have your chimney inspected, too. Scheduling time to have both your roof and your chimney inspected during the spring can help you avoid issues during future winters.
Once winter is over, it’s normal for your house to look a little bit rough. If your home is located close to the road, it’s possible that dirt and salt spray from passing vehicles have taken a toll on your siding and windows. Whether you rely on a private well like 13 million other households or use public water systems, it’s time to get washing. The easiest way to clean off your home’s exterior is with a power washing machine. If you don’t own one, you can typically rent one for a few days from your local hardware store. Once you get the hang of using it, you may want to wash down your driveway and walkways, too. Not only does this help improve the appearance of your home, but it can also help avoid any corrosive materials from sticking and wreaking havoc on your property.
When spring rolls around, you’re looking at a perfect opportunity to get some much-needed home maintenance done. Remember to put these projects on your to-do list!
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