Although we've had some variable weather of late - high winds and snow already this week for instance - Spring has in fact been here for a few weeks and so it's time for some important maintenance tasks around the home.
Here are some useful pointers to some of the main things that you should be paying attention to.
Gutters - Ensure gutters and downpipes are clear of leaves and other items that can block water flow.
Roof - Has there been any damage to the roof over the winter? Binoculars are often sufficient to to check for any big problems. If you have nearby trees, branches should be at least five to seven feet from your home so that moisture and various critters can't enter your property. Branches that are too close might also harm paintwork etc.
Air conditioning - Now is a great time to check that your air conditioning is in good working order before it gets more stressed in the warmer months to come. Your compressor should also be clear of any vegetation or other obstructions that may have accumulated over the winter months.
Paintwork - Inspect for any winter damage and make any affected areas good. Applying a pressure washer to wood surfaces will reveal weak spots where paint is flaking.
Decking - Deck components are subject to deterioration over time. Ascertain that your deck is in good shape to take the additional loads of spring/summer events etc.
Lawn sprinklers - Make sure water irrigation systems are fully functioning and not in need of repair. Controllers should be adjusted to avoid overuse of water.
Garden equipment - Now is the best time to service equipment such as mowers and trimmers, so they are reliable when in regular use in the next few months.
Window and door seals - Air leakage at building apertures such as windows and doors leads to more expensive air conditioning bills in summer. Check for and repair any seal damage.
Screens - they perform a great function in allowing windows and doors to let in fresh air and keep critters out, but not if their condition has degraded over the winter. Inspect them all and repair/replace as required.
We hope that these pointers help you to get your home in tip-top shape. All this advice is arguably even more important if you're planning to sell your home soon. If you are, why not contact us today for more specific guidance.