Spring is in the air and people are getting excited about it. Parks are packed on the weekends with families barbecuing and picnicking, people are out and about everywhere you look, yard work is being taken care of once again. All this points to winter moving on and summer preparing for its entrance. But there are things you need to take care of as a homeowner before you can enjoy the spring weather. Here are a few home maintenance tips that will help you get your home ready for warmer weather, spring rains, and the possible return of snow, which all make homeowner’s insurance necessary.
Winter May Not Be Over
The first thing to keep in mind during spring is that weather is unpredictable and winter may not have released her grasp quite yet. Especially in early April, it can be dangerous to assume that winter has officially given up. So, the first tip is to make sure that you don’t overestimate warm weather and leave windows and doors open overnight. Even on the warmest spring days, the night can bring major cooldowns that can bring things down to freezing levels. It’s also a good idea not to put away shovels and salt until you’re sure that the weather is going to stay warm.
Another thing to prepare for in spring is rain. The old adage goes “April showers bring May flowers”, but rain can also bring major problems for the unprepared. As spring moves in, it’s a good idea to check and clean your gutters and inspect your roof. If you’re comfortable on a ladder, these are things you can do yourself. If not, you can hire professionals to do it.
You should also check outdoor faucets for any damage. Winter weather can lead to broken pipes that you may not notice until Spring. You can easily check by turning on the water and placing your finger over the faucet. If the water stops, it may be escaping through a crack or break.
Your yard will likely need attention too, it’s very important you check out the trees in your yard while you’re doing this. Spring storms can bring down dead trees and rain can wash away sturdy ground, making it easier for trees to fall, damaging your home.
Furnace and Air Conditioner
Spring is also a good time to clean your furnace and get your air conditioner ready for summer. Cleaning out air filters, blowers, and motors can make it easier when it comes time to use these things in the future.