Now that it’s spring and the weather is starting to warm up, we want to give you a few helpful maintenance tips to make sure you keep your new home looking good and functioning properly for years to come while avoiding costly repair bills further down the road.
Inspect your roof
Take some time when the weather gets warmer to assess the condition of your roof line and gutter system on your new home. Check for any damaged shingles or roof material so that you can help prevent leaks before they ever start. Inspect your gutter system for any damage from winter and clear any blockage of leaves and other debris to ensure that water will drain properly in the rainy spring season.
Check your driveway
With the temperature fluctuating a lot during the transition from winter to spring in is important to check your driveway for any damage. Transitioning from hot to cold for a few weeks can cause your drive to expand and contract, causing minor cracks over time. Both asphalt and concrete driveway cracks can easily be repaired with patch kits.
Examine window screens
Springtime has the perfect weather to have all the windows in your new home open to let in the fresh spring air. Before you do this be sure to check all of your window screens for tears or holes and repair them before keeping them open. This will prevent any bugs from being able to fly or crawl into your house.
Inspect your Air Conditioner
Once the weather gets warmer be sure and prepare and inspect your air conditioner to be sure that it is going to be ready and working for the warm summer months that are soon to come. First, be sure to clear any leaves, sticks, or other debris from the unit before using it. Next, be sure to inspect the filter on your air conditioner unit and if it is old or dirty, be sure to replace it.
Fire Extinguisher Check-up
First be sure you have a fire extinguisher near areas that are more susceptible to fire. The most important places are; the garage, the kitchen, and near a fireplace. If you already have fire extinguishers in these places in your new home be sure to check the gauges, test them, and replace them as necessary.
Check and adjust your sprinkler system
When the weather reaches a point where it is not expected to get below freezing anymore be sure to test your underground sprinkling system. Run a cycle to make sure all of the sprinkler heads are pointing where they should be. You want to avoid wasting water and having them hit things they shouldn’t be like your house and air conditioner.
Prepare your yard tools
To get ready to plant your garden and maintain your lawn be sure all of your tool at up to par. Replace broken handles on any shovels, rakes, or trowels. Sharpen any cutting tools such as pruning shears and lawn mower blades. Next, check the engine and belts in equipment that is powered by an engine. This is also a perfect time to put away any winter equipment for the summer such as snow blowers and snow shovels.