Spring is here and now that it’s warming up, many of us are starting to prepare or check off things on our spring checklists. If you don’t have a list or aren’t sure what you should even do, don’t worry, we’ve got you! We’d like to offer you some of our best tips on how to care for and protect your home. We’ll take you through areas you’ll want to inspect for wear, areas that may need some cleaning and scrubbing, and also some general upkeep and maintenance tasks. We’ve also included a handy dandy checklist at the bottom of this post to help you along.
If after reading this post you’re feeling overwhelmed, wondering where you’re going to find the time, or simply know already you’re going to need a professional, I have some great news for you! Fixer has been working on a new beta program called “Care & Protect” to help you not only through this season, but all throughout the year with home maintenance tasks. We’re slowly inviting a limited group of people in Chicago, but if you’re interested, you can learn more here. Now, let’s get started!
Do A General Inspection
Winter is tough, not only on you but also on your house. The good news is, it passes, the bad news is, now that it’s Springtime you’re going to need to do a thorough home inspection. Check your roof for signs of wear and tear or shifted shingles. Next, check your siding, door, and window seals for any signs of damage. Once you’ve got that sorted, give any hardscaping a once over, like driveways or walkways. Temperature drops and fluctuations can cause small cracks in concrete. If they’re little enough, they should be an easy fix, but large cracks or damage will need to be repaired by a professional.
Remember, make sure your general inspection is detailed. Damage is easy and inexpensive to repair when it’s minor, but leaving it alone will only cause it to worsen and potentially burn a big hole in your wallet. We recommend keeping a list of all the things you need a professional to repair. Fixer can help you with nearly all small repairs, and even if we can’t, we can help you find someone who can.
Clean Your Gutters
After Winter is over, your gutters and drains are likely to need some desperate attention. They’ve spent the past few months doing their job and draining rain and snowmelt off your roof, but also filling with the leaves and debris that Winter leaves in its path. Use a ladder to clean out debris that you can grab with your hands (make sure to wear gloves) and then use a hose to rinse out any remaining gunk that’s left over.
Forgetting to clean out your drains can cause them to get clogged, which in turn can lead to water not being efficiently directed off your roof and away from your house. Remember, Winter might be over, but Spring also tends to be a very rainy season, so you’ll need fully functioning drains and gutters!