Home maintenance tips for spring | Angies List, Angie's List

Home maintenance tips for spring | Angies List, Angie's List

Save money by avoiding costly repairs down the road and spring clean the inside and outside of your home now. If you'd rather relax and enjoy the warmer temperatures, use Angie's List consumer reviews to find a contractor that will take care of these items for you, but hurry. Busy season is here, and their schedules will be filling up!

  1. Check the exterior of your home for snow, ice or wind damage. Finding damage early will increase your chances of getting an early repair, as many home improvement companies begin their busy seasons this time of year.
  2. Have your crawl space Inspected for water accumulation or excessive moisture. Check for water damage on the sub-floor and joists beneath the kitchen, bathroom and laundry areas.
  3. Check out your roof. Depending on the style and pitch of your roof, you may want to use a ladder and a pair of binoculars to look for missing or broken shingles and other damage. If you don’t feel comfortable on a ladder, call a roofer before the busy season begins.
  4. Check weather stripping around doors and windows.
  5. Remove storm windows and replace with screens.
  6. Get in the garage and take a close look at your garden equipment and tools. If your lawnmower needs serviced, it’s a good idea to call now. Garden service companies will get busy in the next couple of weeks. Don’t forget to clean and sharpen other garden tools as well.
  7. Check the valve where water enters your house, outdoor faucets and valves to toilets, bathroom and kitchen sinks. Turn each valve off and on several times to identify any leaks.
  8. Get your carpets cleaned. Experts recommend a professional carpet cleaning every 12 to 18 months, but this can vary depending on how many people live in your home and if you have children or pets. Dirty carpet contains soil and other debris that will wear your carpet’s fibers. Schedule an appointment with carpet cleaners now to cut down on your wait time.
  9. Get your gutters cleaned. Professionals recommend gutter cleaning in the spring and the fall. Clogged gutters can lead to water damage in your home.
  10. Remove wet leaves and debris from your deck, front porch and around your house. Use a garden hose on your siding and deck to remove the film left by dirty snow and rain. Attach a soft-bristled, long-handled car brush to the hose for some extra help. Use a mild cleanser to get those tough-to-clean spots. Allowing the debris to accumulate can trap water, lead to staining or mold build-up and create an ideal environment for termites.

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