Spring Cleaning: Top Priority Fix-It Areas of the Home
Proper home maintenance can preserve the value of your property and prevent serious damage. As soon as the weather turns warmer, you should examine your home for signs of winter damage. Snowstorms, high winds and ice dams can all damage your home, but you do not have to let that short-term damage turn into a major home repair. Here are some of the high-priority spring cleaning projects that should be on your to-do list.
Check for Peeling Paint
The harsh days and nights of winter are hard on your exterior paint. Now that spring is here, watch out for peeling, cracking and bubbling on the paint protecting your home.
Damaged paint can create a host of problems for your home. Repainting the damaged areas, or the entire home, can prevent further damage. If you do not feel up to climbing a ladder and repainting the exterior of your home, you can hire a handyman to do the job for you. A professional handyman will have the training and expertise needed to do the job safely, and the quality materials to do it right.
Clean and Repair Your Gutters
Your gutters and downspouts are essential elements of your home’s drainage system, but the harsh winter weather can cause them to clog up with debris. Cleaning the gutters and checking the downspouts for damage should be part of your spring cleaning checklist.
If you feel up to climbing the ladder and checking your gutters, go right ahead. Sometimes, however, it is better to hire a professional to look for damage and recommend repairs. A professional may be able to spot damage you would have overlooked, and hiring a pro is certainly safer than climbing your rickety ladder.
The ice and snow of winter can block storm drains and create a host of other drainage issues. When spring comes and the snow finally melts, check for drainage problems. Just wait for the first heavy rainfall of the season, then take a walk around your home and look for puddles and standing water.
That pooling could indicate a drainage problem and put your foundation at risk. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may need to dig a new drainage ditch or hire a professional to re-grade the area.
Seal Cracks in the Driveway and Walkway
The freeze and thaw cycle that comes with winter and early spring is hard on concrete and asphalt. Chances are your sidewalks, walkways and driveway have suffered damage during the colder months.
If the damage is minor, you can fix it on your own. Filling a few cracks in the driveway or sidewalk is easy enough. If the damage is more severe, it is a good idea to hire a professional contractor to do the repairs. You can find driveway sealers and pavers in the local phone directory or on the Internet. Just be sure to check their references and credentials carefully and get a written estimate before work begins.