The weather is just about perfect here in Savannah during the Spring season, making it the perfect time of year to boost the visual appeal of your home and make sure you are maintaining it. Annual upkeep should be at the top of every homeowners to-do list. It will always be less expensive to maintain your home rather than have to fix major problems that could have been avoided by keeping up to date with minor repairs.
Leave your cabin fever behind and get into the home maintenance mood!
SPRING HOME MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST
1. Clean out the Gutters – You’d be surprised at how much debris can collect in your gutters if they are not protected. Break out the ladder (or hire a professional) and clean them out.
2. Inspect the Windows – If you have outdated windows, Spring is the perfect time of year to replace them with energy efficient ones. Not only will you save on your electric bill, but you’ll be eligible for tax savings too! If not replacing windows, be sure to give them a good cleaning, using newspaper instead of paper towels. While you’re at it, take down the window treatments and clean them too. Also check the screens to make sure they are not ripped and are securely in place.
3. Power Wash – You can either rent a power washer or hire a professional, but either way, concentrate on removing debris from the driveway, sidewalks, pavers or other outdoor space, and the exterior of your home.
4. Replace Batteries in Smoke Detectors – This one doesn’t need any explanation!
5. Change Air Filters – Every year you should replace the filters in your heating and cooling systems to get the most out of the units. This will not only help to prolong the life of the system, but will help keep allergens to a minimum.
6. Check the Roof – Take a look at your roof to make sure you haven’t lost any shingles over the course of the year, which could cause leaks.
7. Get Outdoor Items Season Ready – Before you use the grill for the first time, CLEAN it! You don’t want to cook a steak on last year’s leftover food residue. Also wash your outdoor furniture, especially if you had it tucked away in the shed.
8. Refresh the Mulch or Stone – No matter what you use as the surroundings for plants and flowers, giving it a fresh layer will have it looking its best.
9. Get Organized – Use the next rainy day to clean out the closets and get organized. Start by taking everything out, take stock of what you have and what you need to keep, then use colorful totes or clear containers to store your items.
Giving your home an annual inspection to check for damage is the best way to keep overall costs to a minimum and have your home looking its best.