The birds have returned to your yard, leaves are budding on tree branches and the sunshine through your window causes you to stop and –well, actually, it causes you to realize that your windows could use a good scrubbing. Spring has sprung and once again, it is time to deep clean and maintain your abode.
Deciding what to tackle and determining where to begin can cause you to feel overwhelmed. Relax, take a few deep breaths and peruse our helpful list of five tasks you can tackle to freshen your home and keep it in great shape.
Climb up and look for damage caused by the weather, UV exposure or simply time. Look for rusty flashing, cracks in caulking or damaged vent pipefittings. Find any shingles that are buckling, cracked, curled or missing. Check your ceilings for signs of water damage, as well. Replace loose or missing nails, lost or broken tiles and damage or rusted fixtures.
While you still have that ladder handy, clean out the gutters. Remove leaves, twigs and anything else the elements or neighborhood critters have left behind that might obstruct water from moving through the pipes. Bring up the garden hose and flush out the gutters, making sure everything flows freely. Check for leaks, loose parts, rust and corrosion or missing fasteners. A quick trip to your local hardware store will have you all fixed up in no time.
3. Air Conditioner
Disconnect power to the AC unit and clean away leaves, dirt and debris from the condenser using a brush attachment on your wet/dry vacuum, removing the protective metal casing if necessary. If your unit has a drainage hole at the base, slide a thin wire into the hole to clear it. Remove the fan to lubricate the motor. Clean the condenser coils using your trusty garden hose.
4. Garage Door
Disconnect power to the garage door opener. Inspect hardware on the door, tightening any loose screws or replacing damaged brackets as needed. Spray the chain or screw with white lithium grease for lubrication. Lower the door about halfway and make sure it holds its position. If the door falls or rides up, the spring tension requires adjustment. Contact a garage door services professional such as Girard's Garage Door Services for this common but delicate garage door repair.
5. Exterior Walls and Foundation
Take a stroll around your house, looking for any obvious signs of disrepair. Replace missing siding and fill holes with expandable foam. Mark hairline cracks in the foundation wall with tape and check them again in a few months. If they expand, hire an expert to inspect them and make repairs if needed.
With a bit of time and a little effort, you can keep your home in tip-top shape and avoid costly repairs later.