Keepin’ it Fresh: 5 Spring Upkeep Tips for Your Home

From on April 02, 2010 in Tools and Tips

As the piles of snow begin to melt and all that pesky winter gear gets stashed away again, it’s the perfect time to tackle those spring cleaning projects. These tips will help you decide what part of your home should be tended to first.

#1 - Check Your Exterior Paint

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While this may just seem like a cosmetic fix, it is very important to make sure that paint chipping hasn’t left any wood exposed. This could eventually lead to rotting. Experts suggest brushing away any peeling paint, sanding it down, covering the area with primer and painting it to match the rest of the house.

#2 - Clear Out Your Gutters

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Rainy season is upon us, which means it’s time to clean out those leaf-packed gutters. If moisture is allowed to collect in these areas, it could weaken your roof and make your home susceptible to mold and mildew. Also, make sure to clean the downspout and ensure that it isn’t pointing close to foundation walls.

#3 - Inspect Your Air Conditioner

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If you live in an area that experiences winter weather, then your air conditioner has most likely been lying dormant for a few months now. In order to make sure that it runs at optimal level, start changing those filters monthly. Not only will this drop energy costs, but will also keep dirt and dust from blowing out from the unit.

#4 - Check Your Windows and Doors

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Take some time to make sure your windows and doors aren’t allowing for leaks or drafts. Seal these problem areas up to save on energy costs and damage repair down the road.

#5 - Repair Tile Grout

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Paying attention to worn-down tile grout and fixing it as it occurs can keep you from spending a bundle on massive repairs later on. Re-seal those tiny cracks and if possible, wipe down tub and shower walls to keep your tile free from soap buildup.

If all these repairs seem like daunting tasks, break them down. Avoiding damage and keeping your home’s value high will make it all worth it. I promise.

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