Traditionally, spring is a time for inspecting and updating a home to get ready for the summer months. Homes can take a beating from harsh winds, rain and snow during the winter, and a little updating is often necessary. Here are a few areas of your property that you can upgrade to improve the look and the function of your residence.
Inspect Your Gutter System
Gutters do the important work of keeping rainfall off your structures exterior walls and away from the foundation. A good cleaning will help to ensure your gutters are serving your home well and will alert you to problems such as cracks, loose fasteners and other problems. Badly damaged gutters may need to be replaced to provide adequate protection against water intrusion.
Improve Your Landscaping
A good clean-up will improve the appearance of your landscaping and will provide an opportunity to trim back trees and shrubs, as well as to add additional items to make your home look inviting. An ornamental tree near the front door is an attractive touch. Curved flowerbeds, rather than rectangular beds, create a softer more graceful look for your yard.
Have Your AC System Checked
As the weather warms, homeowners begin to depend on their air-conditioning system to provide comfort for them. Preparing your system in advance can help you avoid inconvenient breakdowns. To ensure your cooling system is prepared for proper cooling in the warmer months, you should give your HVAC system a thorough cleaning. Have a technician replace worn parts. If your system is older, you should consider replacing it with a new, energy-efficient model.
Have Your Roof Inspected and Repaired
Winter weather can also degrade your roof, with hard rains, snow and ice causing gaps in the material that can allow water into your home interior. Common roof problems such as cracked tiles, missing tiles, damaged flashing and separation of membrane material can lead to leaks inside the home. A reputable roofing contractor will be able to find these problems and offer solutions to repair your roof. If your roof is older than 20 or 30 years, you may need to replace it with a new roof.
These upgrades not only make your home more comfortable for the summer weather. They will also help to maintain the value of your home in the marketplace. Take a walk around your property in the spring and see if your home could benefit from these updates.