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  • Writer's pictureA PEACE of HOME INSPECTIONS LTD. Mike Weselowski

Spring Maintenance

A Peace of Home Inspections Ltd.

As the snow melts away and flowers begin to bloom, it's time to shake off the winter blues and embrace the freshness of spring. While many of us focus on spring cleaning indoors, it's equally important to give some attention to the exterior and overall maintenance of our homes. As a seasoned home inspector, I've seen firsthand the difference that regular upkeep can make in preserving the integrity and value of a property. In this blog, I'll share some valuable spring maintenance tips to ensure your home remains in top condition throughout the year.

1. Roof Inspection and Repair: Start your spring maintenance routine by inspecting your roof for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Look for missing or damaged shingles, cracks, or leaks. Addressing these issues early can prevent water damage and prolong the life of your roof. If you're not comfortable inspecting your roof yourself, consider hiring a professional roofing contractor to do the job.

2. Gutters and Downspouts: Clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to water damage to your home's foundation, siding, and roof. Clean out any debris, leaves, and twigs that may have accumulated over the winter months. Ensure that gutters are securely attached and that downspouts are directing water away from the foundation.

3. Exterior Inspection: Take a walk around the exterior of your home to look for any signs of damage or deterioration. Check for cracks in the foundation, damaged siding or trim, and peeling paint. Addressing these issues promptly can prevent more extensive damage down the line and help maintain your home's curb appeal.

4. HVAC Maintenance: Before the summer heat kicks in, schedule a professional inspection and servicing of your HVAC system. Change the air filters, clean the vents, and ensure that the system is operating efficiently. Regular maintenance can improve indoor air quality, lower energy bills, and extend the lifespan of your HVAC equipment.

5. Deck and Patio Care: Inspect your deck and patio for any signs of rot, decay, or loose boards. Clean the surface thoroughly and apply a fresh coat of sealant or stain to protect it from the elements. Check for any wobbly railings or stairs and make necessary repairs to ensure safety.

6. Landscaping and Lawn Care: Trim back overgrown shrubs and trees, and remove any dead branches or debris from your yard. Aerate and fertilize your lawn to promote healthy growth, and reseed any bare patches. Consider planting native plants and flowers to attract pollinators and add beauty to your landscape.

7. Pest Control: Inspect your home for any signs of pests such as termites, ants, or rodents. Seal any cracks or openings around windows, doors, and foundations to prevent entry. Consider hiring a pest control professional for an inspection and treatment if needed.

Spring is the perfect time to give your home some much-needed TLC and ensure that it's ready to weather the seasons ahead. By following these spring maintenance tips, you can protect your investment, improve energy efficiency, and enjoy peace of mind knowing that your home is in good condition. Remember, a little maintenance now can save you from costly repairs later on. Happy spring cleaning!

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