Start taking care of your home early to ensure you are able to have plenty of time for outdoor fun. Here are some easy steps:
Clean your windows, both inside and out. While you’re at it, check for any cracked or damaged window glazing and panes. Replace worn weather-stripping – you’ll keep the cool air in and the warm air out!
- Install your window and door screens. This is a good time to check all of your screens for damage and repair them if needed. Also, while you have your screens out is a good time to wash them with a little soap and water and rinse with the garden hose.
- Winter weather is rough on the exterior siding and roof of your home. Inspect the wood components, especially the siding, for wood rot and damage. Look for areas where paint is missing or chipping away, and where caulking is missing or damaged. These are especially susceptible to rot. It is better to catch rot and repair it when the damage is small, since it will only get worse each time it rains.
- If your home has an attic fan, turn it on to be sure it is working before the 90 degree weather hits! Homes with crawlspaces should be sure the vents are open and free of debris to help airflow and reduce moisture under your home. Inside your home, clean HVAC vents and change the filter. It’s also a good time to be sure the AC works before the heat and humidity arrive.
- Reconnect your hoses and check for leaks. To ensure you have the water to fill that kiddie pool and wash your car. Also, before your first backyard BBQ or party, check your outside electrical outlets to ensure the radio will play.
- Don’t wait until something breaks to find someone to repair your home. It is always a good idea to have the names and contact information for qualified service professionals at hand.