While it may have seemed like Winter was going to last forever this year, Spring has finally arrived. Which means warmer weather is on the horizon. Now, you may think all you need to do to prepare for the temperature change is get a new bathing suit a find a nearby margarita bar. Taking the time to properly prepare your home for warmer weather will save you both time and money down the line. These are the six most important things we think everyone needs to do to get their homes ready for spring.
Windows & Screens
Most homes that live in an area that is subject to all four season have storm windows that are put into place during the colder months. With warm weather on the way, now is the time to take down all those storm windows and replace them with screens. Not only will screens keep the bugs out, they will also allow you to save money on your air conditioning bill when there’s a nice breeze out.
Cleaning the windows is never a great time, but this is the ideal time to get it done. Take the time to clean your storm windows before you put them into storage, and hose down your screens before you install them.
It’s also important to remember to check the condition of your windows when you’re installing the screens. If there are any cracks in the weather stripping or seals around the windows it’s worth fixing that now. A well-sealed window will go a long way towards keeping the cool air inside your home during the summer.
Home Exterior Check
Winter conditions can be rough on a house. Once the warm weather starts to peak out it’s time to do a quick inventory of how your home fared during the colder months. The places most likely to be in need of your attention are the roof and the gutters.
Most gutters get clogged up with debris during winter, especially if you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow. This debris can cause your gutters to clog up, which can lead to leaks and moisture damage in the areas of your house where that water pools.
Always clear out your gutters and check the shingles on your roof for any that are broken or misaligned. Having your roof in tip-top-shape is important for ensuring that you don’t have to deal with any rain or moisture damage later on in the summer when rain becomes more prevalent.
Just like how you need to have the snowblower ready to go for winter, so to do you need to have your summertime tools ready for another season. Take the time to tune up your lawn mower, weed trimmer and whatever else you think you are going to need during the warmer months. These are the tools we always check on when summer approaches:
- Weed trimmers
- Air conditioners
- Check The Attic
Seriously, we know checking the attic can be a real pain, but it’s worth doing now before it gets really hot up there. Keep a special eye out for moisture damage that may have occurred during the snowy-months, and look for critters who may have made their home there to escape the cold. Trust us, if you wait to clean your attic you might get stuck doing it in 100 degree heat. Clean it now, and then you don’t have to worry about it again for months.
Tidy The Yard
Having a clean yard is one of the surest ways to get the most out of your home during the summer months. Get your patio furniture out of storage, get some fertilizer if your grass is looking a bit brown, and fire up the grill! This is the year you made your backyard a relaxation destination, and the best time to start is right now.
Winter is finally coming to an end, and it’s time to get ready for some warm temperatures! Taking the time to get your home ready for summer now will save you time and money down the line. While every house is different, these five tips are a great place to start.