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Spring Home Improvements for Everyone

It’s that time of the year again. Spring is in the air. And with the nice weather that everyone is probably anxious to get out into, spring home improvements beckon. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Check your roof

Winter weather can be murder on a roof.  For that reason, you should make sure you check yours to see if there are any missing or hanging shingles. Either climb on top of or use binoculars to get a better look at what you are dealing with. Concerns? Call a pro and make sure you get it done right.

Look at exterior walls

Whether you have stucco, wood, brick, or anything else for siding, make sure you check the exterior for problems. This includes water stains that might indicate that your gutters aren’t working correctly.

Examine your chimney

If you have a brick chimney, take a close look at it to make sure that you don’t have loose brick or stones. If there is vegetation growing out of it you probably have a water leak, in which case you should have it checked by a licensed chimney sweep. And while he’s there, have him clean the inside and the flue.

Examine your foundation

You should closely examine your foundation to see if you can find cracks in any surface. Simply filling these cracks with caulking or other kind of filler won’t work adequately. Instead, you should hire a foundation specialist who will use an epoxy blend to fill with.

Windows

You probably checked the caulking of your windows prior to winter to keep the cold out, but you should do it again in order to keep the cool inside during summer. If there are cracks or missing pieces, fill them.

Check for leaks

Spring is a good time to check for any leaks in your plumbing, interior or exterior. Not only should you watch for water that is dripping, but make sure you observe stains that indicate a leak.

Air conditioning

You made sure that your heating system was in good working order for winter, now it’s time to make sure everything is in order for summer. Beat the heat by changing filters too.

Look in the attic

The attic of your home isn’t checked often. As a result, it can quickly become the home of a lot of critters. Make sure you are not letting anything live there without paying rent.

That will give you a good start. Get to it and have a marvelous summer.

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