Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spring Maintenance

Spring Maintenance For Your Home

Spring is finally here in Seattle! While everything outside is popping up fresh and new, your home may still be bearing the wear and tear of winter's havoc. Here's a simple spring home maintenance check list you can follow to ensure your home is as ready for spring as you are.

Indoor Maintenance

Let's be honest, spring in the Pacific Northwest is wet. So as much as we'd like to be outside right now, we'll be spending more a couple rainy days inside. This indoor checklist will keep you busy and make the time fly by!

  • Clean and maintain your furnace, it's been working hard for months
  • Clean and maintain your air conditioner to prepare it for the warm months ahead
  • De-clutter by storing away your winter clothes and blankets

  • Check your window seals for leaks and condensation 
  • Wash cushion covers and drapes
  • Steam clean upholstery 
  • Change air or HEPA filters
  • Check your basement for dampness and condensation or leaks around pipes

If you find any dampness or leaks around your home it's a good idea to call in a professional before any substantial damage or mold growth occurs.  

Outdoor Maintenance

Take advantage of those sunny days by working on your home and sucking up as much vitamin D as you can! We all need it after our gloomy PNW winters.
  • Check your roof for damage, loose shingles, and moss growth (you can do it from the ground with binoculars)
  • Check your chimney for cracks, loose bricks and damaged flashing
  • Clean out your gutters
  • Inspect the house foundation for cracks or damage
  • Trim shrubs and pull weeds from garden beds
  • Look for loose boards on patios, decks, and stairs
  • Inspect siding for damage and maybe give it a new paint job!

PNW winters can be rough on our homes and minor damages can turn into major issues if left untreated. Remember, your home is an investment, it's important to keep it in the best shape possible. 

Home repairs can be pricey, especially when you need to call in the pros, but the longer damage is ignored the more expensive it becomes to fix it. 

YouTube is full of great DIY videos for minor household repairs, and doing it yourself can save you a bundle. 

Not all of us are comfortable doing repairs ourselves, if that's you don't be afraid to ask friends and family for help. A lot of people will be more than happy to offer their skills and expertise for a home cooked dinner or a case of beer. Never hurts to ask!

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