Are you tired of being stuck inside? If you’re like most Americans affected by quarantine as a result of COVID-19, you may be developing some cabin fever. With spring well under way, you might have already gone through the usual cleaning checklist. If you’ve mopped the floors, wiped the blinds and dusted every surface in your home and are still looking for things to do, why not turn your attention outside? Spring maintenance is just as important to the exterior of your home as it is the interior. Taking the time to inspect your house, make small repairs or tackle some of those larger projects will get your home ready for summer and help protect it for even longer. What’s more, it will provide an opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.
Here are some things you can focus on.
Clean your gutters: Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause damage to your roof, and improper runoff can create cracks in your home’s foundation. Having your gutter and downspouts cleaned and repaired can prevent water damage to your home and landscape. It can also prevent the opportunity for nesting areas for birds, insects and other pets. Demonstrate smart practices when cleaning or inspecting your gutters. If you need to hire outside help, there are many companies that will offer free estimates for spring maintenance tasks.
Look for signs of pests: Warmer weather means more activity for insects and pets. Hibernation isn’t just for bears! Ants, termites, mosquitoes, etc., all come out of hibernation during the spring months. Check for cracks in piping and foundation and holes in wood. Remove standing water from your yard, keep your grass trimmed, and check for moles and mounds around your property. If you suspect you have a pest problem, there are also many pest control companies that will offer free estimates and inspections of your home.
Check your screens: Being able to open the windows and doors is one of the greatest parts about spring! It lets in much-needed fresh air and can also help save on energy costs. Whether they are already installed or waiting to be put in windows that were weather-proofed for the winter, the screens for your windows and doors should all be inspected. Check them for tears and holes to keep out bugs (and to keep in those particularly curious inside pets). Repair and replacement kits can be found at most home improvement stores at relatively cheap prices.
Paint: Applying a fresh coat of paint to your home’s exterior is one of the simpler ways to give it a face lift. It can make your house stand out and look great, increasing your home’s value. A good exterior paint can also serve as a layer of protection for your home, protecting it from weather and insect damage. Take a drive around your neighborhood and look at other homes for inspiration or to make sure your new color fits the aesthetic and won’t clash with neighboring homes. Driving around can be a good source of inspiration for other spring maintenance projects as well, so take your time and enjoy the trip!
And as always, if you have any questions about your home insurance, contact us! Our AAA agents are ready to assist you with any of your service needs.