As the days grow longer, you’ll have more time in the evening to take care of all those chores that have been stacking up during the winter. Yes, spring cleaning is no fun, but performing basic maintenance on your house is the best way to catch small problems early before they become big, expensive problems.
Below are the top ten home maintenance chores that should be on your to-do list this spring:
Inspect Your Roof
Dig the ladder out of the garage and give your roof a good once-over. Look for cracked or missing tiles or any indication of water damage. If you see any problems, call a roofing expert right away, or you could be looking at a serious and damaging leak during the next rain.
Clean Your Gutters
Your gutters work to remove moisture from your roof as efficiently as possible. If they get clogged with leaves and other debris, not only could water stay on the roof causing water damage, but the weight of the dead leaves could cause your gutter to pull away from the house, damaging your flashing and fascia in the process. To learn more, read our recent gutter blog post. If you do notice damage to your gutters, flashing or fascia, Best Rate Repair can provide repairs for you.
Clean Or Replace HVAC Filters
When your HVAC filter is dirty, it causes your HVAC system to work harder, which will hit you hard in the wallet and could decrease the life of your blower motor. Try to clean or replace your HVAC filters on a regular basis (i.e. more than once a year).
Clean The Dryer Vent
While the lent trap catches a majority of the lent, some of it will make its way into the dryer vent. Over time, the lint will add up, which could slow down your dryer or even cause a house fire if it gets completely plugged.
Inspect Your Screens
Spring is when the bugs come out to play, so carefully inspect your window and door screens to make sure they are secure. Small holes in screens can be patched, but if you’ve got a big tear, it’s probably better to just replace it.
Clean And Seal Your Deck
A good pressure washer can get dirt, grim and buildup off your deck so that it is presentable for barbeque season. If you don’t have a pressure washer, considering borrowing one from your neighbor or renting one. If you own a wooden deck, then it’s a good idea to reseal it every year or every other year to protect the wood from water and sun damage. At Best Rate Repair, we can clean, seal, stain and refinish your wooden deck so that it is as good as new and completely protected from the elements.
Inspect Exterior Paint
Exterior house paint doesn’t last forever. Over time, as the house expands and shrinks in warm and cold weather, the paint can chip and crack. If you notice chips or cracks, it’s time to dig out the paintbrush.
Fix Cracks In Your Driveway Or Home
Your house and driveway will naturally shift over time, which could cause cracks to appear in your driveway or stucco. Unless you are an experienced do-it-yourselfer, we suggest calling an expert for driveway or stucco repair. Best Rate Repair provides stucco repair services.
Replace The Batteries In Your Smoke Alarm
You don’t have to wait until you hear that annoying beep that tells you that your smoke alarm batteries are dying. Take initiative (and a handful of batteries) and put fresh batteries in all of your smoke alarms.
Check Seals On Windows and Doors
When the temperature gets hot, you’ll want to make sure none of your precious air conditioning escapes out of poorly sealed windows or doors. Check each window and door in your home to make sure it can keep in cold air and keep out damaging rain.
Good luck with your spring chores this year. If you need assistance with any home repairs, Best Rate Repair can either give you a quote or recommend a reliable service in the San Diego Area. Contact us at (619) 229-0116.