Spring is on its way and you want to make the most of your spring cleaning schedule. In order to get a head start on improving the health of your home, you need to assure that your home is in peak condition for the annual scrub-down.
Before you open those windows to let in the warm spring breeze, consider following these repair tips when you want to start the season off right.
Seal cracks and leaks
Warm weather means pesky pests will be back. Worse yet, they’ll be hungry. That means a horde of ants, bees, and mice might try to find sources of weakness in the exterior of your home. While ants might take between 10 and 14 days to rid from your home, rodents can take much longer.
As such, you should start your home repairs by sealing any cracks or leaks in your home’s exterior. This includes any gaps that have formed at your home’s foundation, but it also includes small holes in the siding of your house.
You should also ensure your doors and windows fit snugly into their frames so no critters can come in. Not only can pests come in, but your energy bill might be paying for it too. The average family spends $350 on air leaking through leaks into or out of the house, annually. If you cannot fix the gapping that occurs around your door, it might be time to invest in a new front door. Invest in a hearty screen door made from a metal alloy option. Metal alloys, like magnesium, offer more than 20 times the strength of ABS plastics.
Repair your furniture
Springtime means that you’ll finally get the tax return that you’ve been eagerly awaiting. This the perfect opportunity to make those furniture repairs you’ve been putting off. Whether it means restaining your wooden cabinets or replacing the leg on your favorite table, now is the time to get it done.
Leather items, including your leather couch, should also be conditioned every six months. After a long, cozy winter spent snuggled on the couch, it might have a few more cracks than you’re used to. Condition your couch to ensure it’s in prime condition for spring.
Finish your floors
Floors take on the brunt of the wear and tear we experience in our home. Even if we vacuum, sweep, and mop, they can still look lifeless by the time spring rolls around.
Luckily, it only costs up to $5.00 per square foot to refinish a hardwood floor. Refinishing a hardwood floor is often much cheaper than replacing it altogether. This is primarily because hardwood trees can take up to .
Repair your gutters
April showers bring May flowers. After a hard winter full of snow, it’s not uncommon for your gutters to pull away from the roof of your home. Ensure your gutters in great condition to redirect water away from your house, or else you might encounter a spring flooding disaster. This means clearing them of any debris and sealing any cracks in the trough. Remember, gutter cleaning should be done at least twice a year.
Clean your HVAC system
An inefficient HVAC system might cost you hundreds of dollars each year in wasted energy. This is because a clogged or broken system will drain your resources to maintain a temperature it simply cannot achieve. Before the first hot day arrives, ensure your air conditioner is in repaired and clean. After all, a dirty system might make allergies even worse. When 8% of children suffer from asthma, this could be a disaster waiting to happen.
Spring is almost here and it’s essential that you get a head start. For a healthier spring season — and a healthier home — follow these spring home repair tips.