As the temperatures warm, now is the perfect time to get your home summer ready. Follow the tips listed below to ensure your house is ready for the warmer weather.
Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced
There is nothing worse than turning your air on only to have nothing happen. When the temperatures rise outdoors, you most certainly want to ensure you can cool down your living space. Now, before temperatures are unbearable is the time to make sure your unit is ready for the job. Have it serviced by a professional to make sure it is in proper working order. If you haven’t done so in a while, now is a good time to change your air filters as well. Keep in mind, dirty air filters will make your unit work harder than it should and make it less effective at cooling your home.
Check Out Your Outdoor Plumbing
This time of year is the perfect time to check out your outdoor spigots and/or irrigation systems. The frigid temperatures of winter can sometimes damage your outdoor plumbing. Test your spigots by turning them on and seeing if they flow properly. If there is a problem, hire a plumber to determine the cause of the issues and get it fixed.
Prepare For Yard Work
Perhaps you still like to do your own mowing, weeding, planting and landscaping. If that is the case, now is the time to get your equipment ready to go. Change the gas in law mowers and replace the oil, spark plugs and air filters. Lubricate any moving parts on your mower and sharpen the blades if needed. Replace string in edgers or weed eaters. For your shears, pruners, rakes, hoes and shovels, remove any remaining dirt from previous uses and lubricate them as well. You can clean the blades of garden tools with rubbing alcohol. If you think yard work might be a bit much for you this year, now is the time to get a lawn care service lined up as they will book up as the summer progresses.
Inspect Your Home’s Exterior and Roof
Spring will reveal many of winter’s damages. Take a look at your home’s exterior and see if any issues cropped up over the colder months. Look for shingles that have fallen around your home and examine your roof and chimney. Also, be on the lookout for missing, cracked or misaligned shingles, which can allow water to leak into your home. At where the chimney meets the shingles, look at the caulk to ensure it isn’t cracked and be on the lookout for rust.
Have Your Downspout And Gutters Cleaned
You can hire someone to clean your gutters and make sure the downspouts are clear. This means the water is able to flow away from your home properly. If you feel up to tackling the job yourself, be sure to clear all the debris out of the gutters with a trowel, then use a hose to flush away any remaining particles.
Spring is the perfect time to get your home summer ready. Use this time to ensure your home is well-prepared for summer temperatures by completing all the suggested tasks.