The winter thaw has begun. Soon ice and snow will give way to spring and potentially reveal winter damage to your home. In many instances, a homeowner may elect to wait until the end of winter to take on necessary repairs or look to spring to catch up on maintenance projects.
Here are suggested tasks to help keep your spring checklist on track.
• Check your roof. Your roof may have taken a beating following the weight of snow and ice. Following the winter thaw is a great time to check roof shingles and overall structure.
• Access driveways and sidewalks. Just like there are potholes in the street from severe weather damage, your driveway or sidewalk may need a fresh repaving to prevent accidents or continued damage.
• Repaint. After the effects of winter, everything from siding to decking may need to be repaired and/or repainted.
• Check for leaks. From your roof to your basement, be sure to look for signs of unwanted moisture.
• Check your home’s HVAC system. As you look to change over your system from heat to air conditioning, now may be a good time to give your systems a once-over.
• Replace batteries in carbon monoxide and fire detectors. Many experts suggest replacing batteries in fall and spring.
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• Assess potential tree maintenance. Now may be a good time to determine which branches may need to be trimmed on your property once warmer temperatures settle in.
• Look to swap out doors. If you have a storm door, once harsh temperatures subside, replace glass with screens to allow increased sun, light and airflow.
• Inspect your lawn. Those who live in colder climates may be surprised after the winter thaw to find brown grass or empty patches. Once winter has rolled out, it’s a good time to evaluate the best warm weather approach for your lawn and landscape.
10. Check your water connections. From outdoor kitchen faucets to your garden hose, now is a good time to make sure everything is in working order.