With the days lengthening and weather warming, spring is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects, especially since so many of us are in lockdown. Now that the threat of winter storms has passed, you can look for damage and make any needed repairs, as well as prep your home and garden for summer.
Clean Gutters and Downpipe
After the last frost has passed, it’s important to have your gutters and downpipes cleaned and repaired. Having your gutters and downpipes cleaned early in the season can also help prevent damage from spring rains. Gutters and downpipes should be clean and running free, ensuring water is diverted away from the house so that no water collects around your foundation.
Reseal Exterior Woodwork
Wood decks, fences, railings, trellises, pergolas, and other outdoor structures will last longer and stay in better condition if they’re stained or resealed every year or two. Take this opportunity to make any needed repairs to woodwork as well.
Paint the Exterior
If you’re planning to repaint your home’s exterior this year, spring is a good time to set it up. Want to paint but can’t decide on a colour? Explore your town and snap pictures of house colours you like.
Check Sprinkler and Irrigation Systems
Checking your sprinklers or irrigation systems in the spring can save water – and save your plants.
- Run the system through all the zones manually and walk the property.
- Make sure none of the heads are broken or damaged.
- Adjust any heads that are spraying the house, especially windows, as this can cause moisture problems.
- Adjust heads that are spraying the street, sidewalk, or porches to avoid wasting water.
Check Screen Doors and Windows
Screens are designed to let the breeze flow in and keep bugs out — but they can only do their job if they’re free from holes and tears. Before setting up your screens for the warm months ahead, be sure to carefully check each one and repair any holes or tears, no matter how small. You can find screen repair kits at most hardware and home improvement stores.
Schedule Air-conditioning Service
To get the longest life out of your cooling system and keep it running as efficiently as possible, change the filters at least once each season, and hire a licensed professional to service the equipment before the start of summer.