With the cold weather on its way out and the sun finally popping its hat on once again, spring is the perfect time to get started on some essential home maintenance tasks.
Your thoughts will most likely turn to chores such as refreshing the garden furniture and painting the exterior of your home. However, there are several home maintenance tasks that you may not consider carrying out at this time of year that are actually ideal for doing in the spring.
From reviewing your roof to probing your plumbing, keep reading to discover the top four essential home maintenance tasks that you should be tackling in the upcoming months.
Check your roof
A good rule of thumb when working out where to begin when repairing and restoring your home is to start at the top and work your way down. You may not think that spring is the right time to check over your roof with summer fast approaching as the weather is likely to be good with less chance of rain. However, spring is actually the perfect time to carry out this task as the best roofing contractors will be available if needed, whereas if you wait until fall, when the majority of homeowners are carrying out roof repairs ahead of winter, they are more likely to be booked up.
Plus, there is the added benefit of roofing services being cheaper in spring as demand is lower.
Either way, before you start any roof repairing work, it’s important to establish whether you actually need a new roof or just some minor repairs. This can be done by conducting a thorough inspection of your roof. And the best way to do this is to leave it to the professionals.
Clean out your gutters
After a harsh winter of rain, snow and goodness knows what else, your gutters will more likely than not be full to the brim with leaves, dirt and other pieces of garden debris. Not only can this lead to flooding, but it can also cause your guttering to become weak and to crack.
The first step is to thoroughly clean out your guttering, both by removing all the debris and then by hosing it through to eliminate any stubborn stains or dirt.
If you notice any leaks when you are hosing your guttering, now is the ideal time to have these fixed, as failure to do so can result in costly water damage to your property.
Inspect your plumbing
Plumbing repairs are another chore that you may think better suited to fall due to the fact that you will be using your heating more in winter than in summer, however, it can be more cost effective and easier to sort out any plumbing issues that your home has earlier in the year.
Elements of your heating systems you should look to at include:
• Servicing your boiler
• Insulating your pipes
• Bleeding your radiators
If you do find any problems that you are unable to fix yourself, a local plumber is much more likely to be available at this time of year, meaning you can have the issue rectified immediately rather than having to wait weeks in the fall or winter months.
Declutter your home
Of course, you can’t mention spring and household chores without bringing up the all-important “Big Spring Clean”. With the sun shining and the opportunity to open up your windows without fear of turning into a snowman, spring is the perfect time to completely clear out and de-clutter your home. Be ruthless and don’t forget to also clear out any outside space such as your garage or shed.
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