Spring is in the air and that means it's time to start getting your home ready for the season. Seasonal maintenance can help prevent larger more expensive issues later on. Here are some tips for transitioning your home from winter chill to spring thaw.
For starters you'll want to have your air-conditioner and furnace inspected by a professional, to make sure you won't have to face any mid-season issues that could result in massive repair bills. Also, cleaning or replacing your furnace filter will help you start the season without breathing the dust/dirt that has accumulated over the winter months. And as always, inspect your smoke detectors. Make sure there is one on each floor of your home. Test and replace the batteries as needed.
Outside, take a stroll around the property and check for any cracks in your caulking or foundation that may have occurred during the winter. These can be a quick and inexpensive fix for any homeowner. As well, as you walk your property, be on the lookout for any shingles that may have fallen from your roof. This can be a sign that repairs may be necessary. You'll also want to clean your downspouts and gutters; they could be filled with leaves and other debris. Keeping them clean means that water can flow away from your home easily, and help avoid any potentially serious water damage.
Finally, you'll want properly store all of you winter tools and accessories until next year, taking special care to drain and wrap your snow blower (if applicable).