Spring is an exciting time of year where everything comes alive. As the temperature starts to rise plants, flowers, and grass will start to turn green and will begin growing. Plants aren’t the only things that wake up, so does the bugs and even the weather.
Springtime in the midwest can be a bit rough. One minute it is cold and the next it is hot. The phrase “April showers brings May flowers” also feels very real. The first warm sunny day, you’ll notice that everyone is outside playing, exercising, and working in the yard. Spring is the perfect time to inspect your home and take care of a little spring cleaning.
Let’s take a look at a few things that should be on top of your to-do list. Many of these will even help you save money.
Clean and Inspect Your Windows
Your windows take a beating all year from the elements so as soon as it warms up, its a great time to inspect and clean your windows. Cleaning your windows is great for obvious reasons. Clean windows are pretty windows. Inspecting your windows will help you save money because you will be looking for any leaks that will cause you to lose air. Re-caulk any window that has damaged caulking.
Invest in Pest Control
Bugs and insects are coming out of hibernation and spring is the perfect time to take pest control measures before they are a problem. Fighting a pest infestation is much harder and more expensive than preventing it.
If you have landscaped around your home with mulch, think again. Mulch near the foundation attracts termites. Average termite damage costs homeowner’s $3,000, but that can cost much more than that. Termite damage isn’t typically covered by homeowners insurance. Be sure to ask your insurance agent to learn more about your policy coverage. Pest control for termites is inexpensive and can save you thousands. If you have been using mulch, try replacing it with rock or rubber mulch.
Besides causing structural damage, many pests pose a health risk. Here is a list of common pests and the risks they present:
Mice- Hantavirus (can be deadly)
Mosquitos- Malaria, Dengue, West Nile Virus
Roaches- Salmonellosis from salmonella, Dysentery
Ticks- Lyme disease, tick bite fever, and even allergy to meat
Clean Your Gutters
Gutters play such a big role in the health of your home. Your foundation is one of the most important and expensive structures on your home. Gutters are meant to funnel water down and away from your foundation. Without properly functioning gutters, rainwater will funnel straight to your foundation and can become eroded over time. That can be an expensive repair.
Clean Your Vents
Dryer vents are often forgotten but can cause quite the problem if not properly cleaned. Every year around 16,000 fires are caused from dryer vents. If caught quickly, the damage can cost around $5,000, but if missed it can destroy the entire home and can even be deadly. Cleaning your dryer vents is something that should be done every spring and every fall.
This is a good time to clean your heating and air ducts as well. This typically takes a professional to do the job. All year your vents suck in everything from hair, clothing fabrics, dust, dirt. Over time those build up and can affect air quality especially allergens.
Get Your Roof Inspected
A roof is the most expensive part of your home. A roof can easily cost tens of thousands, which is why it is important to stay on top of the maintenance. Throughout the year, your roof will endure all of the elements. Hail damage is a common problem which can cause leaks. Most roofing companies will do free inspections. This inspection should be done every year. If caught early, you may only need a few shingles replaced, which is easy and inexpensive.
Spring is a great time to make a fresh start and enjoy the weather. This is the time to tackle your to-do list. Hopefully, this will help you stay on top of your home’s maintenance and will save you money.