Spring is here, spring is here!† Spring is here and hopefully the weather will catch up.† Waiting for the nicer weather itís still a great time to get your home ready for spring and summer.
Hereís a list of chores to consider for the month of April and May:
1. ROOF CHECK UP:† There are 2 places you need to inspect your roof.† From the inside and from the outside.
For outside you will need to inspect your roof for any loose, missing or damaged shingles, evidence of leaks, cracks in seals or flashing that may have shifted.
From the inside take a strong flashlight up into the attic and look around for evidence of dark moisture spots on the roof sheathing.
2.† EXTERIOR HOUSE CHECK
Check your steps and deck for cracks, rotting boards or places where nails have popped up. With concrete steps, consider painting them with concrete paint to protect the surface and spruce them up; repair any cracks.
Clean and check your eaves troughs and make any needed repairs. Consider buying leaf guards for the tops of downspouts; these are easy-to-clean mesh screens that prevent debris from flowing into the downspout and clogging it.
Walk around the perimeter of your house, carefully checking the foundation and seal for cracks. Even small cracks should be repaired; they have a way of growing into big cracks, and possibly leaks.
Wash your windows inside and out; take down storm windows if you have them, and wash and install window screens and window coverings.
3.†† INTERIOR HOUSE CHECK:
Arrange for an annual check-up of your cooling system, before the summer rush.
Clean and, if necessary, replace your furnace air filter. If you didnít have it cleaned in the fall, schedule a furnace cleaning.
4.†† GARDEN, LANDSCAPE and PATIO TO DO's:
Clean and condition the barbecue to ready it for another season.
Coat your driveway with driveway sealer.
Clean and repair outdoor furniture.
Clean, sharpen, oil, and if desired, paint the handles on your garden tools
Bring out and mount your garden hose. Turn on outdoor faucets, once all danger of a freeze has passed, and test the hose; if there are any leaks, repair or replace the hose.
Give your lawn a spring boost. Lightly rake up leaf debris and dead grass left on the surface, and then apply a light application of spring fertilizer. Seed any bare spots, and then give it a good watering; the new lawn shoots will be thirsty.
Spring clean your garden. Lightly rake the beds, removing leaf debris and cutting down dead stalks from last year. Dig out any baby weeds, while theyíre small and easy to get at. Apply a couple of inches of compost, but do not mulch your beds until later in the spring, so the earth has a chance to warm up. Plant spring bulbs such as autumn crocus, dahlias and some lilies.
Trim shrubs and trees while they are still dormant.
If you get through this list you will be more ready to enjoy your home and keep it in great condition.
NEXT MONTHí S TOPIC?† LETíS TACKLE THAT OVER CROWDED GARAGE!