Well, springtime is in full swing, and while we’re thinking about planting the garden, sweeping off the deck, and getting ready for our first cookouts of the year, there are also important home repair and maintenance tasks that have to be accomplished. You may be thinking that this is the best time for selling UBC homes and getting yours on the market, or you may just want to get it looking great for visitors and entertaining. Whatever the reason, learn these easy but must-tackle outdoor home maintenance tasks for this spring.
Clean Your Gutters
You’d be amazed how many people just forego, forget or ignore this important task. Springtime is the rainy season, and having clogged up downspouts and gutters can actually do real damage to your house. Get up on a ladder and clear out the debris, whether it’s leaves, twigs and muck or loose granules from shingles. Spray out the downspout and make sure everything is clear.
This is another DIY check that too many people ignore. You might hate to get up on the ladder, but a quick visual inspection of your roof is an important activity every year. Take a good look, check for loose, missing or curled shingles, granules in your gutter, cracked caulking and sealant, and other indicators that the roof is in need of repair.
Repair Bad Paint
Your paint is important for keeping your home looking great, to be sure, but it’s also vital inkeeping your home in good repair. Paint protects the surface beneath from the ravages of heat, cold, moisture and the environment in general. If you’ve got chipped or peeling paint, scrape it and touch it up. Never leave wood exposed to the elements—doing so leads to rot, which can be expensive to fix.
Trim Your Shrubs
Overgrowth can do serious damage to your home. Trim tree branches that brush against the house, as well as shrubs and bushes that grow too close. You want tree branches at least five feet from your homes, both to discourage moisture and to discourage squirrels, chipmunks and raccoons!
You should change the filter in your HVAC system with every season change. Since springtime is here, it’s time to replace that filter! This is possibly the easiest DIY home maintenance task you can do—just pull out the old one and slide the new one in!
Touch Up Wood Surfaces
Do you have wood surfaces outdoors? Whether it’s a patio, a deck, a handrail, stairs or any other surface, it’s important to make sure it’s sealed and protected from moisture and the elements. Take a few hours to refinish and seal your wood surfaces every year.
Selling UBC Homes
You may be taking care of your home maintenance to spruce it up for sale, since spring is also moving season. If so, you’ll want a realtorexperienced in selling UBC homes. If so, call UBC Real Estate Specialist Sam Huang and get your house on the market today!