Happy Spring Pittsburgh!
Though it might not feel like it today, March 20, 2018 marks the first official day of Spring. The First Day of Spring is also called the Spring Equinox, which means that day and night are the same length because the sun crosses the celestial equator, according to Google. This occurs one other time on September 22nd.
But enough about the facts behind the First Day of Spring, let’s make sure your home is ready for it! If you complete this checklist (feel free to print out and check it off as you go) your home will be ready!
- Check The Exterior Of The House Including;
- Gutters and downspouts – Fix any that may have come off during heavy storms and clean out any leaves or debris that may have settled there. An easy way to check for leaks on the roof is to run a hose on it, and if there are some fix it by caulking.
- Speaking of caulking if there are any additional spots that are deteriorating scrape it out and recaulk the area!
- Windows and Doors are another area to check to make sure you’ve caulked edges, filled in cracks and repaint the sills and thresholds. Also check the screens of your doors and windows to make sure there are no holes. Tighten and repair any damaged frames and lubricated hinges and closers.
- Air Conditioner – With warmer weather it’s important to make sure your AC is clean and to check the belt tension and replace or adjust if needed.
- Don’t Forget About The Landscaping Including:
- Vegetation and Bushes – Keep these nicely trimmed so they don’t ruin the paint on your house!
- Decks and Porches – All decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings may have become lose or deteriorated from the harsh winter weather. According to our source, if your deck is open or you have a wood fence they need to be treated every 4-6 years, depending on how much sun or rain they are exposed to. If these issues need to be addressed it’s important to hire a deck professional.
- Sprinklers – Similar to checking the roof you should check your sprinklers to make sure there are no leaky valves, exposed lines or sprinkler heads that don’t work right. One way to check this is if you notice certain areas of your yard that look like they’re drowning or not getting enough. This is another area where you may need to call in a professional if it looks to complicated
- Foundation – Your foundation includes your walls, floor, concrete and masonry. Check these areas for cracking, heaving or deterioration. You may also need to call a professional for this if you find any lose bricks or cracks.
Of course, there’s your general spring cleaning that you should do as well but if you’re a homeowner these are some extra things that you should be aware of! Once you’ve completed this checklist your home will be ready for spring and even summer! If you’ve got any questions about any of these tasks or you would like a reference for one of the professionals that we mentioned above, don’t hesitate to contact us!
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