The snow is melting and the days are getting longer. Even though it’s still technically February, given how unseasonably warm Edmonton has been lately, it’s kind of hard not to feel like it’s already Spring. Here at SnowTapp, we’ve been busy prepping for the Spring and Summer seasons and the launch of our on demand lawn care service, Yardly, which is slated for May 1st, 2016.
So, while we prep for what we’re going to be doing this Spring season, we thought it would be a good idea to share some tips and advice on how to make your home Spring-ready. Setting aside a little bit of time now to prep your property for Spring will mean less time spent fixing things in the future and more time spent enjoyed those precious warm weather months. Without further ado, here are 5 simple ways to prep your house for Spring.
1) Clear your gutters and downspouts
It’s thankless and it’s messy. Nevertheless, clearing your gutters and downspouts is utterly necessary to make your house Spring-ready. Snow and ice buildup in your gutters can cause significant long term wear and tear if left unchecked. Grab a ladder and make sure that all of your gutters are unclogged and that water can flow smoothly to your downspouts. Always do a perimeter check before you start cleaning to make sure that nothing has come loose or become detached from your house.
2) Inspect and fix your walkways
Winter, snow, and ice can do significant damage to your walkways. Inspect your walkways and check for any large cracks or fissures that are beginning to appear; these cracks and fissures can often result in water getting into your house and should be filled as soon as they begin to appear. As the snow continues to melt, consider renting a power washer or purchasing chemical treatment to clean stains and packed debris off of your walkways and patio.
3) Check your outdoor furniture and appliances
There’s a good chance, especially with the constant weather fluctuation this particular winter, that there may be some slight damage to your outdoor furniture and appliances. Be sure to check your air conditioning unit, outdoor faucets, lighting, receptacles, and gas barbeque and make sure everything is working properly. Taking care of your outdoor furniture now and ensuring that it’s clean and functional can significantly prolong its life and enable you to make the most of it throughout the Spring and Summer seasons.
4) Repair your windows
Constant fluctuation between warm and cold weather often causes cracks to appear in windows. This can let in moisture and cause significant damage to your home if left unattended. Take a look at all of your outdoor windows (as well as their frames) and fill in or replace any cracked or damaged windows.
5) Check the paint
Paint serves much more than just aesthetic purposes; it protects your exterior surfaces against the elements. Take a look at all of your outdoor painted surfaces and check for any peeling or bubbling paint. To save yourself a whole lot of time in the future, be sure to scrape, prime, and repaint any damaged painted surfaces.