This time of the year can be a bit challenging for anyone who lives in the Northern Hemisphere. The winter months tend to drag on, and it’s hard to get out of bed when it seems like it’s always dark and dreary outside. Yet, we’re forced to get up and tolerate bone-chilling winds, freezing temperatures, and snowstorms plaguing us for months on end. Thankfully, we have tips for you in order to help make the transition from winter to spring easier in your home.
Prep your lawn for summer
Winter weather can damage your lawn, leaving unsightly brown patches and bare spots that may take months to repair. Once the last of the snow has melted, go outside and rake your lawn thoroughly. Then apply a spring fertilizer to kick-start new growth. Regular mowing will help your lawn heal from winter damage, but be careful not to cut it too short as this could leave it vulnerable to drought or disease later on in the season.
If you’ve been putting off replacing drafty windows, springtime may be the right time to do it. Especially if you live in an area with cold winters, old windows can let out warm air that your furnace worked hard to produce. New energy-efficient windows will make your home more comfortable and save you money on heating and cooling costs down the road.
Fix damaged roof
Winter storms can damage your roof, leading to leaks and mold growth inside the attic. If necessary, hire a professional to repair damaged shingles or fix flashing that’s loose around vents and skylights.
Check air conditioners
If you have central air, now is the time to make sure it’s in working order. If it’s not, call a technician to service it and ensure it will cool your home when the hot weather arrives. While you’re at it, check your window units as well and clean or replace the filters if necessary. And don’t forget about your fans.
Clean gutters and downspouts
Rain gutters and downspouts should be cleaned out in the spring and fall to prevent clogs from causing water damage to your home’s foundation or roofing materials. Rent a pressure washer if a hose doesn’t do the trick to remove stubborn dirt buildup on vinyl siding or brick exteriors.
The cold and ice of winter can wreak havoc on your roof, driveway, and windows, so check these areas carefully for damage. Cracks in asphalt driveways need sealing before they spread and turn into bigger problems, while shingles damaged by wind or snow should be replaced right away. Old or inefficient windows can cost you money in wasted energy over time, so replacing them with new ones is a great way to save money on utilities while improving the comfort of your home.