We take care of our physical health and that of our loved ones. But what we often forget in the midst of our busy lives is that our Home requires an annual physical, too.
Spring is the perfect time to assess the condition of your home before the hot summer months. These 5 items should be at the top of your list:
1. GUTTER CHECK
As the trees bud around our homes, you would be surprised at how much debris collects in your gutters. Couple that with copious amounts of rain and you have yourself flooding in your yard and soil erosion. Grab a ladder and take a look. If there’s minimal debris caught in your gutters and in the spouts, scoop it out manually and toss away. If it’s too much for you to handle, call us and we can refer a professional who will come to your home. This is often an overlooked maintenance that can result in expensive problems!
2. ROOF INSPECTION
To avoid water leaks and expensive repairs, take a peek at your roof and specifically check for shifted, loose, faded or missing shingles and nails popping through. Winter can be tough on a roof even if it didn’t snow a lot.
3. FOUNDATION CLOSE-UP
Between the dry winter and wet spring, your foundation has probably shifted a bit. Cracks are very common in the Kansas City area thanks to the composition of our soil but some are more severe than others. We are happy to refer a foundation expert if you’re confused or concerned at all. Routine caulking is usually enough but not always!
4. AIR CONDITIONING UNIT
Kansas City is notorious for hot and humid summers so you know your A/C unit is going to be running a lot! It’s time to clean it up and remove any debris from around your unit. Change the filter, check hose connections for leaks, and make sure the drain pans are draining freely. Having it tuned up this time of year is a great idea so you’re not waiting in line the first hot weekend of the year when you come to find you have a problem.
5. GENERAL CLEANING
Spring is a good time to clean areas of the house that often go neglected. Dust or vacuum chair rails, window casings, tops of wall-mounted cabinets and ceiling fans. Launder or dry-clean fabric draperies and use a damp cloth to clean wood and vinyl blinds. Vacuum upholstered furniture and mattresses and consider renting a carpet cleaner—anything you can do to remove settled dust, mites, and allergens will make for a cleaner, and healthier, home.
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