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5 Ideas to Spruce up Your Home for Spring
Judie Docs, Executive Officer – CSP, MCSP, CGP, CMP, MIRM
North Coast Building Industry Association (NCBIA) ncbia.com
Don’t miss the annual NCBIA Home and Remodeling Show this weekend at the Emerald Event Center, 33040 Just Imagine Drive in Avon, Saturday, February 25th 9-5 and Sunday February 26th 10-3. Visit over 50 vendors, plus our Build Across America booth with activities for children (while supplies last) and information on Careers in Construction.
If the winter blues have you longing for spring, there are several home maintenance activities you can tackle to prep for the season. Inspecting and cleaning your home during the transitional months makes any household’s future repair easier to manage. And by dedicating just a few days to completing these simple tasks, you will keep your home running smoothly and protect your investment at the same time. To get started, here are five ideas to help you spruce up your home for spring.
Refresh Your Windows. As the weather gets warmer, it’s vital to ensure your windows are in good working condition. First, inspect all windows for proper operation and a tight fit. To start, clean the window tracks. If you have window screens, gently wash them with soapy water. Next, check that the weatherstripping hasn’t cracked or torn. You can help reduce your energy bills by preventing unwanted outside air from leaking into your home.
Schedule an Air Conditioning Tune-up. Have your air conditioning system inspected and cleaned. If your system has a filter, replace it. A good rule of thumb is to have your air filter replaced every three months to keep your unit working efficiently. If your air conditioner is in good shape, consider other ways to keep your home cool as the weather turns warmer, like adding curtains, shades or blinds to windows.
Prepare for Unwanted Pests. Warmer weather also means that pests – including ants, roaches, rats, and termites – will be looking to join your household. Keep them out by sealing cracks and openings along baseboards, behind sinks, and around pipes and windows. And repair holes in door and window screens to prevent outside pests from entering your home.
Inspect Your Roof. Severe weather can take a toll on your roof. Experts recommend checking your roof for any signs of winter damage from heavy snowfall or debris. Remember to take special care when using a ladder to inspect your roof. Read and follow directions carefully.
Clean Your Gutters. Long winters bring a mix of storms and heavy winds that can carry a lot of debris to your gutters. Debris, leaves and other twigs clog up your gutters and downpours. Your home is susceptible to interior or exterior water damage without a regular clean-up.
For more home maintenance tips to tackle any time of year, contact the NCBIA. We are your local not-for-profit trade association representing member companies involved in all aspects of home building, remodeling, and other aspects of services available to help you in the future as well as more information on the above topic. So, you can see it is for your protection that you use a NCBIA member. If you are unsure that your contractor is a member of the NCBIA or you are looking for a list of NCBIA members, you can visit our website at www.ncbia.com or call 440-934-1090. We also have a job posting board (under the industry tab).
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