Spring Home Improvements: Repair, Restore, and Relax 1

Now that the snow has finally melted, it’s time to take stock of your to-do list and get your home ready for the warm months. Now’s the time to repair, restore, then relax.

The following tasks should be on every homeowner’s to-do list. Get busy now so you can enjoy the summer.

1. Inspect your heating and cooling system

Thoroughly study your heating and cooling system after a hard winter. You may want to call a professional to do this since that person will know exactly what to look for. Address any problems as needed.

2. Clean your air conditioning unit

HVAC pros recommend that homeowners change the filters and clean the coils in their air conditioning units so the system will not have to work as hard. This will save energy. This also includes cleaning any drain lines in order to eliminate moisture.

3. Replace inefficient appliances

Once an appliance reaches the point where it’s no longer a worthwhile to repair, it’s time to replace it. Make sure any new appliances you purchase have the Energy Star label so your home will be as energy-efficient as possible. If you’re on a limited budget, it’s best to replace your appliances in the following order: range, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave.

4. Add more insulation

Insulation is your home’s first defense against hot and cold air. Pay special attention to the insulation in your attic where heat can easily invade or escape. Consider having a professional perform an energy audit to determine where your home may be leaking energy.

5. Windows

Replacing all the windows in your home can be extremely costly. If your budget can’t handle the cost, a less expensive alternative can be to add storms, weather-stripping, or caulking. If your windows are in really bad shape, replace them over time, starting with the ones that look the worst.

6. Change Your Light Bulbs

Most professional contractors recommend switching to LEDs once your traditional bulbs burn out. Not only do they last longer than standard incandescents, they consume much less energy and continue to decrease in price as well. They also come in various colors and dimmable options.

7. Replace or repair gutters, downspouts, or roofs

Stiff winter winds have made roofing contractors in high demand. Be sure to inspect your roof, gutters, and downspouts thoroughly for any leaks or other damage. Clean the debris from your gutters and downspouts. Be sure your gutters are directed away from the walls of your home.

8. Trim your trees

Cut any tree branches that appear damaged or that allow squirrels to gain access to your house. This will also let more natural light into your home and step up the curb appeal. Trim any branches that have the potential to fall on your house or garage.

9. Paint the door

Perhaps the exterior of your home doesn’t need an entire new coat of paint. Why not just paint the front door to give your home the “wow” factor and enhance its appeal? Little changes like this can have a huge positive visual impact and add value to your home.

10. Foliage and mulch

Spring is the season to mulch your fresh plantings and shrubbery. Mulch is effective at suppressing weeds and keeping plants moist. It also gives your yard a fresh and tidy look.

Follow these springtime tips to add longevity and value to your home, as well as make it look beautiful.

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