Spring is the perfect opportunity to take strolls in the park and enjoy outdoor activities. But it's also a great opportunity to clean up the damage caused by the winter season, and prepare your home for the effects of the impending summer heat.
Whether it's making sure your cooling system is ready to go up against the summer heat, or ensuring that your roof can withstand another season of winter weather, learn what should be on your spring to-do list …
Make Sure Your HVAC System is Functioning Properly
If there's a perfect time to replace air conditioning equipment, it's when you don't need it — like during the spring, which boasts mild temperatures. Spring is typically the quietest season of the year for HVAC contractors, and therefore salespeople are eager to sell.
Getting quotes now affords you the opportunity to get numerous competitive bids. The result: You can make a decision based not only on what system is best for your home needs, but also based on the best price.
One added benefit: Because contractors are less busy during spring, the job can usually be scheduled within a few days. That means no long waiting periods that can interrupt your spring schedule.
Install Insulated Siding
When installed correctly, siding will protect your home from the elements, including extreme heat and cold, water infiltration (which can lead to mold), and insects.
And if your spring cleaning checklist includes finding a way to reduce energy costs, a siding replacing could do the trick. In fact, choosing a siding with insulation can help lower your energy bills during the summer because heat won't transfer through your walls so easily.
This is also a great project to undertake during the spring as the mild weather will help the renovation run more smoothly.
Ensure Your Windows are Energy Efficient
Winter can cause serious damage to windows. The cycle of freezing and thawing may have caused cracked window panes, which can lead to air leaks and energy loss. So once spring rolls around and all the ice has melted, it's time to inspect what damage, if any, the cold weather has caused.
Another added benefit of replacing your windows in the spring? There are often more window replacement promotions available during the spring because contractors are less busy, so they offer discounts to attract more clients.
And if you're thinking about investing in energy-efficient windows, this spring might be the best year yet. Why? Because of a tax break of up to $500 to help homeowners earn money back for energy-efficient home improvements — including replacement windows. Just make sure that the windows meet the ENERGY STAR requirements.
Inspect Your Roof for Any Winter Damage
Much like windows, your roof also endures some wear and tear during the winter. For this reason, you should definitely add "roof inspection" to your spring to-do list.
During the winter, ice, snow, wind-driven rain, and animals attack the structure of your home trying to gain entry. As a result, for your overall roof inspection, you should look for broken gutters or downspouts, and missing shingles. Also look for ice damming, which occurs when water builds up behind a blockage of ice. One more thing to look for once spring rolls around: new water stains on the plywood along the inside of the roof. This means water is leaking in and repairs are needed.
Need help getting quotes on any of these items, give Mitch a call and he can help you get your house ready for summer.
Mitchell P. Harris has over 30 years experience in all aspects of construction and real estate. He has decided to bundle all of his experience and knowledge and become the “Property Manager” for the home owner. Find out more at www.expertsofhome.com or call 908-346-1111.
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