Spring Maintenance Saves on Costly Home Repairs
Spring is here and many home owners turn their thoughts to improving the appearance or functionality of their home. You don’t have to make major renovations, however, to improve the value of your home and to protect yourself against costly repairs down the road.
Here are a few things the experts say you should check during your spring inspection:
- Search for peeling exterior paint.
Harsh winter weather can cause paint to chip, peel or flake, exposing wood to moisture and other detrimental conditions. Touch up bare spots now before the wood is damaged.
- Prepare your lawn.
Apply a pre-emergent fertilizer to your grass in March for fewer weeds and a healthier lawn.
- Examine the foundation.
Walk around your home, checking for cracks. Fill small cracks with caulk and check with a building contractor or structural engineer about larger ones.
- Replace batteries.
Replace batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.