Spring is just around the corner! Do you know the steps to prepare your home for warmer weather? Old and new homeowners benefit from basic maintenance. Performing these tasks is key to the longevity of your home. It prevents costly repairs to HVAC systems, plumbing systems, and keeps the outdoor spaces of your home fresh. Keep your home comfortable and safe and refresh and redress the items discussed below. Enter springtime with a spring in your step from knowing your home is ready for anything.

 

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As nice as it sounds in the wintertime, the summer months get HOT. After spring comes high temperatures and higher demands for functional AC. Re-evaluate your HVAC system before peak temperature to secure a comfortable summer ahead of time. Executing basic maintenance increases the longevity of your HVAC system, and scheduling larger repairs now will remove the chance of being without AC in a 100-degree heat wave. Here are House Helps’ recommendations for your HVAC maintenance checklist:

• Change air filters: Air filters should be replaced every three months. Doing so will maximize the efficiency, lifespan, and quality of air expelled from your HVAC system. 

• Clean air vents and ducts: No one wants to breathe in dust! Wiping dust away from the vent covers stops the irritant from being sucked into the ventilation system of your home. 

• Utilize Professionals: Professional HVAC inspection is recommended once a year. Springtime is an ideal time to do this. You’ll be secure in the operation and efficiency of your HVAC system. If any repairs or upgrades need to happen, you can schedule them before AC becomes necessary to live in comfort.

 

Plumbing systems evaluation

 

Winter puts strain on any plumbing system, even newly installed systems. Increased damage potential makes spring a vital time to inspect your plumbing system. Professional inspection is highly recommended. However, we recognize that it may not always be necessary. Here are our recommended plumbing maintenance tasks to include in your checklist:

• Check for Leaks: Take time to carefully inspect all pipes, faucets, and other plumbing for potential leaks. Water damage is sneaky, it is important to address it right away. Identify what needs to be repaired or replaced and work them into your budget.

• Test the Sump Pump: A sump pump works to prevent flooding in your home y moving water from the low points. If your home has one of these devices, test it for functionality and clear the sump pit. Springtime snowmelt increases the chance for flooding and water damage in the home can be disastrous. Prevention is key.

• Flush water heater: You should be flushing your water heater of sediment every six months. Draining increases both the efficiency and lifespan of your water heater.

 

Yard Maintenance

 

Cold is rough on outdoor life, with grass turning brown in the cold, and water runoff wreaking havoc via muddy pools. During the renewing months of spring, give your yard and any other outdoor spaces an update. Add these yard maintenance tasks to your spring checklist:

• Clean gutters and downspouts: Prevent water damage from improper drainage of snowmelt and rain. Clear debris buildup from your gutters and downspouts regularly.

• Inspect the roof: Winter snow is rough on roofs. Once the snow clears, check for any damage. Look for missing shingles, damage to the flashing around chimneys, blocked vents, and cracked skylights. Schedule repairs to prevent leaks in the spring rain.

• Prune Trees and Shrubs: Overgrown branches and plant life can damage your home. Trim the shrubbery and trees in your yard to prevent this and promote healthy growth.

• Asses your Lawn: Examine the lawn. Identify bare or patchy areas, replant grass seed, and apply fertilizer all around to encourage the growth of beautiful green grass.

 

Warmer weather is a perfect motivator for home maintenance. By following a home maintenance checklist you are setting yourself up for success. Evaluate your HVAC and plumbing regularly. Grow a lovely lawn. Regular maintenance prevents large repairs and protects your investment in your home.

 

At House Help MN we understand the importance of a home and how big of a decision it is when it comes to buying or selling, and that not every situation is the same. That is why we follow a strict code of ethics and are transparent with everything we do. With 20 years in the real estate industry, we will walk you through multiple options and help you every step of the way. We will find a solution that is right for you and make the process quick and as easy as possible.

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