While many people across the nation are still wondering when spring weather will finally arrive, Tulsa has been seeing it already. Spring is officially here and that means it’s time to start your spring cleaning. Now that winter is no longer inhibiting your outdoor home maintenance needs, it’s time to get to work. Therefore, I have found a few of the top home spring maintenance tips that should be done once spring arrives.
Spring Maintenance Tips:
Gutters – During the winter a lot of things like leaves, small debris, branches and more can play havoc on your gutters. Now is the perfect time to get them cleaned out. You can do it yourself or hire a professional to do it for you. Just don’t let this time pass you by. While you’re checking to see if your gutters are clear, also check to make sure they are holding together firmly.
Chimney – This is the perfect time of year to have your chimney swept out. You can have a professional come out for less than $100 in most cases but some may charge $150. If you used your chimney a lot this past winter or haven’t had it cleaned in sometime, it is more important than ever to have it cleaned properly. They should also check the flue, mortar and more to make sure all is safe to use next winter.
AC Unit – Now is a great time to have your cooling system tuned up before it gets too warm. It is also a good time to replace your air filters if they are annually changed.
Roof Inspections – During the winter your home can sustain damage you can’t see until the spring rains start pouring in. It’s very important to get up on the roof and check for missing or loose shingles. You can hire a professional or do it yourself. Just don’t let a professional roofer tell you you have roof damage without getting a second inspection. This is an old roof scam that you don’t want to get caught up in. If you use a professional, do your homework on the company and make sure they have the proper insurance.
A crucial step to selling your home is to have it inspected by a professional home inspector before you place it on the market. By having your home inspected first, you will know if there are any major or minor details that need to be addressed. This will also help you get the maximum for your home. Therefore, we have some steps that will help you prepare for a home inspection.
Hiring an inspector – There are some companies who will do a free pre-listing inspection in hopes that you will hire them to do any needed repairs. However, you can invest money and hire a professional home inspector. Either way, you will be notified of any problems your property may have. You can then get all your repairs done and sell your home quickly.
During the inspection – Because many home inspectors can be very critical of a home, you may want to leave while the inspector is there. Criticism can set you on the defense; however, when it comes to the reality of your home, you need to be on the offense.
Availability – If you do decide to be away during the home inspection, you will need to make sure the inspector will have access to your homes functioning units like the furnace, water heater, circuit breaker, appliances and more. In many cases, this will help you get a good inspection report.
Get down to business – Once you know if or what repairs need to be done, don’t procrastinate. Get down to business as soon as possible. The longer you wait on repairs, the longer your home will be on the market.