The Ultimate Home Improvement Checklist for Spring 2018

 

 

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Did you know that Spring officially begins on March 20, 2018? Spring is a time of renewal as flowers begin to blossom and homeowners tackle various projects around the home.

If you know that you have work to do at home this Spring, we’re here to help you tackle some of the most pressing projects. This checklist will help your home feel fresh, clean, and ready to tackle the season ahead.

Exterior Home Improvement Checklist

#1: Inspect the State of Your Windows

This is especially important if your windows are old or have wood frames. Winter can do a number on old windows, and you’ll want to look closely for the following:

  • Look at the window frames. There should not be any issues such as warping, peeling, and especially rot.
  • Check for condensation between the panes and inside of your home. Interior condensation can be normal during the cold months, but it becomes a problem when it collects on the wall or forms on the inside of the window panes.
  • Rotting window frames can be deceiving. Take a screwdriver and press it into the frame. If the screwdriver sinks into the wood, you’re dealing with rotting frames.
  • Window frames can rot inside of the window sill as well. The video below shows you what to look for with rot around the window:

 

If your windows aren’t in the best shape, you’ll need to consider repair or replacement. Repair might be cheaper, but it doesn’t always solve all problems. For example, replacing a seal won’t make a difference if your window is leaking air around the frames. Be sure to get an evaluation from a window replacement company before moving forward.

rotting window frame on outside of house

#2: Give Your Door a Springtime Makeover

Doors are also impacted by winter weather. If the color of your entry door faded over the season, spring is the perfect time for a pick-me-up. An entry door presents the perfect opportunity to add personality and pizzazz to curb appeal.

Keep in mind that high quality fiberglass doors don’t need to be painted. You simply pick your color during the ordering process, or you can order your entry door primed and paint it your favorite color at home. Either way, it will remain bright and beautiful for years.

#3: Watch for Leaks in the Roof

Everyone knows that April showers bring May flowers. If you suspect that you have leaks in your roof, now isn’t the time to push the issue to the back burner. Leaks in the roof can lead to rotting rafter beams and ruined insulation.

In addition to leaks, keep an eye on the state of your shingles. If shingles are bucked, curling, or missing, roof replacement might be in order.

roof with missing shingles, warped shingles, water damaged

 

#4: Plan Your Siding Replacement Project

While you’re inspecting your exterior, don’t forget to look at the siding. Old and outdated siding not only drags down curb appeal, but it can also decrease the value of your home. If your old siding is pulling away from your home, rotting, or otherwise damaged and failing to perform, consider siding replacement.

Vinyl siding is the optimum material choice for home exterior. It is durable, aesthetically flexible, and protects the home from mold and mildew damage. Best of all, it fits within a variety of budgets.

#5: Unclog Your Gutters

If you haven’t touched your gutters since autumn, there might be a mess waiting for you in your gutter system. Hopefully, you didn’t deal with ice dams over the winter, which can cause extensive damage to the gutter system.

Also, consider installing gutter protection this year. This will eliminate the need to clean the gutters again once spring transitions into summer.

gloved hand cleaning out debris form gutter

Interior Home Improvement Checklist

#6: Get Down to Dusting

This is a small improvement that can make a big impact on your health. As the new season sets in, you might experience seasonal allergies. Removing dust from the home can keep you a step ahead of allergy triggers.

This video gives you 10 handy dusting tips for the spring season:

 

#7: Check Your Water Meter for Plumbing Leaks

Freezing temperatures can result in leaks within the plumbing system. The United States Environmental Protection Agency states that meter readings during colder months can provide clues of existing leaks. For example, if a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons of water, this indicates that a major leak is present.

outdoor home water meter

 This infographic from EPA provides more information on leaks:

household leaks infographic

#8: Replace the Batteries in Smoke Detectors

This is a quick and self-explanatory home improvement tip, but it’s essential to keeping your home and family safe.

#9: Look for Moisture in The Basement

While you should be on the lookout for moisture in your basement all year long, take the opportunity this Spring to conduct your own inspection. It’s most effective to look for moisture in the basement after a heavy rain.

hands changing battery in smoke detector

If you happen to find moisture, it’s important to locate the source so it doesn't cause further damage. For example, if you have water pooling around your foundation outside, the cause for moisture in the basement might be a clogged gutter system.

These tips should help you tackle your to-do list this Spring season. Whether your home needs an exterior overhaul or you’re looking into a new entry door, Universal Windows Direct is the primary source for exterior home remodeling in the country. Contact us now to learn more.