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9 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Spring

9 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Spring

Spring is just around the corner, or so I thought.

Winnipeg weather is so unpredictable, so that’s why important to prepare your house for spring when it suddenly hits us.

  1. Fix the Cracks, Urgh!

Cracks are the secret passage that water takes to get into your house and cause havoc. Fill the cracks in your foundation, walkway, and patio right away before it gets into your house and costs your big bucks.

If you are doing major renovations outside, make sure your patios or walkways are sloping away from your house. Bye, water!

  1. Check the Air Conditioning

You know that time of year where you blast your car heat in the morning and turn on the A/C on the way home? That time is approaching, which means that the time to turn on the air conditioning in your house is coming too.

If you have a professional come inspect your air conditioning inspected before you turn it on could prolong the life of it — also, it’s a safety precaution.

  1. Replace Damaged Outdoor Lights and Pipes

The barbecue or hot tub: If you didn’t use these things over winter then MAKE SURE you check them before turning them on. Check those lights, plugs and faucets to make sure they still work before you need them and they don’t work!

  1. Inspect your gutters

I recently sold my house and didn’t realize the one of the downspouts had fallen off the house. Whoops. Ice build-up can cause serious damage so make sure they aren’t clogged and are pushing water away from your house!

  1. Look at your roof

This is an expense that nobody wants to pay for, but a damaged roof and shingles can let water enter your home. If water gets in and freezes it can damage the wood. If it doesn’t freeze, it can cause mold, which is not safe to breathe. When your shingles are damaged your energy bills will be higher because they aren’t doing its job keeping the elements out. Plus, a bad roof looks terrible on your home.

  1. Repair your Windows

Almost as bad as the cracks, but if you don’t make sure your windows are properly sealed then water and bugs can get into your house! This is another one that could save you big on your energy bills. Make sure to check that the wood around your windows isn’t rotting.

  1. Move the Wood

Did you know that wood piles should be stored 18” off the ground and at least two feet away from your home. Soggy wood is a cozy home for bugs. Yikes!

  1. Clean or Replace your Furnace Air Filter

This is one that people forget about. The rule of thumb is to replace your filter every three months, but if you have pets, smoke or have done renovations in your home you should replace it more frequently.

  1. Clean!

Spring is the perfect time to clean out your basement, garage, closet, or wherever you could use more space. Donate your goods to a local charity, have a garage sale, or part with items you know your friends would like, but you don’t use anymore.

If you have any questions about who to call to get your air conditioner inspected or fill the cracks in your foundation, I have a few people I trust to do a good job. Feel free to give me a call, text or email at scott.kurz@prestonmyre.com