We’ve almost made it through another cold, messy Kansas City winter. In less than a month’s time, temperatures will be rising, days will get a bit longer, trees will start budding and home projects will come calling.
That means you should start preparing your home for spring, including making it safer. Home maintenance for the spring is as easy as the following 7 steps:
- De-clutter your home: Throw away or donate old clothes and other unwanted and unnecessary items that have accumulated over the winter months. Reorganize and wipe down cupboards, walls and floors. Most important, open your windows and let some fresh air inside.
- Give the interior a little TLC: Check the batteries on your smoke alarms, consider cleaning and closing up your fireplace for the season, and be sure to check your attic for any uninvited guests that may have holed up there during the winter. Fix leaky faucets, change light bulbs and thoroughly clean bathrooms and kitchens. Wash your windows, too. They can be a breeding ground for germs and mold.
- Inspect the outside of your home: Check your roof for loose shingles, clean your gutters, inspect outside faucets and look for warped, loose or splintered boards on your patio or deck. You might want to bring out your outdoor furniture or check what you left outside for rust or rot. Inspect your exterior paint. It might need touching up or a total repaint.
- Prep your landscaping:The weather may not be warm or dry enough to plant flowers or lay new mulch just yet, but you can still prep your landscaping for when the time comes. Check for damaged trees or broken limbs. Rake away unwanted leaves and brush and start making new landscaping plans.
- Service your systems:Those warm months are coming soon, so make sure your critical systems are in great shape, including your AC unit, attic fan, water heater, etc. Make an appointment to get them serviced if necessary and don’t forget to change those air filters, too.
- Look for cracks in the asphalt/concrete:If you see cracks in your driveway or your patio is sinking, take time to repair, lift or fill them. Voids and cracks can collect water, which can freeze and refreeze and cause more unwanted damage to the tune of thousands of dollars to replace an entire driveway or patio.
- Make your home safer: Check doors and locks to make sure they still close tightly and haven’t warped over the winter. Check and replace any outside lights that have burned out. Consider installing a home alarm system if you don’t have one in place. According to FBI statistics, when the weather gets warmer, burglaries rise. Don’t leave your home and family at risk. Today’s home alarm systems do much more than just protect you from intruders. They also monitor smoke and carbon monoxide levels. Include a free consultation with Armor Alarms, your KC-based home security company, on your list of home maintenance for the spring. We’d love to answer your questions and help you schedule a consultation with one of our installation experts. Just call 913.201.4959. We’ll make your home safer and give you peace of mind this spring and all year round.
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