How to make a spring home improvement to-do list
Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 1:00:14 PM
It has felt like forever, but spring is finally here, and with it homeowners itching for an upgrade. In fact, many people are taking the concept of "spring cleaning" and going one step above - home improvement.
If this sounds like you, then you're in luck - Home Loan Investment Bank's Brian Harvey recently offered some good advice on which home improvement projects are best saved for this time of year.
"Spring is the perfect time of year to assess your home following a rough winter and to prepare for the hotter temperatures and weather conditions of summer," Harvey explained. "There are a number of service and maintenance projects that should be on every homeowner's spring to-do list."
According to Harvey, your to-do list should look something like:
1. Exterior Maintenance
Begin with a tour around the outside of your home. Inspect the property and find areas that need repairs.
"Painting, staining and sealing decking, stairs, handrails and trim work will give your home a fresh new look for the spring and summer," Harvey noted. "Another easy and affordable update for the handy homeowner is to replace your mailbox and post. Kits or the individual materials should be available at your local hardware store, and a new mailbox can be an eye catching addition to your home's curb appeal."
2. Service and cleaning
The next step involves regular service of your home appliances and components. Calling in an industry professional can ensure everything is in top working order for the summer months - and the eventual winter.
"These service appointments will help you gauge the life expectancy of your units so that you may prepare financially for replacement and repairs when needed," Harvey added. "Changing filters for these units is a simple task and will help increase performance and energy efficiency."
One other step is to address insulation. Make sure your home is adequately protected in the attic and in crawl spaces.
3. Replacements and repairs
The home improvement on your spring to-do list should cover replacements and repairs.
"Owning a home is a never-ending cost and inevitably there will be more expensive projects that need to be addressed to protect your home's integrity and value," Harvey pointed out. "The spring is classic home improvement season, and a thorough analysis of the condition of your roof, gutters, downspouts and windows should always be part of your spring start up."
Harvey recommended caulking windows, checking gutters and downspouts and fixing the roof. Inspect your entire home on a regular basis and get ahead of any repairs. If you need financial assistance, home improvement financing can help offset the cost of needed upgrades this spring.