Since we’re all spending more time at home right now, it’s a fantastic time to show your home some love and prepare for the warmer months ahead. So grab your garden gloves, drills, and wheel barrows and get started!  Here are the items to put on your spring time to-do list.

Check your gutters

 

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We say this with every change of season, but it’s very important to check your gutters every few months. In the spring, focus on checking for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris. It’s rainy season…April showers and all.

Use Compacted Soil

It’s all about protecting from the rain. Spring rains can cause flooding in your yard, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. No one wants that! Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Filling these low areas will also prevent standing water during the summer, meaning less places for mosquitoes to breed.

Examine the chimney

This one’s another seasonal repeat, but yes, very important. Check your chimney for signs of damage and consider having a chimney sweep inspect and clean the flue.

Give concrete areas a once-over

 

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Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from your home’s foundation. Fill any cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. Pick one of the nice spring days we get here in Richmond and power-wash and then seal the concrete.

Check outdoor faucets
A little tip we picked up from good ‘ole HGTV is to turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. This is also a good time to check the garden hose for dry rot.

Have your AC unit serviced
If you haven’t done this recently, it’s a smart move to get your outside AC unit looked at and cleaned by a professional before the hotter days are upon us. A clean unit operates more efficiently and having this done annually will keep your system working to perfection. Also, be sure to change your in home filters regularly.

Check lawn equipment

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Take a look at your lawn mower, weed eater, etc. to make sure they’re ready for the yard beautifying months ahead. Clean them and sharpen any blades to ensure lawn perfection.

Clean and inspect your deck/patio

Check your deck for warped, loose or splintered boards, and do a good sweep to remove any leaves and debris accumulated in the space between boards. If you have a wood deck and its faded or worn, now is the time to clean, stain, and reseal it. If you have composite decking, follow the manufacturers’ recommendations on seasonal care. Use the same care for wood and composite fences, pergolas, trellises and other structures. If you have a stone patio, a simple hose down should do.

The attic needs love too

Search your attic space for signs that insects and animals have colonized. Also, keep an eye our for mold. Proper insulation and good ventilation will deter mold growth in the attic, so take action now to prevent the problem from developing.

Lawn maintenance

This one may be a given, but it’s an important one. Rake the lawn to remove any branches, debris and leaves that you might have missed in the fall; they can suffocate the grass. Also, weed, weed, weed! Pull those unsightly weeds and invest in a container or two of Preen to prevent their appearance for another few months. Aerate and fertilize for lush, green grass, prune bushes and shrubs, and freshen the mulch in your garden beds.

Take this time to start making your plan of attack and spruce things up! We promise you’ll be glad you did and you’re home with thank you!