No season is quite as inspiring as spring, when everything feels fresh again. To get that same feeling around the house, tackle some of these tasks this season. This will help you maintain your home’s value while minimizing repair bills.
Check for cracks in concrete, including sidewalks, patios, driveways. Fix minor damage with concrete-repair products and have a professional repair more serious cracks.
Examine wooden structures, such as decks for wear, loose boards, popping nails or decay. Repair and then pressure wash, re-paint or re-stain, and re-seal.
Clean your gutters and look for damage. Make sure all downspouts are positioned to send water two feet or more away from your home’s foundation.
Inspect screens in doors and windows to make sure they’re intact. Take the time to repair or replace them as needed.
Inspect hoses hooked to your appliances (dishwasher, clothes washer, refrigerator, water heater, etc.). Replace any hoses that show signs of cracks, bubbles, loose connections or leaks.
Clean stove hoods, ceiling fan motors, heating/cooling vents and registers, as well as carpets and upholstery. Keep an eye out for needed repairs as you go.
To help ensure that home repairs don’t cause you to build up debt or tap into cash reserved for other purposes, save up funds specifically for repairs. Many experts suggest setting aside from 1 to 4 percent of your home’s value each year. You won’t use it all every year, but some years you may need every penny. The older your home, the more you’re likely to need. But your savvy will pay off with a home that looks, and functions, like a charm!