Get Your Property Ready for Spring

As your home begins defrosting from winter’s chill, it’s a good time to get everything ready for spring.

Take advantage of the burst of energy you get from spotting that first flower or songbird to deep clean and maintain your property, from the bedrooms to the backyard.

Does your home need some upkeep? Continue reading for five tasks that should be on every homeowner’s seasonal to-do list.

HVAC Readiness
Whether you have central air or use window units, you should:

  • Inspect panels to make sure they’re still secured and undamaged from the winter.
  • Remove debris such as leaves, twigs and grass from the compressor.
  • Replace the air filter.

Consider scheduling a professional tuneup visit if you’re unsure what shape your system is in.

Tree Trimming
Prune and trim shrubbery and trees as needed. This will boost the appearance of your landscaping and protect your home by keeping overgrowth away from doors, windows and HVAC units.

Look for trees that have been damaged or died over the winter. You may need to have them taken down to prevent risks to your property (or a neighbor’s).

Cleaning and Decluttering
Now is the time to donate or sell unwanted items, dust and mop your whole home, wash your porch or deck and finish other seasonal or annual cleaning tasks.

Roof and Gutters
Check for buildup in your gutters, make sure downspouts are pointing away from your home, and look for holes or cracks. If you don’t feel comfortable cleaning your gutters, you can hire a professional.

You should also survey your roof to see if there are any damaged or missing shingles, and contact a roofing expert if there are repairs to be made.

Drain Your Water Heater
Sediment can build up in your water heater, which reduces efficiency. Draining and flushing it once a year can help the unit last longer, and it may also reduce your utility costs.

If you’ve got questions about home upkeep or your homeowners insurance policy, get in touch today.