With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get your house ready for the warm weather. Here are a few helpful maintenance tips to help you get your house and property prepared for the spring season.
1. Inspect the Exterior of Your Home
The outside of your home may have taken a beating this winter due to harsh weather conditions. Walk around the perimeter of your home and examine caulking around doors and windows. Inspect the roof of your house for any missing shingles or tiles. Remove debris from gutters and downspouts.
It still may be a little early to start your annual spring gardening, but it isn’t too late to get prepared. Inspect garden equipment and replace any old hoses or tools that will need to be updated for the new season. Check any trees or bushes that may have been damaged by the winter weather. It is also a good idea to inspect irrigation lines and check for any leaks. Winter’s freeze/thaw cycle can be hard on plumbing so catching any damage early will save on money and labor.
3. Inspect Interior Systems
Spring and fall are the two best times during the year to inspect your home’s heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems. Make sure air filters have been replaced and all systems are in good working order. Getting a head start will save you money and allow you to beat the crowds when the weather finally changes.
4. Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning always feels great, but knowing where to start can often feel overwhelming. Begin by removing clutter and clean windows, floors, ceiling fans and fireplaces. Garage sales are a great way to get you ready for the spring season as well. Coordinate a community sale with your neighbours. This is great incentive for going through your belongs and sorting out old unwanted things.
Getting a head start on spring preparations will ensure you are ready for when the nice weather finally arrives. If you are like me and know you will never do any of the above, you may want to consider getting the main things looked at by a handy man or other household service person-if you ever go to sell your Vancouver real estate, you want to have been on top of the maintenance issues as much as possible. If you are thinking of selling, a more major review will be required. If you are in the market for buying a house this spring, speak to a Vancouver REALTOR® such as myself. With local knowledge of the area, I would be happy to answers any questions you may have in regards to real estate.