Home Maintenance Tips for When the Snow Melts

The snow isn't over yet, but it's never too early to plan for home maintenance, especially if you're thinking of selling your home this spring.  Here are 5 home maintenance tasks to tackle when the snow has finally melted so you can get your home ready for spring and warmer weather.  

1. Evaluate Your Shingles and Roof
Your shingles and roof can become damaged during the winter months. Inspect your shingles and roof so you can avoid leaks and floods as well as decide whether or not it’s time to replace your roof covering entirely. Check in your attic to see if there is evidence of any leaks in the roof or around the chimney.
2. Clean Out Your Gutters
Clogged gutters will lead to leaks and floods. Clear out last year’s leaves from your gutters and fix any loose or leaky ones. This way, when the very last of the snow finally melts, the water can drain off your roof and away from your house.
3. Check Your Chimney
Damaged parts, dirty flues and unswept areas can lead to poor air quality in your home. Have a professional chimney sweep clean out your chimney and confirm any underlying structural issues, so you can be positive you’re breathing fresh, uncontaminated air.  If you don't have a chimney cap, this is a good time to add one to help keep small animals and debris out of your chimney and fireplace.
4. Look Foundation Cracks
Cracks or movement in the concrete under and around your house can lead to water draining toward your house. Address problematic cracks and either fill them in yourself with a concrete crack filler or hire a professional to do a more thorough job.  You don't want water creeping into your house or its foundation. You can help water drain away from the foundation with gutter extensions and add soil to create a proper slope away from the house to drain in the yard.
5. Assess Your Windows  
Damage to the weather stripping around your windows not only leads to winter drafts, but also leads to cool air leaking out during the warmer spring and summer months. Look for condensation and check each window’s weather seal, so you can be sure that no hot air gets in while you’re running your air conditioner. If a window's glass looks foggy but you've cleaned the glass, the seal is likely broken.  You can sometimes replace just the glass itself.  There are also companies that will repair the seal with a defogging procedure.  Otherwise you may want to consider replacing the entire window.
If you're contemplating selling your home this sping, there are other things to do both inside and outside the house in order to present your home in the best possible light when listing.  Feel free to contact me for advice, including staging and contractor recommendations.  'm here to help!