spring-home-improvement-projectsSpring is in the air. The weather is nicer, and then comes the realization every home owner dreads: spring home maintenance. Savvy home owners know to address those seasonal fixes sooner, as it improves home values in the long run. Give your home some much needed TLC, and take care of these essential spring home improvement projects.

Allergy-Proof Your Home

Spring can wreak havoc on allergy sufferers, but did you know there are ways to prevent allergens in your home? Change your HVAC filters for more efficient removal of allergens in the air. Use welcome mats both inside and outside your front door to prevent pollen from being tracked into your home. If you have machine washable curtains, run them through a wash cycle.

Love Your Lawn

A little work now can produce a healthier and happier lawn in the summer. Start by removing branches and debris from your lawn. Then fertilize, sod and reseed your grass as needed. It's also a great idea to make sure that your watering systems are undamaged and in working order. It could save you money in watering costs in the summer.

Reseal Your Driveway

Winter takes its toll on your driveway. Snow shoveling and harsh weather conditions can cause it to wear down faster. First, give it a good clean by scrubbing away dirt, moss, and debris. Next, pick a dry day to reseal your driveway. Allow a full 24 hours to dry before stepping on the surface if possible for maximum protection. An annual resealing regimen is the secret to an everlasting driveway.

Prep Your Windows

Spring is a great time to give your windows a thorough cleaning. Wash away winter grime on the surface, in addition to window tracks and screens. Your home will feel bigger and brighter as a result. Also check your window seals and ensure that caulking is intact and doesn't need replacing.

Insider tip: choose a cloudy day to clean windows, as the sun tends to evaporate window cleaner more rapidly, meaning it will leave unwanted streaks.

Prevent Winter Leaks & Flooding

Leaks and floods can end up costing you a lot of money in damage and repairs, but are easily avoidable. Clean gutters and remove any debris to prevent blockages. Make sure that downspouts are intact, and are properly directing water away from home. While you're at it, inspect the roof for damaged or missing shingles in order to prevent a nasty surprise come April showers.

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Also, if you have a crawlspace (raised foundation), it is a good idea to inspect the crawlspace at least twice a year (spring and fall) for pest intrusion and water/moisture intrusion. If you have a quarterly pest service, the technician will usually inspect the crawlspace for these things - well worth the quarterly charge of around $60 to have them go under the house vs. you! :-)

Posted by Delco Realty Group on Monday, April 13th, 2015 at 6:56pm

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