It’s been a long winter, but the birds are already starting to migrate north again for the warm weather season. We don’t need a groundhog to tell us that spring is right around the corner. As the weather starts to turn warmer, homeowners across Minnesota will be breaking out their to-do lists filled with spring cleaning chores and annual home maintenance projects.
At Anderson Exteriors, we help Twin Cities homeowners check important items off of their honey-do lists every year. In this post, we’re sharing our own list of important home maintenance chores homeowners shouldn’t overlook. Give us a call to schedule your spring home maintenance services today!
Making a Plan
Just because it’s still chilly outside doesn’t mean you can’t get a jumpstart on your spring home maintenance. Start with your indoor list, and don’t forget to schedule any much-needed home maintenance projects with local contractors.
Add these important chores to your list:
1. Check your air filters.
Over time, as the air filters in your HVAC system do their job by filtering out pet dander, dust, dirt, and pollutants, it becomes more difficult for air to push through them. This means your system has to work much harder, which can cause the parts to wear out sooner and rack up unpleasantly high monthly energy costs. Taking that time to replace or clean out your air filter will keep your system running smoothly and improve the air quality in your home.
2. Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly.
Checking your carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home is a simple but important step you can take to protect everyone living in your home. Be sure to check your smoke detector at least once every month. Before getting started, let everyone know you’ll be checking your alarm so they’re prepared for it to go off. Send someone to the far end of your home to listen for your smoke detector and let you know how far it can be heard in case you need to add another one.
Next, push the button on the alarm and test it, holding it until a loud pitch is emitted. If the sound isn’t ear-splitting, you need to replace either your batteries or the smoke detector.
3. Clean your rain gutters.
Your rain gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year as twigs, leaves, and other types of debris can lead to gutter clogs. Clear any debris from your gutters that gathered over the winter months. This helps to prevent clogs from forming that could lead to ice dams, water damage, foundation problems, and more. If you hate cleaning your own gutters, consider scheduling a gutter inspection or updating your gutters to add a seamless gutter system.
4. Clean your windows and check for signs of window damage.
Over the winter months, your windows can get pretty dirty with all of that snow and rain. Give all of your windows a thorough cleaning using a gentle window cleaner, carefully cleaning the frames and glass. While you’re washing your windows, be sure to inspect them thoroughly for signs of damage like window leaks or damaged frames. If you need to have any windows replaced, contact a replacement window contractor at Anderson Exteriors.
5. Clean and inspect your siding.
To keep your siding looking beautiful longer, schedule a time to give it a good cleaning once a year. If you have vinyl siding, all you’ll need is mild dish liquid or laundry soap and a garden hose. Take advantage of the opportunity to look out for signs of siding damage like warping, gaps, and bubbles.
6. Take a look at your roof for signs of roof damage.
Winter precipitation can be hard on a roof system. However, most serious roof damage is preventable if you prioritize regular roof inspections and stay on top of minor repairs before they become serious. Each spring and fall, carve out a time to take a look around your home for signs of obvious roof damage like missing shingles or granules. Additionally, be sure to check your roof for signs of trouble every time you experience a strong storm front. If you suspect more serious roof damage or it’s been a long time since you had a professional roof inspection, call a residential roofing contractor to have them get a closer look.
Call Our Twin Cities Exterior Remodeling Contractors
What’s on your to-do list this spring? Our Anderson Exteriors home improvement contractors are eager to help you check off your list this season. Whether you need roof repair services or a gutter inspection, we’ve got you covered with professional service you can count on.
You can check out examples of our past projects on our online gallery to learn more about our contracting services. Schedule your inspection or get a free estimate by calling 763-323-0970 or by contacting us online. We can’t wait to help you get your home in shape for a beautiful summer! Give us a call today!