April 8, 2009
Perserve the value of your home and prevent some major headaches. Here are a few simple tips to get you started around your home this Spring:
- Check your weather stripping.
The cold winter might have done a number on the flexibility of the seal in your weather stripping. Don’t like cooling the entire neighborhood? Caulk (for a short term fix) or completely replace your old weather stripping.
- Remove your storm windows.
Open up those windows and let that wonderful spring breeze fill your home with fresh air. Just remember… your windows are open… turn down your TV and don’t yell at your spouse!
- Check your sprinklers.
A sprinkler malfunction could lead to costly leaks and damage to the foundation of your home. Frozen ground has a way of constricting and damaging in-ground sprinkler systems.
- Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Dust can collect on the insides of the detectors preventing them from properly detecting problems in your house. You may have heard the famous saying, ‘Save a life, dust a mite’. That’s what this is referring to. Oh, you haven’t heard that one? Also, double check your batteries. Even though the detectors are supposed to beep (annoyingly) when batteries are low, it’s a good idea to be safe.
- Check your roof for damaged or loose shingles.
We had some pretty nasty storms with exceptionally high winds this past winter in Southern Indiana. Make sure everything is in order so you don’t have major roof leakage when it really starts to rain!
- Get your A/C inspected.
At the very least, replace the filter. An HVAC rep can add years to the life of your A/C unit. It will also run more efficiently saving you money!
- Replace or clean your furnace filter.
Yeah, it’s probably pretty nasty after working so hard this winter. Go ahead and replace the filter.
- Remove any debris from your gutters.
At the same time you could even take down your Christmas lights. Oh, I’m the only one with my lights still up.
- Check your electrical outlets.
Unscrew the faceplate and visually check for frayed wires or loose plugs. Call an electrician immediately if you notice anything amiss.
- Check your water heater for leaks and/or corrosion.
An inefficient water heater could add hundreds of dollars to your bills each year. If you notice any leaks, call a repair technician.
For other tips check out AmeriStamp Sign-A-Rama’s collection of tips here.