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Preparing Your Home For Spring

8319527732_409fc7a69dSure, there’s still some of that white stuff on the ground, but the reality is that in a few short weeks, we’ll be seeing more and more green. The air will change, the birds will sing, and before you know it, spring will be upon us.

Now is a great time to start preparing your home for the change of season. Due to folks staying inside over the last few months to escape the cold, many portions of the home may have been neglected.

Are your interior systems up to snuff?

What about the conditions on the exterior of your home? Has the harsh winter caused some unwanted wear and tear?

Since we’ve already “sprung” forward—it’s time to look ahead. We’ve compiled a list of things to start thinking about below—spring will be here before you know it, so give us a call today. We can help make sure you’re ready!

Interior

  • Springtime is just as important as fall for checking your home’s major HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems. Make sure your air filters have been replaced or cleaned, and leave lots of time before the warmer weather hits to ensure your air conditioner is in good working order. You’ll be grateful you did this early on!
  • Inspect caulking around windows and doors—often, these openings can separate form their frames in harsh winter temperatures
  • Test all ground fault circuit interrupters in your washrooms, kitchens, outside receptacles and on the electrical panel
  • Turn on the interior water supply to exterior faucets, and check for leaks

Exterior

  • Inspect the outside of your home for cracks, caulking that’s come apart on exterior windows and doors, shingles that have fallen from the roof and brick that may have come apart from the chimney
  • Clean out gutters and spouts
  • We have certainly had some record snowfalls this year—which means a lot more snow is packed into places it hasn’t been before. If you see any signs of a leaky roof, or leaky foundation—call us for repairs immediately. Do not hesitate—the moment water penetrates into your building, it needs to be dealt with.
  • When the snow really starts to melt, water pools around the foundation, and saturates the ground. Make sure to clear a path to give it a place to go away from the building—dig out a path. You don’t want water anywhere near the foundation. 

Should I ask a pro?

A question that always comes up is: how much can I do alone?

It really depends on your comfort zone. Ask yourself, can I do this safely to a professional standard? If the answer is anything but a confident yes, you should always contact a professional—like the team of experts at Today’s Renovators.

When spring repairs and renovations are done right, by a reputable professional contractor, the benefits are countless.

Happy almost-spring, Ottawa!

Photo: Flickr/James Mann