The evenings are getting a little bit lighter, the sun is making more of an appearance, which can only mean one thing, spring and summer are on their way. Before winter becomes a long-gone memory, now is the perfect time to make use of the longer days and ensure that winter hasn’t taken too much of a toll on your home.
Here are 5 easy steps to follow:
Clear out the gutters
After months of wind and rain with the occasional storm thrown in, your gutters are likely to clogged up with leaves and debris that have been blown from nearby trees. A blocked gutter can cause excess water to overflow and run down the side of your house. It can also cause your guttering to wear away and break if it’s having to deal with added pressure from the extra water. Making sure to clear the leaves from your gutters will reduce water build up and any potential resulting water damage to your home.
Make sure there’s no hanging branches
The winter weather, may have resulted in some of the lower hanging branches on trees next to your home to have partially snapped, now is a good time to have a look around the trees and remove any branches that could fall off and cause potential damage to your home.
Take a look at the roof
You want to make sure that the roof you have over your head is safe, secure and undamaged so that you can keep any leaks at bay and catch any other issues early. It’s important to regularly check your roof for any damage, the last thing you’ll want to do is get up on the roof, so start by inspecting the inside by looking in your loft for any signs of sagging, water marks, rot or sunlight shining through. Then take a look outside from the ground to make sure that all of your roof tiles are still there, aren’t loose and there’s no signs of any cracks of damage to the tiles. If you have a flat roof, it’s also important to ensure that there’s no left-over winter debris sitting on the roof. If you notice any damage, its best to call a specialist to come and repair the roof.
Repair and reseal the woodwork
Maybe you have wooden windows, doors or cladding on your home, over the winter months, this will have taken a battering and now is the time check for any water stains, warping or damage. Once you have repaired any damage, give the woodwork a fresh lick of paint or varnish to help reseal the woodwork.
Get out in the garden
With the summer months heading our way, start getting out in the garden, mowing the lawn, giving the garden furniture a good clean and planting any new plants, so that once the summer months roll round, you’ll have a nice space to enjoy outside.