The same way you prepare your home for the winter, there are things that should be done in preparation of the warmer spring and summer months. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Check For Pests
As plants come back to life with the warmer weather, they bring with it a variety of pests. Take a walk around your property and look for signs of infestation. Are there signs of termites in the wood? Do you see the actual bugs, damage to the wood, or droppings. Have ant hills sprung up? Are bees swarming in any a particular area? Any opening that allows animals access to your attic or basement? If you see evidence of pests, it would be a good idea to call an exterminator.
Examine Your Underground Sprinklers
If you have an underground system, it was winterized, and the water drained from the lines. But before you start it up again for the spring, turn on one zone at a time and make sure the heads are rising up and are all pointed in the correct directions. Make sure that everything is in good working order before setting the timers for automatic sprinkling.
Examine Your Roof
Just like you get an annual check-up at your doctor, your roof needs an annual review. You can go up on the roof or hire a specialist – or at the very least, take a look from the ground with a pair of binoculars. Look for damaged or missing shingles, which happens sometimes during winter storms. Check the flashing around skylights and chimneys to make certain it’s secure and watertight.
Prepare Your Air Conditioner
Central systems are convenient, but need TLC. Change the filter so you start the season off fresh. Check all the hose connections to make sure no leaks occurred and check to make sure the drain pan is not clogged. Vacuum around the condenser and blower so all dirt is removed and the units will operate at maximum efficiency. If there are any operational deficiencies, get it fixed before it starts getting too hot.
Trim Overgrown Branches
Don’t allow branches to touch the side of your house. This invites bugs, and stains, and mold – and on heavier branches, larger animals can jump over to your roof. Keep brush a good 5 or 6 feet from your home so the roots won’t cause cracks in the foundation. And keeping the sides of your house and roof clear of leaves, will allow the rains to do a natural “cleansing” on your siding and shingles.