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Summer is Coming: Prepare Your Home

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

This past winter was definitely a rough one. More than a few blizzards paired with blistering cold and incredibly high winds did a number on many homes, but with the weather what it was, the time to do repairs and deal with issues of maintenance on one’s home and lawn hasn’t yet come… until now. The spring time is the right time to really buckle down and take care of your home, but there is so much to do, it can be difficult to identify what needs doing and what can wait. It can also be difficult to determine what you are capable of doing yourself and what you need a professional to do.

After all, while the DIY movement – fueled by the Internet and home repair and maintenance shows – has done a lot for providing knowledge and skill to your average homeowner, there are still many things that are simply better left to the professionals. Fortunately, we have a short list of some home maintenance issues you can tackle before summer really hits, issues that you don’t need a professional for…

  1.       Top to Bottom: Your Roof

The most important part of your home, the element that gives your home its purpose, is the roof. If your roof is leaky, drafty, or otherwise damaged in such a way that it no longer quite does its job, then you have a problem on your hands, one that needs to be immediately repaired. A roof typically takes quite a beating during the winter, so spring is the perfect time to go about repairing your roof. Replace shingles, install new fasteners, and clean out any debris that has built up there over the past few months.

 

  1.       Side to Side: Outside Walls

Now that your roof is protecting you from the elements, what about your home’s walls? Those are pretty important as well, as they not only keep the elements out but also provide privacy and even more temperature/climate control. Water stains, gutter buildup, and damage from pests are common issues many homes face, however, and spring is the time to deal with them before summer hits and those become devastating issues that cost you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to deal with.

 

  1.       Bottom to Top: Your Foundation

Finally, the foundation of your home is, well, what everything else is built on. If there are cracks or other damage to your foundation, that is something you have to take care of immediately, as this can not only be problematic in your basement but cause problems for your entire home. If the damage is severe enough, you may actually have to call in a professional, but trust us: it’s worth it!

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com