It’s been a long time coming but, dare we say it? Spring finally feels as though it is on its way. It may feel like you have been fighting a losing battle over the winter, tackling damp, leaks, draughts and a neglected garden. Now is a great time to get on top of things so that you can start doing the fun jobs – the ones that will help you to relax when the summer finally arrives.
For the ultimate guide on maintaining and improving your home’s exterior, check out our to-do list for Spring.
Check Your Windows
The chances are that you have spent the last few months on the inside, looking through windows dotted with raindrops. Now is the time to take a close look at them, from the inside as well as the outside. Keep an eye out for warped, rotted, or peeling window frames and condensation, between panes or inside the house. If you notice rotting window frames or excessive condensation, you will need to repair or consider replacing your windows – call a window specialist for more information. If the damage is limited, a local window specialist may be able to repair your window panes; if the damage is too extensive, you will be able to get a no-obligation quote on replacement.
Check the Roof
With luck, the worst of the rain has passed, however the Great British weather can always be relied upon to throw in a surprise shower or two! Take a good look at your roof, watching out for missing or damaged tiles. Even if the roof looks in good condition, pop into the eves and check for damp – even the smallest leak can cause rotting rafters and damage to insulation. If in doubt, get in touch with a reliable roofing specialist for advice.
Spruce Up Your Door
Your front door does much more than protect you from unwelcome visitors and the elements; it says a lot about you. It probably received a battering during the winter months, so now is the time to give it a little tlc – a good wash for UPVC doors, and a sand and fresh coat of paint for wooden ones to add curb appeal and give you a warm welcome every time you come home.
Clear Your Gutters
Unless you have experienced a problem during the winter, it is unlikely that you have checked your gutters since last autumn. Now is the time to do it – clear any debris, check for loose or damaged sections and ensure that downpipes are clear. If you spot any damage or if you are unsure about working at heights, get in touch with a local guttering specialist.
These simple jobs will take just a few hours but will help to protect your home and save you money in the coming months. If you are looking for a local trader that you know you can trust, check out our directory. Alternatively, for information and guidance on jobs of all sizes, from gutter clearing to renovation projects, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.