After what seems like an endless winter, spring is finally upon us. But while the turning of the season is a great time to get out in the garden, and re-invigorate our social lives a little, it’s also the perfect time to think about sprucing up the home. Since time immemorial, most of us have viewed the spring as a time of transition; a time where the old goes out and the new comes in. For most of us this takes the form of the familiar spring clean, and while this is great for reinvigorating the home in some cases it might not be enough to meet the needs of your home. If you own your own home, it’s especially to use these fairer months as an opportunity to ensure that your property is ready to face the ravages of the season. While most of us are pretty much on top of it when it comes to preparing our homes for the icy cold and wind that comes with winter or the onslaught of heat and insects that comes with summer, few of us consider that even the gentler spring can take its toll on our homes.
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Here are some ways to get your home ready for the demands of the season that you may not have considered…
Weatherstrip your windows
In the coming months, you’ll hopefully become a lot less reliance on your indoor heating and AC, not to mention your lighting solutions. This will hopefully lead to an energy saving season. But there are still steps you can take to ensure that your home is as energy efficient as it can be. While this may be a time to consider whether taking the plunge on double glazed windows, a far more cost effective solution is weatherstripping. If you’ve never weatherstripped your windows before it’s an easy and effective way of keeping your energy bills down and your home pleasantly warm. There are a range of materials that you can use, and each has their own pros and cons but all of them will help you to save good money on your heating and AC costs.
Check your roof
Few of us are aware of what’s going on with our roof but the spring is the perfect time to have a look at this roofing quiz to determine whether your roof needs some repair or even a full replacement. While replacing your roof may represent a sizable investment, it may well be a more cost effective solution than a repair in the long term. This is because upgrading your roofing materials can keep the heat sealed into your home in cold weather while reflecting sunlight in those coming summer months so the house stays cool.
Okay, so few of us relish the thought of climbing up to the roof to check out our gutters, but they may well be clogged with dead leaves from the fall and winter season which, if left unattended, may not bode well for your home with the inevitable spring showers. This is quite a high risk job, so unless you or your partner is extremely confident on a ladder, it’s well worth calling a professional.