As the refreshing spring weather quickly approaches, many people are looking for ways to shake free from the winter doldrums which often includes some vigorous spring cleaning. After being cooped up indoors all winter, it’s time to open some windows and let the fresh air and sunshine in. While you’re cleaning and airing out the house, you should also consider taking this opportunity to prep your house for the impending rainstorms and wet weather that comes along with the sunny days of spring.
The Great Plains state of Oklahoma has a lot of flatlands that lends itself to water problems and windy weather so it would be smart for Claremore families to make sure their homes are well sealed and ready for whatever mother nature has in store. Consider using these tips as a checklist to make sure your home is ready for spring. Here are a few tips to make sure your home is protected in the new season.
Starting at the top, check your roof for loose or broken shingles that need to be repaired. Strong winds can knock cracked shingles off the roof making it easy for water to get inside your home. Also, check the attic for leads and drafts. Next, check all the doors and windows for leaks. You can caulk windows and doors or add weather strips.
Because spring storms can get windy, make sure the paint isn’t peeling on the exterior of the home. As soon as some good weather hits, touch up areas that need it or repaint the home if it’s been a long time. This is also a good time to clean out gutters and downspouts. If they get full, it could cause leaking in the basement.
Speaking of basements, take a look down there for wet spots that need to be sealed. You don’t want to be stuck with a foot of water in the basement after a long rainy season. Basement leaks can be difficult to deal with and left untreated can cause serious foundation issues.
Just before spring is a great time to change A/C filters, clean out dryer vents, and change the batteries in all the smoke detectors at once. As the weather starts to get warm, watch out for rodent or insect infestations and any holes where they could get into the home. You can have the home sprayed for bugs if that’s an issue for you.
One last thing to make sure your home is prepped for spring, and that is to take a look at your homeowner’s insurance policy. At least once a year you should call your broker and go over your policy to see if any changes need to be made. Update coverage limits, possessions, valuables, and other features to protect your financial investments. Now your ready for some serious spring cleaning and a whole lot of fun in the sun before it gets too hot to enjoy it!