Spring presents a dual opportunity when it comes to houses and home repairs:
- In areas where winter temperatures are subsiding, you’ll be able to get outside and survey any damage that storms and wind may have caused in the last months.
- By giving an in-depth look to your residence, you’ll have the chance to make any repairs needed early on, before they turn into major, expensive fixes.
Tackle these 10 home repairs in the warm days of spring and both your home and wallet will thank you this fall.
1. Check the paint.
If your home has gone through a season of snow and ice, the water could have damaged the exterior of your residence. After giving the outside an overview, you may need to scrape and touch up some sections. To make the process easier, ask your local hardware store if the current color of your home can be matched.
The bill is heftier for an entire paint job — the majority of homeowners spend between $1,715 and $3,675, according to HomeAdvisor.com.
Fresh paint can also be a solid solution for a weathered front door. Simply put on a coat of primer, followed by a couple of coats of exterior paint.
2. Go for the gutters.
A haven for debris and tree branches, gutters can easily become clogged. In addition to clearing them out, checking for leaks can help prevent future water problems.
If you’d rather not clean them yourself, go for a gutter cleaning service.
Expect to pay an average of $165 to have the gutters cleaned, inspected, repaired, and given preventative maintenance, according to Redbeacon.
3. Align storm doors.
Harsh weather can take its toll on the doors of your home. If you notice that a storm door isn’t closing easily – or at all – it may need some adjustments.
First, check that the screws are in place and tight on the hinges. You’ll often be able to repair the molding or frame, rather than replacing the whole door, to make it open and shut properly again.
In addition, if you have a door with glass and screen panels that can be switched, look over the screen for any small holes before installing it.
4. Have the roof checked.
Leaks in a roof can lead to water seeping into the walls and attic, eventually causing water damage and mold problems.
Start by walking around your attic or the top story of your home. Look for any signs of moisture or water spots. And if you feel a cool draft, you might have missing or damaged shingles.
The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends hiring a professional for any work that needs to be done on the roof.
A few costs to expect: $100 to $150 for a few broken shingles, and $300 to $500 to replace flashing or boots by chimneys, skylights, and vents, according to Houselogic.
5. Repair driveways and walkways outside.
If ice expanded and contracted in the cracks of your driveway, or salt hit the pavement, you may see signs of wear and tear in the warmer months.
For smaller repairs, a simple concrete filler may work to fill in gaps so they don’t get any bigger.
To get a driveway with extensive cracks back in shape, it could cost between about $800 and $2,000, according to HomeAdvisor.com.
6. Trim trees near your home.
If you have branches from trees that are growing close to your home, it’s easier to cut them back in spring, before they have leaves.
While you can probably reach low branches on your own, limbs that are high-reaching will likely need a professional service to trim them back into place.
Most homeowners spend between $352 and $964 on tree trimming, notes HomeAdvisor.
7. Don’t overlook the windows.
Though not often the first on the list when it comes to home repairs, windows play an important role in keeping your place well insulated and running efficiently. They not only help keep warm air inside during the winter; they also keep warm air out during the summer.
If your windows are older or worn, they could have trouble insulating your home, resulting in higher energy bills. Before purchasing replacements, try caulking to seal shut any gaps or cracks that could be causing the problem.
8. Check on your air conditioner.
Another way to save on utility bills: have a well-tuned air conditioner. Start by making sure the power to the unit is turned off. Then check the area around the setup for any debris that should be cleared away. Change the filter for the unit.
As a way to look for other potential issues, turn on the air conditioning unit. Listen for any unusual sounds when it runs, monitor if it creates cool air quickly, and check that it doesn’t shut off too soon.
If your test run reveals any red flags, you’ll want a professional to come and look it over.
9. Prep the deck.
The winter months can give your deck a beating. To give it a review, you’ll first want to clear the area of any furniture, pots and grill materials. Sweep away any dirt or leaves that have gathered. For a thorough cleaning, use a deck cleaner or power washer.
Check for any damaged boards or nails that have popped out. Then add another layer of sealant or stain if needed.
10. Clean the dryer vent duct.
The back of your dryer leads to a vent duct that goes outside of the house. Over time, it can get built up with lint, making your dryer work longer and harder and increasing your energy bills. Furthermore, it can become a fire hazard if too much lint accumulates in it.
To clean it, unplug your dryer and if it is a gas dryer, turn off the gas. Then take off the outside cover of the vent. Use a lint brush with a handle that extends to clear out the inside.