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|Posted on January 25, 2018 at 1:55 PM|
Many people consider spring to be the best time of year. Living in Florida we don't get the coldest winter, but it is still nice when the weather begins to turn and it is still cool enough that we aren't dealing with the overwhelming heat that comes with summer. There is new growth and warmth, but these things can bring a host of problems for your home if you aren’t properly prepared. Making these repairs now also means that you will be prepared when the next hurricane season rolls around. Here are a few things you should look into before spring or as it starts to get warmer.
For homes that experience snow and ice, the severity of the winter can affect your roofs condition, but even for homes in Florida the spring is a great time to check your roof for any damages before the the next hurricane season. There is no way to know if there is damages without inspecting it. Any loose shingles need to be replaced, and cracks need to be sealed. Just because you don’t have winter storms doesn’t mean you shouldn’t worry about leaks. The spring and summer will bring plenty of rain and you want to be sure you are prepared before potential water damage becomes an issue. You should hire a professional to inspect and repair your roof since they have the tools needed to find the little things that haven’t become problems yet. This is also a good time to clean your shingles and remove any moss or stains left from algae.
The winter may have brought relief from pests, but they are about to make a comeback. The best way to avoid this? Get on your pest control ahead of time. This is particularly important if you live in a warm and humid climate because this is where pests thrive. Get your home inspected to make sure you don’t already have a problem and that you are taking the proper precautions.
You may begin using your air conditioner once the temperatures rise, so you want to make sure that you aren’t spending a ton of money trying to cool the outside. Check your insulation, especially in areas like the attic, to make sure you aren’t letting all the cool air escape out of your house. If you haven't already done one, this is also a good time to get an energy audit from you power provider. The audit may also offer some discounts for home upgrades like new insulation or windows. Check with you local power company to see what they offer.
Add a Shed
While not a complete necessity, if you don’t have a lot of space in your garage, but you do have some extra yard space, adding a shed can be a great investment. This will allow you to free up some space in your home and garage by storing any tools and equipment in the shed. This will make your tools more accessible and prevent frustration from overcrowding. You can build a simple shed from a kit or from scratch if you are handy with tools.
Just as your roof may take a beating during the winter, you should inspect your siding to confirm it is still in good condition. If it is damaged or broken, you need to repair it quickly. The siding can often suffer from damage due to heavy winds, rain, and snow during the winter months, making it necessary to replace the materials if they've worn down. Not only does your siding keep your house looking good, but it also protects the house from damage, so don’t neglect this.
It's important to take good care of your home so you can enjoy it for many years. By performing a few updates before the spring season, you can get more use out of the space and ensure that you don’t have any massive problems that you could have prevented.
At J&M Home Management, we are happy to facilitate any and all of these projects for our clients. If you are interested in setting up a FREE walk though of your home to discuss our home watch services, please contact us at 727-368-6589.
Categories: Hurricane Preparedness