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When you become a homeowner, you take on many responsibilities and start wearing a lot of hats. You learn or teach yourself how to make minor repairs and cosmetic updates to keep your home in top shape, and your to-do list can seem endless, changing from season to season.

It takes a lot to keep up a home, and repairs can be costly. Although homeowners insurance protects your investment, it’s not always in your best interest to file a claim. Do what you can and prep your home for every season’s weather with these tips below.

Spring into Sustaining Your Home

No matter where you live, spring is a time known for cleaning the house. Decluttering and deep cleaning your homes is as good a time as any to identify issues or future issues and get rid of them before they get out of hand.

The moderate weather will keep you comfortable as you tackle any outside projects, which should include a home and yard inspection, gutter cleaning, painting, and tree trimming. This cost is nothing compared to the money it’ll take to repair a damaged roof or wall, though.

Storms with high winds and lightning can break tree limbs, especially if the tree itself is dead or dying. Note the condition of any vegetation around your home during the yard inspection. During the inspection, check out your sprinkler system and purchase the necessary supplies to protect exposed pipes outside the home or in the basement and crawl spaces.

Another important outdoor task is cleaning your home’s gutters. While it’s not the most exciting job, cleaning gutters will keep your home protected from roof damage, flooding, and extensive water damage, according to Gutter Helmet. Pay attention to your gutters and make sure you clean them at least twice a year or as needed to avoid problems with your home and the gutters themselves. While up there, complete another task: a roof inspection.

Protect Yourself with a Proper Roof

The barrier between you and the outside world and weather is the roof, and it sure can take a beating. To make sure all is well, periodically inspect the roof for any damage from the sun, cold, wind and storms, and make any necessary repairs before the damage spreads down below.

After a lot of wind, precipitation, and temperature changes, your roof could be missing shingles or have ripped, torn, or damaged shingles or tiles that leave your entire roof system vulnerable to all types of weather. A few hundred dollars invested toward repairing your roof could save you from spending thousands on an entirely new roof or other related issues. Not only that, but a damaged roof may cause buyers to lower their bids if you ever intend to sell your home.

A weak roof system cannot protect you from all weather. Even light rain can lead to leaks and interior damage, including mold. Get repairs done immediately upon discovery of a leak or other issue, no matter the time of year.

Move Your Maintenance Indoors

Once your home’s exterior is taken care of, shift your attention to indoor tasks that you can deal with just in time for fall. Again, inspect the home as you go along, and call in a professional for anything that’s out of your capabilities. Start with this list and add items as needed for the future:

  • Test your heater or air conditioner before winter and summer.
  • Replace damaged weather stripping along doorways and windows.
  • Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home.
  • Reseal the grout and caulking in bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Clean the chimney as needed.
  • Switch out filters throughout the home for a fresher environment.
  • Inspect and repair windows as needed, including screens and caulking.
  • Refinish flooring throughout the home.

All of these tasks will prevent premature deterioration of your home inside, outside or both. Resealing and refinishing all surfaces will add an extra layer of protection between them and the elements. Give your home an advantage and your wallet a break when it comes to inclement weather and resulting issues by meticulously preparing for it.

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