It isn’t officially Spring until March 21st but if you are in Charlotte and look outside today, you would think it has already arrived. That means doing some simple home maintenance tasks to keep your home energy efficient and beautiful.  Increasing temperature and humidity can wreak havoc on your home or condo. Charlotte Sights provides some tips to help you preserve your home’s value.

For Inside Your Home

1. Check Your Seals

There are several areas in your home that have caulking or sealant. In your bathroom you need to check your sink, shower, and bathtub. The kitchen has sealant around the countertops and cabinets. Doors and windows also have seals and weather stripping that must be maintained. Gaps in the seals can cause leaks and higher energy bills. Remove dried or cracked caulking and reapply.

2. Smoke Detectors

Experts recommend that you check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors twice a year. It is important to test these units and replace the batteries.

3. Replace Filters

Now is the time to check your air conditioning filter. A clean filter makes your unit more energy efficient.

4. Clean The Dryer

Excessive lint in your dryer lowers its drying capability which can cost you money and time. A blocked vent can also create a fire hazard. Check the lint trap in the dryer as well as the wall to make sure you have removed all dryer lint.

Outside Your Home

5. Check The Roof

Winter weather can damage your roof and a rainy spring can cause inconvenient leaks. Check the vent pipes to make sure they are completely sealed. Take a look at the roof shingles as well. They can pull loose during winter storms.

6. Clean The Gutters

It is important to remove leaves, branches, and other debris from your gutters. Clogged gutters can damage your roof. Taking an afternoon to clean your gutters can prevent a more costly roof repair.

7. Wash The Exterior

The winter has been rough on the exterior of your home. You may find mold, dirt, or other stains on your siding, deck, driveway, or sidewalk. Pressure washing the exterior areas of your house will give you an immediate improvement in appearance. this is a good time to wash your windows as well. They have become dull during the past few months. A fresh wash job will leave you with sparkling glass.

8. Rake And Fertilize

Get your yard ready for the spring by raking and removing leaves and other debris. Start working on that beautiful summer lawn by adding fertilizer and weed remover.
Taking time for these simple tasks now will make your spring more enjoyable. If you get your whole family involved you can complete the entire list in one weekend.  The conscientious homeowner knows that taking care of the small details now can help prevent large repairs later and better preserve your Charlotte home’s value.