Let's be honest, March isn't the most fun month. For every beautiful glimpse of spring we see, we get two retreats back into the winter darkness. Everything melts on a Tuesday, Thursday brings down an 8 cm snowfall. But that doesn't mean you're excused from some basic home maintenance jobs that every responsible home owner should get on top of when March hits. The cool thing? These are all SO EASY, anybody can do these without searching youtube 'how to' videos.
1) Clean those gutters! Get those pine needles out of there, along with debris. . Overflowing gutters and blocked downspouts can damage siding and foundations. If you're feeling really conscientious, you can install a gutter guard, which keeps a ton of crap out of there.
2) Clean the A/C condenser. This one is even easier. Just go outside, find the big air conditioner box outside, and just spray it down with a hose. Don't use a brush, and definitely don't use a pressure washer as it can bend the blades.
3) Most landscaping experts will tell you to prune your rose bushes just before plants break dormancy after the final frost. Frankly this would be a late March job at best, knowing Sask weather - but play it by ear. If any buds are diseased, bag and toss them in the trash to avoid spreading fungus and infestations.
4) Clean the siding. Again, this one ranks about a 0.5/10 on the scale of difficulty. In fact, do it at the same time you clean your A/C. All you have to do is fix up a bucket of warm, soapy water and use a long-handled brush. Then rinse off with a hose. Piece of cake, and saves years for your siding.
5) Deck cleaning. Most of the problems with decks occur between deck boards. Get in there and get debris and dead leaves out of there to reduce the chance of rot. Many people use a flat-bladed screwdriver to effectively remove anything that could be problematic.
6) Caulk around windows and doors. This winter will beat up any window/door area that will let it, so once winter begins to come to a merciful close, check around your windows, doors, and corner trim to prevent water infiltration and avoid costly repairs.
7) Even concrete isn't immune to the scrutiny of winter. If any of your concrete or asphalt cracked over the course of the winter, it's never a bad idea to get it filled. Again, not difficult - put sealant in there to prevent further damage. Make sure it's made specifically for your driveway surface, and you're good.
8) Take a close look at your roofing to check for loose and missing shingles, worn and rusted flashing, and cracked boots around vent pipes. Be careful up there, and don't go up there after patio beers, but it's always a good idea to survey what effect the winter has had up there once it's safe to do so.
See? None of these are particularly difficult but will help you save thousands of dollars in repairs/help for resale value. Good luck!
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