Time for Spring Cleaning and Repairs!
When it comes to making home improvements and upgrades, there's no better season than spring. Not only does a good spring cleaning allow you to air out your home from top to bottom, but it also provides an opportunity to check for any winter house damage and start making plans for repairs before the summer months arrive. Amp One Heating and Cooling can be an excellent resource when it comes to maintaining your HVAC systems.DIY Versus Hiring Out
When making a determination about whether home improvement projects can be handled on your own, or if you need a professional hand, do an honest assessment about your capabilities. According to Consumers Credit Union, if you're a super handy person who is comfortable tackling large-scale projects, there are a number of things you can certainly do yourself and save money. However, if a task calls for specialized knowledge or equipment, or if a project has the potential to be dangerous - think electricity or plumbing - it can be well worth the investment to hire a professional to take care of matters.
Conduct a Home Assessment
Get a notebook and walk around your house, inside and out, and make notes about everything that needs a fix. Don’t forget your basement, attic, and roof. Search for winter roof damage, broken gutters, foundational cracks, or any evidence of termites or other pests. In the inside of your home, go room-to-room and make note of where you need a fresh coat of paint, upgraded fixtures, or minor repairs of scratches, dings, or dents. Make sure fixtures are tight, that towel racks are secure and not “wiggly,” and that you don’t have any wiring issues, lights that don’t work, or windows that are stuck. It’s also a good time to change filters and check batteries in smoke detectors.
Make a Fix-It List
In addition to ensuring there are no structural issues that need your attention, it's always a good idea to be proactive in addressing other potential repair areas. For example, do you have tree limbs that are starting to reach precariously over your roof? If so, it may be time for a trim. Cracks starting in your driveway? Sealing them now can prevent them from becoming worse down the road. Does your fence need a fresh coat of paint? If so, go through and fix any broken or loose areas in advance to ensure a total repair. If you have an outdoor playground, pool, or spa, give them the once-over to ensure safety and security measures are in place.
Check Home Systems
It's a good idea to clean your vents and make sure your HVAC systems are maintained. This will ensure your air conditioning unit is well prepared for summer while giving you time to make necessary repairs before the warmer months set in. Regularly servicing your HVAC units can greatly extend their life and help you save on energy costs. You may want to explore the benefits of mini splits - heating and cooling systems that allow you to control the temperatures in individual rooms or spaces. When it comes to potentially big-ticket items, always refer to your home warranty to see if a portion of costs might be covered rather than automatically footing the bill yourself.
Planning to Sell?
If you’re planning to sell your home at some point in the near future, any repairs, replacements, or updates you make should be done with an eye on resale value. Check out local homes for sale and see what seems to be popular with buyers. You may find that upgrading your landscaping, installing exterior lighting, or planting a garden are all things that will make your home more attractive, not only when you live there, but when you put it on the market for sale. Keep receipts and take before-and-after photos - your updates may add to your home’s appraised value.
Preventative home maintenance is always a wise idea. It keeps small problems from turning into large problems, shows pride of ownership, and will ensure your home retains its value. If you decide to hire professional help, check out service providers through your Better Business Bureau and get estimates in writing.