Most New Year’s resolutions have some kind of health angle — work out more, eat right and so on — so why not give your home the same kind of revamp? Resolve to keep your home healthier this year with this seasonal checklist.
Clean your gutters. Backed-up gutters can wreak havoc on siding and cause flooding. Scoop out leaves and debris with a trowel or hire professionals to do it
ü Check your roof. Wintry weather may have damaged the surface, and the first big rainstorm, left unchecked, could cause significant problems. Replace shingles as needed.
ü If your fireplace got a workout during the winter months, give it a clean sweep. Call in the experts to inspect and clean creosote buildup.
ü Walk around your house to check for unsealed spots where squirrels or mice could sneak in. Look carefully for termites or ants, too. Inside, check your attic and make sure egress points are sealed tightly.
ü Get ready for the warm season by giving any outdoor equipment (pools, swing sets, etc.) a thorough, top-to-bottom cleaning.
ü Ensure your furnace is in prime shape for the cold months ahead, and change all the air filters in your home.
ü Make sure your house is adequately sealed. Apply weather stripping (such as tape, felt, foam or vinyl tubing) around doors or windows.
ü Trim branches near your home or roof to prevent damage when wintry weather hits.
ü Drain and insulate outdoor pipes to prevent freezing.
ü Check for damaged sidewalk, driveway or stairs, and repair them before the first snow to avoid dangerous mishaps.