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Home Improvement  /  December 12, 2019

Sprucing Up Your Home for 2020: A Monthly Guide

As a homeowner, you have the never-ending task of maintaining your property. Unfortunately, some homeowners don’t know where to start, leading to maintenance-related issues down the line. Have the same problem? Don’t fret! Here’s a handy monthly guide to help you get started.


January heralds the start of the new year so make sure to begin the year right by performing a few safety checks around your home to keep your household members safe. Make sure to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace their batteries if needed.


February is still a cold month, and, as such, you can keep your maintenance checks indoors for now. Inspect your home for water leaks, and make sure to have professionals remedy the issue immediately if necessary.


For the month of March, you can ensure that your windows and doors have the proper seals around them. Have weatherstripping added, if necessary, as well. That way, heat and air won’t be able to escape your home.


With April comes spring, meaning you can now perform some spring cleaning around your home. Once you’ve decluttered your home, make sure to clean the exterior as spring is the perfect time of the year to power wash and deep clean your home’s exterior to make it look as good as new.


On the other hand, May is the perfect time to have your air conditioner serviced before the summer months arrive. Contact an HVAC professional to service your unit, and make sure it can adequately cool your home, allowing you to avoid repair costs and a higher cooling bill.


June heralds the start of summer, making outdoor parties more likely at this time. With that in mind, ready your deck by pressure washing and resealing it to avoid water damage. Have a professional perform the necessary repairs as well to ensure the safety of your guests.


Unfortunately, summer means increased insect activity so make sure to keep an eye out for pests like termites and ants as they can be a threat to your home’s structural integrity. Experts recommend that you consider a pest control plan, and conduct regular inspections on your roof and siding to keep them at bay.


The roof is subject to wear and tear during August so make sure to have it inspected for any form of damage. If your roofers detect major or minor damage, have them conduct the necessary repairs immediately before they lead to bigger issues like mold.


Meanwhile, if your home has a fireplace, consider getting it ready for the fall season. During September, schedule a professional to inspect your fireplace and clean your chimney to ensure it’s still in proper condition.


During October, have your siding inspected and repaired if needed to enhance your curb appeal. Apart from that, look for signs of foundation damage as well to ensure your home is still structurally sound.


During November, debris is more likely to fall on your gutters and lawn. With that in mind, make sure to have your gutters cleaned and your yard raked to prevent insects from nesting in your home and your roof from being damaged.


Now that December has arrived, take precautions against the cold weather by removing the screens from your windows so snow doesn’t get trapped and cause moisture damage. Apart from that, prepare your pipes as well so they don’t freeze and disrupt water flow into your home.

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