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April homeowner checklist

April homeowner checklist

Winter is exiting stage right, and it’s time to get on with the spring show! After this year’s harsh and long winter, follow these April homeowner tips to ensure your home is ready for the warmer spring and summer months.

First, check your home's air conditioning unit before you start using it more frequently. For less than $200, you can hire a professional to tune your system and make it run most efficiently. Additionally, make a note to check the filters yourself every month and replace them if necessary. New filters help lower energy costs and prevent damage to your equipment. If you’re serious about saving money on cooling and heating, invest in a programmable thermostat with a lock to prevent tampering.

Next, check your gutters for any debris that may have accumulated over the winter. To accomplish this, either set aside time during the weekend or hire a professional to do the job. Pricing can depend on the size of your house, so get an estimate first to secure a price you’re comfortable with.

Spring is also a great time to have your roof inspected and repaired if needed, as snow storms may cause leaks from damaged shingles or seals.

While spring cleaning the inside of your house is likely on your list, you should also consider pressure washing the outside of your home to get rid of dirt and other stains. You can hire professionals to do the job or save money by renting a pressure washer and making it a do-it-yourself project.

Last, these mild-weathered months are a great time to repair cracks or holes in your driveway or sidewalks. Concrete repair kits can be relatively cheap, but you may need help from a professional if you are working with asphalt.

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