As temperatures continue to see rises and the sun makes more frequent appearances, many consumers’ thoughts may be turning toward spring. This time of year is typically a busy one, as homeowners whoÂ put offÂ projects during winter start to regain their motivation and begin making plans for completing the necessary tasks.
As there are a number of jobs to be done both inside and outside the house, it is generally a good idea for first time home buyers to make a plan-of-attack for spring cleaning and home improvements. If major work needs to be done, materials can be purchased and contractors hired using funds obtained through residential financing like an FHA loan.
- Check the status of your air conditioning system. If the unit sustained any damage during the winter season you can have it repaired or replaced before summer arrives.
- Replace filters. Because homeowners tend to keep their windows closed and house heated during the colder months, dust and debris can accumulate in air filters and furnace filters. If they are reusable, give them a thorough clean. If not, buy replacements.
- Examine the caulking around entry points. During spring, the spaces around doors and windows can see a rise in mold as colliding warm and cold air produce moisture. Reapplying caulk to any areas that may be in need can improve the look of the window, as well as the health your house – and you.
- Inspect the roof to see if repairs are needed. With the coming of spring, storms usually increase in frequency, so it is important to ensure your roof can handle the weather. Areas which include flashing should be securely sealed and shingles should be intact. If work is needed, it’s a good idea to leave it to qualified professionals.
- Repair cracks in your walkway, driveway. When water seeps into concrete, then freezes due to low temperatures, large cracks or potholes can quickly form. Spring is a great time to seal your driveway and fill in openings which could cause harm to pedestrians or your car.
- Trim trees, shrubs. Trees that are coming into contact with your home can cause damage to the roof or siding, and shrubs that block sunlight and visibility can be hazard to homeowners.
Freedom Mortgage knows that owning a home is a huge undertaking and you may find yourself getting a little overwhelmed once in a while. Staying current on mortgage loan rates and tips for improving your home value is the best defense against an ever-changing housing market.
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