With spring around the corner, it’s time to get outside and inside too, and make sure every corner of your home is in tip-top shape, and address any problems now before they get any worse. 0800 HANDYMAN, one of the largest professional handyman services in London provides its checklist of tasks to tackle in the coming days and weeks:
It’s good to do a walk-around of your property. Winter is tough on roofs and chimneys and it can also take its toll on windows, walls, foundations, gutters and decks.
Roof. You don’t need to climb up there yourself but with a pair of binoculars you can probably spot trouble and any loose or missing roof tiles. This will need to be addressed to keep your roof at peak performance.
Foundations. When inspecting the exterior of your home, be sure to examine the foundation from top to bottom for any masonry cracks.
Windows. Leakage around windows will admit warm summer air and let cooled indoor air escape, so be sure to check that any caulking and weather stripping you have in place has remained intact. If you have experienced condensation inside the glass on double glazed windows during the winter months, the weather seal has been compromised, and either the glass or the window will need to be replaced. It’s also worth spring cleaning your windows—inside and out.
General Cleaning. Spring is a good time to clean areas of the house that often go neglected. Dust or hoover chair rails, window casings, tops of wall-mounted cabinets. Dry clean curtains and use a damp cloth to clean wood and vinyl blinds. Vacuum upholstered furniture and mattresses and consider renting a carpet cleaner – anything you can do to remove settled dust, mites, and allergens will make for a cleaner, and healthier, home.
Basements. The basement is prone to dampness, insects and rodents and must therefore be part of any thorough seasonal maintenance effort. Dampness suggests higher than normal relative humidity, inadequate ventilation and the need for a dehumidifier.
Leaks. Spring is a good time to check for leaky taps, clogged drains and sweaty pipes. Check under the kitchen and bathroom sink to make sure connections on pipes and hoses are properly sealed, and look for any wetness around the dishwasher that could signal an existing or potential problem. The same is true of a utility room; check washer machine hoses for cracks, bulges or dampness. The same is true for hot water heaters, which may show sign of corrosion and leaks.