5 Tips for Spring Home Repairs

Hasn’t it been a tough winter! The whole nation has taken an icy beating, experiencing ice and the prediction of snow from Florida in the south to traditionally hard-hit states in the north such as New York and Massachusetts.Virginia – particularly the northern sector – didn’t escape the bite of the cold and wind this autumn, and now that spring seems to be finally on its way, many homeowners are facing the prospect of much needed home repairs and general maintenance jobs to ensure their properties not only look good, but will stand the test of time throughout the summer and into whatever the next winter throws at them.Gutters and Downspouts
Clogged or damaged gutters are a common sight after a harsh winter. However with the spring rains due any moment a gutter system not working correctly can spell disaster for the homeowner. Water damage is very expensive to repair so ensure your gutters and downpipes are no only free from debris, but are well maintained and functioning well. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, or if you don’t have the skills to effect repairs, call a local handyman who will be able to help you out.Repair Cracks in Concrete
Concrete patios, driveways or walkways that have become cracked will let water through that can lead to movement and settling. Don’t wait until it’s too late; get cracks in flat concrete areas fixed now before they become uneven. Also, if water gets into cracks and freezes next winter, it will widen and worsen the cracking.Look After Your Woodwork
Wood, particularly on older houses, is susceptible to water damage over time. As with most home repairs, tackling them now will not only be easier, but far cheaper than waiting until they have become more urgent. Small areas of damage to wooden components (window sills, fences, etc.) can often be done with epoxy wood patching compounds that is even harder and more durable than the wood itself once dry. If the damaged woodwork is structural then it’s imperative it is fixed immediately, and a quick look through the Yellow Book uncover many local carpentry and handyman services who can take care of this for you.Inspect the Roof
A damaged or leaky roof can spell disaster for the homeowner. A professional handyman not only knows the tell-tale signs that a roof needs repairs, but he or she has the head for heights and the necessary skills to get up a latter and ensure that repairs are quick and effective.General Touch-Up
Although generally considered cosmetic, a general touch-up to the outside of a house will not only keep it looking good, but will hold its value and help ward off future damages from the elements. A pressure wash to remove algae and mold, a lick of paint here and there to protect masonry and woodwork, new or repaired screens to let the spring air in but keep the wildlife out… There are plenty of small things to be done that will help you and your family to get the most from your home.

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