Stop by and see us, in Booth 310, at the Bucks and Montgomery County Home Show, March 21-23 at the SMG SportsPlex at Warminster. Let HomeNet Solutions help you find the right contractor to get your home ready for the spring season, or for any home improvement project. We are your free, local contractor referral service in Philadelphia and the entire Delaware Valley.
Even though the weather outside may not feel like it, spring is almost here…officially. This change in seasons is also a good time to change some things around your house. Whether it’s small projects or large ones, we can match you up with the perfect contractor to get your home ready for spring. Here are a few of our favorite ideas:
1. The Great Outdoors
After being cooped up this winter, the fastest cure for cabin fever is to spend the next three seasons enjoying the outdoors, and the best way to do that is with friends on an amazing deck or patio. We have contractors who can build an outdoor entertaining area that will make you wish you never had to come back inside.
2. Divert Water
Gutters do their job best when clean. Have a professional check yours for foliage build-up, particularly if trees hover over the roof. The rainy season is a prime time to ensure all drainage areas remain unblocked by leaves and/or debris. Trapped moisture can leave a house susceptible to moss and mildew and cause major damage to your roof and walls. While you’re at it, make sure the downspout is clean and pointing away from foundation walls.
3. Retain the Roof
It’s easy to take for granted the one thing that shields you from the elements, but doing so could cost you unnecessary repair costs. Be diligent about roof maintenance. After the next rainy day, inspect your ceiling for wet spots, and ask a licensed professional to inspect your roof for wear and tear. If the shingles are curling, buckling or crackling, it may be time to replace the roof.
4. Check Your Paint Job
Look for chipped, cracked paint along the exterior of your home, and if necessary, call on a professional painter to fix it. The worst thing you can do is leave wood exposed, because that’s when it will begin to rot.
5. Cut Shrubs and Trees
Trim overgrown trees and hedges away from your home to discourage the growth of mildew and moisture. Branches should be at least 7 feet away from the exterior of your house to prolong the life of your siding and roof. Get rid of out-of-control vines, as they can help crack siding and allow moisture and pests entry into your home.
6. Cracks in the Pavement
Winter weather can be brutal on driveways and walkways, and with the winter we’ve had, there’s no doubt yours took a beating. Before heading into the heat of summer, now is the perfect time to get any cracks repaired and have your driveways and walkways sealed.
1. Out With the Old
While we usher in the new, it’s a good time to usher out the old. It only takes a second to see how cluttered we let our closets and garages get without ever realizing it, but it takes seemingly forever to get them back to how we want them. While you’re packing away the sweaters and firewood, think about closet and garage organizers to help keep this from happening again
2. Keep the Air Fresh
With warm, sticky days ahead, do yourself a favor and give your air conditioning unit a little TLC. Not only does it cool you down, but an efficient air conditioner removes moisture and humidity from your home, which in excess, can damage its foundation. So if you aren’t changing air filters monthly, start now. A unit free of dust and dirt runs more efficiently, saving you money on your energy bill. While you’re there, check hose connections for leaks. Make sure the drain pans are draining freely. If you suspect a problem, contact a certified technician.
3. Watch Windows and Doors
Investigate all doors and windows for leaks and drafts, particularly near the corners. Look for peeling and chipping paint, which can signal water intrusion. Seal any open areas between the frame and the wall to keep out water, which can deteriorate building materials. Neglecting these tasks can open up potential for environmental hazards like mold growth, experts say.
4. Control Pests
Keep garbage and debris under control around the exterior of your home. Do what you would do inside, and get rid of junk. Inside, check the house for entrances and gaps where mice and insects may be tempted to come through. Seal up cracks, even if you just did so in the winter.
5. Take a Peek at the Plumbing
Except for a coffee maker, anything dripping in your house is a bad sign. Check for leaking faucets or sweating pipes, clogged drains and faulty water drainage systems. On laundry day, look at the washing machine hoses for bulges, cracks or dampness. Check under the kitchen sink for leaks, and make note of wetness around the dishwasher. Inspect your water heater for leaks and corrosion. If you suspect a problem, contact a certified technician
6. Tackle the Tiles
While you’re in spring-cleaning mode, pay attention to worn grout between floor tiles in the bathroom or kitchen. A small crack in the grout or caulk can lead to an expensive repair later. If necessary, re-seal as soon as possible. For the bath, get into the habit of wiping down shower walls and tub after each use to eliminate soap and scum build-up.
These are just a few of ways you can get your home ready for the spring. Check out our full list of home improvement professionals to get your own ideas, inspiration and assistance in completing any project big or small.
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Home Show Hours
Friday, March, 21; 11:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday, February 22; 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday, February 23; 10:00am – 6:00pm