Friday, May 23, 2014

Getting Your Home Ready for Summer this Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend commemorates those who have served and are serving in the armed forces but it also kicks off the summer season. If you are having a cookout, hosting a party, or just spending time with loved ones, these tips for prepping your home for summer can prove extremely useful. 
CLEAN WINDOWS. Get a clear view of what’s outside. Clean your windows, both inside and out. While you’re at it, check for any cracked or damaged window glazing and panes along with seeing how well your weatherstripping held up over the winter. Replace worn weatherstripping and you’ll keep the cool air in and the warm air out!
KEEP THE BUGS OUT. To ensure you are not spending your time inside swatting flies, be sure to install your window and door screens. This is a good time to check all of you screens for damage and repair them if needed. Also, while you have your screens out is a good time to wash them with a little soap and water and rinse with the garden hose.
CHECK YOUR SIDING. The winter weather is rough on the exterior siding, trim and roof of your home. Spring is a good time to inspect the wood components especially the siding for wood rot and damage. Pay special attention to areas where paint is missing or chipping away, and where caulking is missing or damaged. These are especially susceptible to rot. Generally it is better to catch rot and repair it when the damage is small, since it will only get worse each time it rains.
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