A few brief glimpses of warmer weather may have teased you into a lighter jacket or a short sleeve shirt, but warm weather will eventually be here for good. On one of the milder days now is the time to address some routine home maintenance. Then, when the sun is actually shining, your day can be filled doing something more entertaining!

1.  Give your Roof a Once Over - Ice, packed snow, wind, falling limbs and many more things can unsuspectingly damage your roof.  Depending on the pitch of your roof and height of your home, you may need to contact a professional roofer, but you or an expert should thoroughly examine your roof for any damage or wear.  A small repair now could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage caused by an otherwise preventable.  Because spring and summer storms can be brutal on roofs, be sure that your roof isn’t overly susceptible to any storm damage.

2. Check Your Gutters - Leaking or overflowing gutters can easily cause damage to your home from penetrating water.  So clear your gutters to properly direct water away from your home.

3. Tune Up Lawn Equipment - If you are a DIY lawn-care type, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, trimmers and other equipment all need to be serviced regularly.  Before the season starts, change filters, oil and make any necessary repairs.  If you are not, make sure to contract with a professional lawn/landscape contractor to keep your grounds manicured and groomed during the heavy growth season.

4. Service your AC Unit - Definitely call a professional HVAC contractor before the cooling season begins. An efficiently running system should save you money and also extend the life of your unit. Regularly-maintained systems last longer and break down less often while ensuring your ongoing comfort during hot summer days when no air conditioning can not only be uncomfortable, but also unhealthy.

5. Give Your Home a Thorough Spring Cleaning  - While it’s easy to avoid deep cleaning go for long periods of time devote some time to this task as the weather improves.   This affords you the opportunity to inspect all the parts of your home and take note of issues to address down the road and plan for those based upon priority and need.

So let this spring be a fresh start for both you and your home. These tips should ensure that your home is well prepared for the long-awaited warmer months. For additional information on maintaining your home to preserve or enhance its value, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property


Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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