Aulik Blog: Spring Upkeep

2013 Spring Upkeep tips and pointers

Where typically a blog regarding spring upkeep of your home would begin with something catchy like “spring is fast approaching”, this spring it seems as though we are best suited with something along the lines of “spring will eventually arrive”. 

Although 2013’s warmer months are indeed coming, the forecast for this weekend will likely have us cooped up indoors once again.  This is a great opportunity for us all to get off the couch, and give our homes a quick once-over so when the sun does start shining we can get out there and enjoy it.

In efforts to help you turn an otherwise dreary Sunday afternoon into a productive project day, we here at Aulik have just a few suggestions for your spring upkeep.

Let’s start indoors.  I’ll bet it’s been a while since you’ve changed your smoke alarm batteries.  Rather than waiting for the low battery alarm to wake you up in the middle of the night, take a quick count of your smokes and Carbon Monoxide detectors and double check the battery types.  This is a good time to make sure that you have smoke alarms in all the right places. 

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Before you head out to the hardware store, check your furnace filters.  Most manufacturers will recommend that you change your filters every three months.  We’ll remind you when it’s time to replace them again.

If it can be safely done, now is the time to check on your gutters and downspouts.  Double check that they’re not clogged, and make sure that the ice hasn’t caused any damage or peeled them away from the soffit.  If you had any ice-dams this winter, you should also make note of any shingle damage as a result.

Lastly, and I find this one to be the most cathartic, you can change your storm windows out for screens.  You should also grab a vacuum and clean off the screens and window frames, as well as give the windows, themselves, a good cleaning.   If the sun is shining, and the air is warm, not only will the windows look and feel fresh, but the home will get a much needed “breath of fresh air”.

All these services, and more, are available to our clients through an ongoing service program.

That does it for our first installment of a regular blog.  In our next couple posts; we'll break down the process of defining a potential project, and the process of beginning design and construction.