Put Your Tax Refund to Work
Home Improvement Tasks that Actually Save You Money
Spring is almost here, and that means your tax refund is too! You might want to consider putting that money to good use and inspecting your home for any needed spring maintenance fixes. Exterior home furnishings like your gutters, roof, and windows are your first line of defense against spring rains and impending summer heat!
Gutters and Downspouts
It’s critical to check your gutters twice a year if you want to lengthen the life of your roof. Be sure to clear leaves and any other debris from the gutters and downspouts to avoid blockage and leaks. If you find a lot of leaves in your gutters, you may want to consider adding leaf guards to prevent this in the future. Make sure that all downspouts drain away from the foundation. Now is also the time to check if your gutters are correctly attached to the home. If you notice major damage, you should contact a professional for an inspection.
Check for missing and curled shingles, any roof penetrations, and all flashing around the home. Remember that flashing around skylights, chimneys, and plumbing vents need to be checked for damage and debris. Use a ladder or binoculars to survey your roof. If comfortable with heights, simple roof repairs like missing shingles can be fixed yourself at a relatively cheap price. You can learn how to make these repairs by watching this video on our website! If you notice severe damage like cracking, warping, or missing shingles, ask a pro. It may be time for a new roof. Remember, if you’re up on your roof, always have a spotter for your ladder, and wear a harness!
Inspect the caulking and any weather stripping you have around your home’s windows. Cracks in windows can let in water, warm air, and bugs during the spring and summer seasons. Clean your windows with a mild homemade or store-bought cleaner. To avoid cracking caulk and scratching glass, remember that you should never pressure wash your windows (and screens). Always wash and air-dry any screens before putting them back on. If you don’t have the time or want a professional cleaning, put your tax refund towards hiring a window cleaning company for your home.
Deck and Patios
Reduce the chances of mold and mildew on your deck and patio spaces by cleaning and sealing the boards annually. Doing this will save you time and money in the long run. First, clear any debris that has gathered between the boards and check for splintered, loose, and damaged boards. You can either seal the deck yourself or hire a deck professional!
Don’t overlook easy spring maintenance fixes when deciding where to spend your tax refund. Investing money now will save you more in the future, and your home will thank you for it! We understand that many of these things are hard to recognize and are often costly. At KangaRoof, we offer a six-month ‘same-as-cash’ financing program. You can complete the necessary repairs to your home, and we work on the finances together! We promise to always be fair and responsible. Contact KangaRoof, we’ll hop on your home inspection!