Spring Project: Get Your House Ready For Summer

The sun is shining, seeds are sprouting, and cats are wondering what cute pose might earn them a spot on The Consumerist; summer is on the way, which means it’s time to get outside and inspect your house. Winter can exact a punishing toll on any home, necessitating repairs that are best done in the warm weather. Yahoo Finance offers five spring tips to help protect your most valuable investment:

  • Clean your gutters and inspect for damage caused by ice damming.

  • Inspect the roof.
  • Inspect siding, paint, and caulking around openings, and cracks in brick and mortar.
  • Make sure all windows and doors open and close smoothly.
  • Change your furnace filters.
  • A little house work in the spring means more time for photographing cats in the summer. — CAREY GREENBERG-BERGER

    Spring Maintenance for a Worry-Free Summer [Yahoo via FreeMoneyFinance]
    (Photo: qousqous)

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    1. ngwoo says:

      Don’t forget to pump all the water out of your basement. Shame on Consumerist, leaving that out.

      And what’s up with that picture? Why does the house have many roofs?

    2. FLConsumer says:

      Add “Make sure your air conditioner is in good working order” to that list. Just got in at 3am this morning to find the inside of my home at 83F / 60% relative humidity… AC’s farked.

    3. thwarted says:

      What is up with that house in the photo?

    4. Trai_Dep says:

      What’s this “ice” stuff that they’re talking about? Around here, getting ready for summer requires changing from martinis to margueritas, long-sleeved shirts to short, and driving with the top down. Whoops, beautiful day already – too late!

      (shiver in Pleistocene-era cold, you land-locked, icicle-worshipping suckers!)

    5. unwritten07 says:

      Would someone explain the gutter cleaning thing to my landlord?

    6. unclelooey says:

      woa, The homeowning editor of a contractor magazine is too inept to check his gutters and downspouts for blockage when it’s raining on his head? And only 13′ above the ground!
      Uncle Looey