Can you believe that winter is almost over? As temperatures begin to warm up, you might be wondering how you can prep your outdoor space for spring. Here are a few things you can do to get started—and they don’t take much time at all.
Check Your Air Conditioner
If it’s been a while since you’ve checked your HVAC system, it’s not too early for a tune-up. Before we reach the sweltering summer season, make sure your air conditioner can keep up—you don’t want to discover any problems on a hot day!
Even if you aren’t handy, it’s pretty easy to check your HVAC for a few common problems. Most issues stem from a clogged air filter, which can be solved by clearing out debris. Sometimes it’s best to replace the filter entirely, too. If you encounter any serious problems, consider calling a repairman instead of handling it yourself. You could end up doing more harm than good!
Prep for Bugs
If you’ve lived in Sarasota for any amount of time, you’re probably seen your fair share of bugs! Here, you’ll find a wide variety of insects, and they tend to be pretty active after their winter hibernation. Ants, mosquitos, earwigs, cockroaches, and palmetto bugs are just a few of the creatures you don’t want to see in your home.
Before you have an infestation, stop insects in their tracks by sealing any gaps or holes. You may also want to spray pesticides around the perimeter of your home to kill any unwanted intruders. Don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your exterminator, too.
Prevent Water Damage
Spring and summer can bring some pretty hefty rainstorms, so it’s crucial to catch any water damage or potential leaks before they cause trouble. As winter comes to a close, be sure to check your home for any leaks or cracks. Common weak points include your roof, basement, or skylights.
Now is also a great time to inspect your gutters and give them a good cleaning. If water can’t flow through them, your home might suffer some water damage during an intense storm. It’s not a bad idea to recaulk all doors and windows as well.
Fill Your Pool
The best part about spring in Sarasota? Relaxing in your private pool! It might be tempting to jump in right away, but there are a few things you should do before you go for a dip. Believe it or not, there’s a lot more to pool maintenance than just filling it up with water.
First, take a look at your swimming pool pump and filter. Eliminate any debris and make sure it’s running smoothly before you turn it on. If you use a swimming pool cover, now is the time to take it off and hose it down for next year. After that’s all done, just fill up your pool, put in your skimmer baskets, and start enjoying the warm weather.
Getting Ready to Prep Your Outdoor Space?
If you’re looking for even more homeowner tips, the Kotaska Team is here to help! We have plenty of advice to get you on the right track…and we can also help you buy or sell your Sarasota home. Just reach out to us with any questions—we’re always on hand to lend our expertise.