March is often looked at as the month where many parts of the country finally begin the transition into spring. Some will experience nicer weather sooner than others, but by the end of the month, temperatures will be bearable and rain plentiful.
Homes in the Midwest might beg to differ, as March is notorious for having nice weather one day, but then dumping one foot of snow a few days later. Even so, if you're a homeowner, you can use March as the perfect opportunity to liven up your home for the spring.
The bitter cold and long nights of winter can take a toll on individuals. And depending on your location, spring maintenance could be a necessity if parts of your home were constantly buried under snow.
As soon as the weather allows for it, take a walk around the outside of your house and inspect certain areas for damage. Do the same on the inside and once you've assessed what needs to refreshed, it's time to get to work.
A few areas in particular are worthy of close inspection.
Have an inspector come out
If you plan to use the spring season as a time to sell your home, you're not alone. But this also means you have to ensure your property is in top shape, especially if you want to get close to your original asking price.
Before you put your house on the market, have a certified home inspection service come out examine the property. If the report turns up that isn't right and needs to be addressed, it's in your best interest to take that advice.
While you may have to spend money, the sales process will go by much more smoothly, particularly if and when an interested buyer asks to see inspection paperwork. If you don't have internal issues sorted out before a sale, Zillow stated you may be on the hook for fixing the issues, which can potentially be more expensive than if you had acted earlier.
What to look for outside
After a long winter, your backyard and front yard is likely not the most pleasant to look at. But if this isn't your first winter, you know the drill and what it takes to get your lawn looking green in no time.
However, you can't ignore other areas outside. Leaky gutters are an issue that can cause thousands of dollars in damage if left unnoticed, HGTV stated. The runoff can potentially find its way into a basement or crawl space and if you don't know about it, mold can start to form.
Next up is the roof. You don't have to grab the tallest ladder to inspect the top of your home. Instead, glance up and see if any roof shingles are missing or badly damaged as a result of the winter. You'll have an easier time spotting damage if the sun is shining.
If you do discover missing shingles, it's best to set aside an appropriate budget for a replacement. The money for a project will be easier to come by if you have an emergency savings account dedicated to similar matters.
Now it's time to move to the chimney. A thorough chimney sweep will reveal any damage that may call for your attention, and don't forget about cleaning the flue.
Take a walk around the yard and see if you notice any unusual dips in the lawn. These low areas should be taken care of immediately because if they linger around, you'll have some nasty side effects. As everyone knows all too well, spring rains can cause serious water problems, and those low areas in the lawn can cause yard flooding, which may then lead to foundation damage. And if these low areas are still around come summertime, water pools will become a breeding ground for insects.
Inspect the AC and heating systems
Before the weather gets too hot, have a home inspection service come out to inspect the air conditioning unit. You don't want to risk having the unit not work just before the weather seriously starts to heat up.
With spring quickly approaching, be ready to prepare your home for the weather and future buyers.