Prepare Your Home in Spring and Enjoy Summer

With summer right around the corner I can’t help getting excited, because it’s my favorite time of year, the warm weather, birds chirping, seeing green again, and barbecuing with friends and family. But before summer fever sweeps us away let’s take a look at some of the things we should do in and around our homes. My wife calls it the “Should do list”.

The great news is that if you can’t perform some of these projects you can always hire a qualified professional on ServiceLive. Let us help make this your best summer ever!

Should do list

Roofing: Winter is not kind to roofs. The cold weather and ice can cause severe damage. The spring is the perfect time to have your roof inspected for shingles that may be missing or broken. By fixing problems now you will avoid a more costly fix later.

Siding: Siding takes a beating over the winter. It’s a good idea to have a qualified service contractor inspect for peeling paint, exposed bare wood, rotting wood and mold. You may want to consider having your siding power washed, loose paint scraped; sanded and painted.

Sprinkler System: Spring is the time to get your sprinkler system ready. A service contractor will check for broken pipes, clean the sprinkler heads, and replace the timer’s batteries.

Clean the gutters: During the year, gutters can collect a wide range of debris, including dirt, leaves, twigs and even bee’s nests. It’s best to get at them as early as possible to clear away obstructions that will impede the flow of water. Also be sure to check the down spouts to make sure they are securely connected and pointed away from the house so that no water contacts your homes foundation.

Exterior caulking: Inspect caulking and replace if deteriorating. Scrape out all the eroding caulk and re-caulk the needed area.

Decks and porches: Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs and railings for loose members and deterioration. Open decks and wood fences need to be treated every four to six years, depending on how much exposure they get to sun and rain. If the stain doesn’t look like it should, or water has turned some of the wood a dark gray, hire a professional to treat your deck and fence.

Article submitted by Paul Hendrixson – Account Manager at

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  1. We schedule an inspection of our exterior wood siding in the early spring to see if the paint is peeling. Depending on the winter and the sun exposure some exterior paints wear faster than others in more favorable conditions. If paint is needed (as is the case this year) we hire a professional to have the work completed prior to summer and the increasing temperatures.