Protect your home this spring

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The transition from winter to spring is a nice time for nature lovers who enjoy seeing the flowers, plants and animals come to life. However, it can be a tough transition for homes that may have suffered damage from the cold winter.

Owners should complete a few small cost-effective tasks to protect their real estate investment and ensure it is being properly maintained.

Minor repairs and maintenance

Winter can be hard on a home's exterior, so it's important to conduct a thorough audit to check for necessary repairs. For example, gutters that are clogged with leaves, twigs and other debris typically hold in water from rainy or snowy winters that can leak into the home and cause significant damage. In addition, homeowners should check their roof to ensure it is still in good shape. Dead tree limbs should also be removed to prevent accidents on the property.

Spring is also the time of year that bugs and critters begin to emerge, so homeowners should inspect their doors and replace the screens if necessary, according to MSN Real Estate. Owners with fences should also examine them to make sure they're in good shape. Animals frequently burrow under fences, so individuals should check for holes. These areas can easily be filled with stones or dirt to keep the fence upright.

Inspect the interior

Homeowners should also explore the interior of the home during the spring season, especially areas that may have been prone to water damage during the winter months. One of the areas owners check for water issues are basements, which are often the first to show signs of mold or damaged walls. In addition, adults should install a chimney cap when they plan to discontinue use of their fireplaces. Caps help keep birds, squirrels and other animals from gaining access to a home when the weather warms up. Keep in mind that some chimneys come with caps while others don't, and that some caps are not appropriate for every chimney. Contacting a professional can help homeowners cap their chimneys correctly without causing damage.

Lastly, adults should consider having gas-burning furnaces and stoves inspected to clean out dirt and grime that may have built up during winter.