Home Improvement Tasks To Begin Once Spring Has Sprung

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After a seemingly never-ending winter, it can be a great relief to see and feel the first signs of spring. However, with that joy and relief comes the desire and the need to begin several different home maintenance and improvement tasks that could not be started until the weather warmed up and conditions improved. Now that those weather conditions are no longer stopping you, you may find yourself unsure of what to do to get started on your home improvements. Get to know some of those home improvement tasks that you should begin as soon as possible once spring has sprung so your warm season starts off right.

Dead Landscaping and Tree Removal

Once spring arrives, your trees and other landscaping vegetation will start to green up and bloom. However, if you have some trees and other plant life in your yard that do not show any signs of life, you will want to remove them as soon as possible.

The first step to take is to carefully inspect those plants and trees. Some trees especially are simply slow bloomers and may take some time to leaf out. But even slow-blooming trees will show signs of life in the spring. This can be as simple as small buds on branches or a slight change of color to the branches themselves. And if all else fails, you can scratch away a piece of your tree's bark. If the wood underneath has a greenish tint, then the tree is still alive, but a lack of that green color indicates the tree is dead or in the process of dying.

Removing dead trees and other landscaping plants will help the rest of your plant life to thrive and grow. Sometimes, these plants will have died of plant diseases which could be transmitted to other healthy plants. Dead plants also take up space and can block your healthy plants from growing into those spaces occupied by the dead plants. For large trees, contact a tree removal service to help you get rid of those dead trees, but you can remove smaller trees and plants with relative ease.

Determine If Your Exterior Surfaces Need Improvements

After you have taken care of any major landscaping issues this spring, the next step toward getting your home improvements done this spring will be to inspect the exterior of your home for any signs of trouble or damages after the cold temperatures and harsh storms of winter. First, simply walk around the perimeter of your home. Look at the siding, the foundation, the windows, and any other surfaces that you can see. If you notice any cracks, warping, gaps, or other issues with any of these exterior elements of your home, take note of them.

Next, you will want to get up on your roof and take a look at both your gutters and your roof itself. Again, look for gaps, cracks, warping, or missing pieces to your roof and gutters and take note of any and all issues. Once you have your list of issues (if any), begin your repairs on these surfaces of your home. Start with your roof if possible because spring warmth often also means spring rains and you want to repair your roof before the rains come and cause a leak.

With these tips in mind, you can begin your spring season right and get your home in top shape in no time.  

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