PREP YOUR LIST FOR SPRING IMPROVEMENTS!

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Whatever household features you need to update, fix, or replace this season, we can assist you in doing the task quickly and affordably!

Winters have become more unpredictable and extreme, and the wear and tear on your home can make spring cleaning a challenge. Now is the time to plan your cleaning jobs, outside upkeep, and routine HVAC checkups so you aren't caught off guard when spring transitions to hot summer.

However, with so much to accomplish, it can be tough to determine which chores are critical and which can wait. Most homeowners would agree that they lack the time (and manpower) to execute all of the necessary tasks.

So what to do with an endless to-do list?

We've prioritized important tasks so you can plan your spring home renovation goals.

So, start reading, and then get to work on giving your house the attention it deserves.

CLEANING

Don't consider your spring cleaning finished until you've addressed hardworking surfaces and fixtures both inside and out. Deep cleaning the often-overlooked—but vital—elements of your home, such as window sashes, exterior siding, and bathroom fixtures, not only preserves, but also extends their life.

Wash windows:

A comprehensive cleaning of windows entails more than just polishing the panes. Inspect your windowsills, jambs, and sashes for rot and mold once a year, and replace the windows or casings as needed. If your windows have seen better days, consider replacing them, which can significantly improve curb appeal. In addition, new window insulation technology allows for more comfortable indoor temperatures by keeping warm air outside in the summer and inside throughout the winter. Also, keep in mind that even newer windows must be maintained, which requires careful attention to detail. Consider selecting no- or low-maintenance windows to save time and effort. Vinyl windows that are resistant to moisture are a wonderful choice. Because the frame is made of vinyl rather than wood, no paint is required, and the frame is not prone to rot. Furthermore, tilt-in sashes make cleaning the external panes a pleasure.

Hose down exterior siding

A clean house starts with clean siding. You can begin by hosing down your home's exterior, regardless of whether it has wood, brick, or vinyl siding. To remove harmful mold, mildew, and discoloration, you may need to use an efficient cleaning and a little elbow grease. To remove spots and stains off wood siding, use mild soap and water, then scrub with a light brush. To remove mold or mildew off your home's brick siding, use a bleach-water mixture. And, if you want the least amount of upkeep, try vinyl siding. Most of the time, cleaning vinyl entails nothing more than rinsing it with a garden hose. Regardless of the type of siding you have, a thorough cleaning should be at the top of your spring cleaning to-do list. Shiny siding improves curb appeal and makes your admiring neighbors happy.

– Give faucets and sinks a facelift: Several sink and faucet design trends have evolved in recent years, including deep basin sinks and faucets with detachable sprayers. Mold and mildew-lined faucets and sinks, on the other hand, have never been popular. If your kitchen or bathroom sinks are dirty, clean them with a non-abrasive solution such as vinegar, lemons, or a gentle detergent. While a thorough cleaning can resolve many sink concerns, some, such as broken enamel or obstinate rust stains, may necessitate a complete replacement.

HOME EXTERIOR CARE

If winter punished your home with snowstorms, severe freezes, and downed trees last season, it may now have a damaged roof, gutters, doors, and walkways to show for it. Inspect external features for damage or deformity and replace or refresh them so they can continue to accomplish their job of safeguarding your home from wind, rain, and other hazards.

Check the roof and gutters

To prevent water and vermin from entering your home, you need either repair or replace the damaged areas. Similarly, replace cracked or sagging gutters to direct water away from the foundation, where it might cause flooded basements or worse. Contact JA Contractors to get started on your roof or gutter repair. Our dependable team of experts can acquire high-quality products and installation while staying inside your budget.

– Update the front door, or more: A weathered entry door with no other evidence of wear, such as cracks, dents, or a sagging frame, may only require a fresh coat of paint. In reality, painting a tired exterior can be a terrific remedy. Painting the exterior of your home gives it a completely new look, and it's a terrific alternative for those on a low budget. If your entire house may benefit from a fresh coat of paint, start by selecting a color and prepping the external surfaces. To help your new paint job last longer, hose off dirt, remove flaking paint, and caulk cracks and gaps before you begin. If you decide to hire a professional, please contact us at JA Contractors. Our multi-step painting prep process is designed to produce a clean canvas for a new color that you will love for years.

Replace chipped walkways or patios

Concrete walks and patios are particularly vulnerable to the effects of winter weather. Temperature fluctuations—repeated freezing and thawing—can cause these hard surfaces to crack and chip. The spring season is ideal for repairing this damage. First, go to your local home improvement store and get a concrete repair mix. After gathering the appropriate tools and materials, chip away loose pieces of concrete with a chisel and hammer, then clean the area before applying the repair compound with a putty knife. Choose a rain-free weekend for the fix to give the patch time to set.

HVAC

Heat waves will arrive before you know it, and it will be too late to do preventive maintenance on your HVAC system. Now is the time to inspect your HVAC units and get them ready for the hot summer. Examine your air conditioner, attic fan, and ductwork for indications of wear and tear, and replace them if necessary, to ensure that fresh, cold air travels throughout your home no matter how hot it gets outside.

Inspect the air conditioner

Turn on your air conditioner to ensure that it is still supplying clean, cool air to your home. If yours is no longer cutting it—if you have to put up with poor indoor air quality, excessive noise, or inconsistent cooling—time it's to think about fixing or replacing it. Consider the age of the item before deciding on a repair; restoring an older model may not be worth it. An air conditioner that is more than a decade old may already be on borrowed time. If you're not sure whether you should repair or replace, schedule a free in-home consultation with the specialists at JA Contractors. Our project coordinators may be able to assist you in assessing the issue and deciding on a plan of action that will provide you with peace of mind and a cool, comfortable home.

Test the attic fan

An attic fan keeps your home cool while lowering your energy expenditures. The disadvantage of a whole-house fan is that the fan motor frequently burns out. Turn on your attic fan motor to test it. Replace it if it won't start—most new motors cost between $50 and $100 and are simple to install. However, if you have an older model, consider replacing the entire fan rather than just the motor. Newer fans are more energy efficient, resulting in lower utility bills, so upgrading may actually be more cost-effective.

Check ductwork for efficiency

Ducts that transport air from the HVAC system to the interior regions of your home are notorious for collecting and disseminating irritants and allergies. These annoyances in the air can then find their way inside the home, resulting in poor indoor air quality. While you may simply clean your system's grilles and return registers to remove accumulated dust and grime, professionals like JA Contractors are better suited to undertake a thorough duct cleaning. They can restore acceptable air quality using truck-mounted suction equipment and other specialist instruments, allowing you to return to more enjoyable spring activities.

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With winter being so unpredictable, it’s more important than ever to start planning for spring. In some areas, it could start as early as February or as late as May, so it’s best to be planning for it even if all you see outside your windows is snow.



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