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With the days lengthening and weather warming, spring is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects. Now that the threat of winter storms has passed, you can look for damage and make any needed repairs, as well as prep your home and garden for summer. We spoke with OUR experts to get helpful tips on what to watch for this season, from proper irrigation to mosquitoes and termites.


First up is Steve Thomas with National Property Inspections, he is my go-to home inspector. Here is his spring-ready list!

1. Clean gutters and downspouts. After the last frost has passed, it’s important to have your gutters and downspouts cleaned and repaired.  Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause the wood trim at the eaves to rot, and that c invite all kinds of critters into your attic space,  Having your gutters and downspouts cleaned early in the season can also help prevent damage from spring rains. Gutters and downspouts should be clean and running free, If your downspouts are installed properly, water is diverted away from the house so that no water collects around your foundation.

2. Reseal exterior woodwork. Wood decks, fences, railings, trellises, pergolas, and other outdoor structures will last longer and stay in better condition if they’re stained or resealed every year or two. Take this opportunity to make any needed repairs to woodwork as well.

3. Inspect the roof. Winter storms can take quite a toll on the roof. When spring arrives, start by making a simple visual inspection of your roof. It doesn’t require a ladder, and you certainly don’t have to get on a roof to look. Use binoculars or a camera or smartphone with a telephoto feature if you need to. Look for missing shingles, flashings that need sealant, vent collars that are deteriorated, or anything that simply doesn’t look right. If you notice anything that needs closer inspection or repair, call a roofer.

4. Paint exterior and caulk any open seams as needed.  If you’re planning to repaint your home’s exterior this year, spring is a good time to set it up. Want to paint but can’t decide on a color? Explore your town and snap pictures of house colors you like.  

5. Inspect driveways and paths. Freezing and thawing are rough on concrete, asphalt, and other hardscaping materials. Take a walk around your property to look for damage to walkways, paths, and driveways, and schedule repairs as needed. Asphalt can often be patched and concrete cracks can be sealed.

6. Check sprinkler and irrigation systems. Look for leaks and adjust spray patterns as needed.  Checking your sprinklers or irrigation systems in the spring can save water and help maintain your lawn through the upcoming hot weather.

7. Check doors and windows. Screens are designed to let the breeze flow in and keep bugs out, but they can only do their job if they’re free from holes and tears. Before setting up your screens for the warm months ahead, be sure to carefully check each one and repair any holes or tears, no matter how small. You can find screen repair kits at most hardware and home improvement 

8. Schedule air-conditioning service.  Home inspectors see a lot of air-conditioning systems that are not taken care of, just because it gets cool doesn’t mean it’s working efficiently. To get the longest life out of your cooling system and keep it running as efficiently as possible, check filters each month and hire a licensed professional to service the equipment before the start of summer.

    Next up is Josh Diggs from HD Exterminating, my preferred Termite & Moisture inspector. Here are Josh's tips to increase the longevity of your home.

    1. Check for signs of termites. Termites are active 24/7, 365 days a year. Common signs of a termite infestation include signs of shelter tubes attached to your foundations (particularly in your crawlspace and garage), and also dirt-filled cavities in your woodwork (particularly baseboards and hardwood floors). However, between February and June, the reproductive caste of the colony begins revealing themselves. These are commonly known as 'swarmers'. They look very similar to flying black ants, and they swarm by the hundreds to the thousands. Termite swarmers do not consume wood, and they have a lifespan of only hours. Be on the lookout for these winged insects. If there’s a bunch of winged insects flying out of a hole in the woodwork, that’s probably termites, and you may have an active infestation. Call a licensed professional exterminating company to identify, and evaluate any concerns regarding termites

     2. Prevent mosquitoes. In recent years, we’ve become more aware of the potential danger mosquitos can pose to our health. West Nile virus and Zika virus are just the latest diseases caused by these winged pests. The best way to prevent mosquitos around your home is simply by getting rid of any standing water. Walk around your property [and peek at your neighbors]. If you see anything or any area where water stands, fix it, tip it, get rid of it or maintain it regularly.

    3. Crawl space maintenance in VA. It is never a good idea to ignore your crawlspace. Due to this region's incredible humidity levels in the summer, wood decay (dry rot) and wood rot fungus can be a real issue for homes built on a crawlspace. There are so many variables involved when determining moisture situations in a crawlspace, and there is no one cookie-cutter type solution when it comes to preventing or correcting moisture situations. What works for one crawlspace may exasperate conditions in another. It's always best to have a licensed inspector from a reputable exterminating company to evaluate any possible moisture conditions occurring in your crawlspace. The best time for this inspection would be in the middle of summer.


    You can see why these two are my most trusted Partners in Business. Their  knowledge is vast, and their professionalism and work ethic are irreplaceable to me. You can reach Josh Diggs with HD Exterminating at or 804-384-7831, and Steve Thomas through his website.

    I think I'll get my boys to clean the gutters this weekend (Thanks Steve)! It's going to be a gorgeous and warm this weekend. What are you going to tackle this weekend to show your home some love?

    From my home to yours, 



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