Spring is a great time of year. The snow is mostly gone, the weather warms up, and all over Philadelphia, people are more willing to step outside of their homes.
Of course, it’s also an opportunity to take a fresh look at those homes and dust off your home improvement chops. Whether you are looking to build an addition to your home or simply trying to maintain it, there is a lot of work for homeowners to do once spring rolls around.
After months of being buried under snow and ice, odds are good that your lawn could use a little bit of work after the snow melts. If you want to change things up in your yard, though, spring is also a good time to update the landscaping around your home. Spring gives you a blank slate to work with.
Whether you are looking to put in new flowers, add a hedge, or even install a water feature, spring is the time to do it. New greenery will have the opportunity to grow and develop its root system so that it can survive harsh weather once winter rolls around again. Meanwhile, if you’re installing new features and areas, it’s best to get them in while there’s very little to damage. Make sure to do your research to find out which plants will do best in Philadelphia’s climate.
Spring is here, which means that summer is just around the corner. Unfortunately, summer also brings sweltering heat. In order to beat that heat, many homeowners will have a pool installed. Since it usually takes several weeks to finish installing a pool, springtime is the time to get the project started.
When you’re deciding on a construction company to build your pool, be sure to do your research beforehand. A simple web search for “pool builders near me” should bring up a wide array of local builders to start with. Sometimes cost is the most important thing, but in many cases, quality is worth investing a little bit more. Don’t just look at prices, though. Pay attention to the company’s online reviews across several different sites before you decide on a contractor.
Unfortunately, some renovations are more about keeping the house from falling down around you than they are about a fun, new addition.Philadelphia winters are notoriously harsh, and it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the status of your roof before and after winter hits. Depending on the materials it’s made of, as well as the weather it’s endured, a roof can last anywhere from twenty years to more than fifty. Because of that, it’s important to be proactive and visually check your roof on a regular basis. If you don’t keep an eye on it you could end up needing a very premature roof replacement.
You should inspect your roof about twice a year—once in fall, before the cold weather hits, and once in spring, when it’s over. Keep an eye out for curling or buckling shingles, particularly in the areas that get the most direct sunlight. If shingles are missing, that’s an even stronger warning sign.
Pay special attention to the roof valleys, where roof segments come together, as well as the flashing around the chimney. Check for small pieces of shingle in the gutters, as well, as they can begin to lose granules as they reach the end of their lifespans. Speaking of lifespans, make sure you’re very careful when you’re up inspecting your roof. If you don’t have great balance or your roof’s pitch is really steep, you may want to hire a professional.
Spring is a time of change and opportunities to make things fresh and new. As you come out of the harsh winter, look around your home and pick a few projects that you can adopt to make it just a bit nicer. Whether it’s simple home maintenance or a big installation, simply take at it as an opportunity to improve your home
Greg Dastrup is a world traveler and professional writer with a passion for learning new languages. He’s spent most of his career consulting for businesses in North America.
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