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During a brief few hours the other day, I could have sworn it was spring. There was a real sense of warmth and I could feel the heat radiating on my face. I even caught a whiff of a floral scent from the favorite fruit bearing plum tree that I parked next to.
I was able to admire a few daffodils and the forsythia was a brilliant yellow too.
It got me thinking about living in a place that experiences all four seasons. Honestly, it seems like winters and summers dominate our part of the country, but growing up in the bay area, I had to develop an appreciation.
Naturally, I began catching up on some home improvement projects of my own including raking up the yard and replacing a faulty bathroom faucet that was beyond a washer repair.
Here are a few of the springtime projects that are worth looking at.
- Cleaning out gutters ( a necessary evil when trees are around)
- Verifying sprinkler system status (broken heads can do lots of damage)
- Changing out HVAC air filters. (A clogged system is wasteful)
- Opening up foundation vents ( let your crawl space breath)
- Repairing leaks and running toilets (Water adds up quickly)
- Hoses and supply lines (If you have to ask, the answer is yes)
- Inline water filters (not all places have them)
- Look at the roof (we now have a 2 roof maximum till tear off)
I get the feeling that, like me, many of us are getting up the nerve to make that call to a contractor to see about improving our living spaces.
Look at your kitchen. Look at your bathrooms. Do a physical inventory of your home and spaces. Look inside and out, on top and underneath. Keep a watchful eye.
Hint, (think like water)
Unlike a fine wine that gets better with age, our homes, toys, and systems deteriorate with the passing of each season.
Plan, prioritize, and budget for the repairs. What is on your list? Whether you fix it yourself or have others do it, please don’t wait until it is an emergency. Trust me, nothing good comes from procrastinating until a failure occurs.