HR-031316-BP1Spring is one of the most popular times of year to clean up your home inside and out, make renovations and take steps to ensure it operates efficiently for the rest of the year. Focus on five key areas to repair, replace and refresh around your house now — to avoid spending more time and money later.

Repair your roof and gutters. Inspect the roof to check for loose or cracked shingles. Be sure to look at indoor ceilings for any signs of water leakage and get started on repairs before more damage occurs. Take a look at the gutters to see if there are areas in need of repair as well, and tackle them now before there’s too much rain.

Repair and reseal your deck. Remove debris and sweep the deck clean. Fix broken or bent boards and pushed-up nails. Choose a cleanser formulated for your deck surface — whether for wood or composite — and apply a new coat of sealer and stain.

Replace windows and doors. Older windows can let unwanted air and moisture into your home. Installing newer, more efficient models will not only save money, but they also can bring the look of your home up to date. Replacing your front door in a great color and style also can add to your home’s efficiency and instantly add curb appeal.

Refresh with paint. There’s nothing like a new coat of paint to transform and update the look of a home. It’s also one of the easiest and most economical home improvement projects you can undertake.

Refresh your indoor air. Consider adding an indoor air cleaner. An American Standard AccuClean whole-home system, for instance, can remove up to 99.98 percent of airborne particles and allergens such as pollen, dust mites, mildew, pet hair and dander and fungus and bacteria, so everyone in your home can breathe easier.

You can renew your commitment to home maintenance by creating a yearly schedule of home projects. Mark your calendar with target dates to remind yourself to complete key tasks.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.