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With winter now a memory, it is time to think about putting together a spring cleaning/maintenance list. Below are some ideas to get you started:

1. Clean Gutters

Clogged gutters can lead to many problems, including leakage and damage to your home can cause a myriad of problems, including mold and water damage.

2. Inspect your Roof

First carefully look at the ceiling inside your home and see if you can detect any discolored areas that look stained. If you see any, it is likely you may have cracked or missing shingles or ridge vent. The next step is to call a professional to get it fixed.

3. Remove Brush and Leaves

Even if you diligently raked your lawn during the fall, winter winds may provide you with more work by depositing leaves in flower beds and alike. Also it might be a good idea to remove low-hanging tree limbs and brush from your yard. Keeping your yard clear of these materials could help prevent a future insurance claim.

4.Check Outdoor Water Outlets

Before winter, you probably disconnected all hoses from outdoor water spickets. Test these outdoor water systems as in pipes, faucets and in-ground sprinkler systems to make sure they are in  good working order.

5. Decks and Patios

Spring is a good time to look for warped, loose or splintered boards. Remove and replace boards that may have succumbed to water damage and either screw or nail back loose boards. Also remove any debris that may have accumulated in the space between boards.  Inspect any other outside structures such as composite fences, railings, pergolas and trellises. Whether these are made of wood or composite, it is a good idea to pressure wash and either reapply stain or paint where applicable.

6. Clean Outdoor Furniture

Furniture that has either been stored or has been left outside for the winter should be cleaned with recommended cleaning product and rinsed with a hose.