Before you do the “happy dance” of spring, get your mind into the gutter — and the roof, etc., to fix the damage that winter has done to your home.

 Tackle any drainage issues — after winter, you likely know where excess water pools around your home. Spring is the best time to fix these problems to avoid erosion and mold issues.

 Fix a leaking roof — tackle leaks and home maintenance repairs as a priority before any other home remodeling or renovations.

 Refresh your entry or mudroom — during winter, you’re likely to track in snow, road salt and mud into your entryway or mudroom. This spring, make sure to thoroughly clean your walls, floors and doors to avoid any long-term damage.

 Clean and repair gutters — remove winter debris before the spring rains come. To avoid water running down the side of your house, check for places where gutters may have pulled away from the house. Termites and other pests are attracted to moisture, and standing water can create mold issues and cracks in driveways and sidewalks.

 Clean siding — salt and mud can build upon your home’s exterior. Depending on the type of siding, you can use a hose or pressure washer to clean your siding.

 Update paths and your driveway — these surfaces often crack during the winter and need to be repaired.

Source: USA Today

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