There are often several overlooked springtime home maintenance projects which can save you money, increase efficiency, help prevent costly damage and increase your home’s safety. Be aware of these five projects now to avoid costly expenses in the future.

Install a New Front Door

While a new front door can cost a pretty penny upfront, it can help save you money down the road.

Before you start, look for any noticeable signs that it’s time to replace your front door. The most pressing issue of them all is rot, which usually rears its ugly head at the bottom of the door jamb. The paint may be starting to flake, or you may notice that the wood is soft and mushy. Check to make sure the weatherstripping is intact and not worn out, and that there are no visible cracks between the door jamb and the door. Replacing a door isn’t just about aesthetics or safety, but also about energy efficiency.

According to the Remodeling 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, the average return on investment with a new front door purchase is 77.8 percent of the cost, and for a steel door, 90.7 percent of the cost. This makes a new entry door a wise investment if or when you are ready to sell your home.

Inspect and Repair Your Roof

Spring is the perfect time to get up on the roof to check for ice, hail or water damage from winter. Repairing minor damage is relatively straightforward and can be done by the homeowner.

There are several things you should check for when inspecting your roof:

  • Damaged shingles. When replacing a damaged asphalt roof shingle, you can either replace the entire piece, or cut the shingle into sections and replace just a single tab.

  • Moisture. Inspect the roof and the interior walls of your home for any moisture damage. A leaking roof can develop for a variety of reasons: improper installation, wind or storm damage or lack of maintenance.

  • Curled shingles. Hot air from attics sometimes cause shingles to curl away from the home, putting your home at greater risk for weather damage.

  • Granule loss. Check the texture on your shingles to make sure it’s still adequate. Granule loss indicates that shingles are old and are no longer protecting your home as well as they could be.

Inspect your roof at least twice a year to stay on top of any needed repairs before they become costly.

Install Gutter Guards

Blocked gutters can lead to flooding which causes costly damage to the roof, ceiling, walls and floors. Blocked gutters can also lead to pest infestation and pose a fire risk due to the build up.

A gutter guard provides a long term solution by preventing debris from entering the gutter. When you compare the one-off costs of installing a gutter guard versus how much you would spend on cleaning and maintenance, plus the potential costs of problematic gutters, it definitely pays to protect your home. Prevention now is better than costly repairs later.

Recaulk Windows and Doors

Even if you caulked your doors and windows before the winter chill set in, caulk can still harden, crack and shrink because of cold weather.

This spring, check the caulking around your windows and doors and replace as needed. Keeping the hot air out during the summertime is just as important as keeping it in during the winter.

Plant Trees in Strategic Locations

Did you know that your landscape can affect the temperatures inside your home? With careful planning and strategic placement, you can create an energy-saving yard.

Trees can help keep your home cool in the summer by providing shade and helping to cool the air around them. In the winter, trees can provide protection from harsh winds, helping reduce the cost of heating your home. Deciduous trees on the east, west, and south sides of your home will provide shade in the summer and warmth from the sun when they lose their leaves in the colder months.

You don’t always have to spend a lot of money to save money. Too often, homeowners discover problems after it’s too late. Be sure to take the time to address these issues now as they will pay off in the long run!