We’re fast approaching warmer weather, which means that it’s a good time to make a springtime home maintenance checklist. Read on for three common areas to inspect as winter draws to a close:

Roofs and Gutters: Now is a good time to clean out your gutters from all of the debris that may have collected during the winter season. Check your rooftop for shingles that need replacing and look for signs of leaks. Those April showers might bring more than just May flowers if you don’t have your roof properly inspected, so don’t be afraid to enlist the help of a professional roofing company to help you scope out potential problem areas.

Air Conditioning Systems: Don’t wait until a heat wave hits before you test your air conditioning unit. Even if it’s still a little chilly outside, take the time to check your AC unit so that you’re not waiting in line for an HVAC professional during their busiest season.  Schedule a technician to perform an annual maintenance checkup on your unit, as ask them about cleaning your home’s duct work.

Windows, Exteriors, and Walkways: Clean the exterior of your home and walkways to remove stains and built-up dirt, and repair or replace broken or damaged windows and screens. If you have a dock, inspect your structure for any damage that may have occurred during recent winter storms, and replace any areas that look unsafe.

Making an effort to properly prep your home for spring could save you time and resources once warmer weather ushers in. As a general rule, always enlist the help of a professional when tackling potentially dangerous jobs, and keep all receipts and paperwork organized in case you need to refer back to them at a later time.

Source: Home Warranty of America, Spring Home Maintenance Guide