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Call your handyman: Top projects for spring

(NC) Winter is a particularly harsh season on our homes. Snow, sleet and repeated freezes and thaws make spring an important time for home improvement projects. Here are some home projects that are worth tackling this season. If you could use some extra help, try enlisting a handyman.

Clean out gutters. Over the winter your gutters will have filled with leaves, snow and other debris. When they’re clogged, they cannot properly divert water away from your home. Clean them out and make any necessary fixes to avoid any damage.

Roof repair.
Roofs take on a lot of damage. Shingles become old and brittle and can crack and fly away. When this happens, your roof has exposed spots that are susceptible to those April showers. Repair any missing or damaged shingles on your roof to help extend its life.

Fence fix up. As weather warms up and the ground starts to thaw, you may notice a shift in your fence that signals time for a rebuild. If your fence is structurally sound, consider addressing minor repairs including new stain, paint or mould removal. They’re simple updates with a big impact.

Plumbing tweaks. Do you have a leaky faucet that you keep forgetting to fix? A tap that drips six drops a minute will lose approximately 1,200 litres of water a year. That’s equivalent to seven bathtubs worth! Dealing with any plumbing issues is a great water- and money-saving addition to your spring list.

Painting projects. From repainting a dresser to adding an accent wall, paint is an easy and inexpensive way to transform a room. If you’re preparing to list your home for sale, a new paint job can add a lot of value, with a 100 per cent return on investment.
To find a handyman near you, visit homestars.com.

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