Home Repairs: Your Fairfield County CT Checklist for Spring and Fall

There are a lot of advantages to being a homeowner, but repair and maintenance chores aren't one of them. Between work, family commitments, and trying to get a little slice of free time for yourself, there's no time left to take care of annual home maintenance requirements. That's why it's hardly surprising that those important seasonal tasks tend to be neglected by homeowners in Fairfield County.

What exactly needs to be done in the spring and fall to keep your home in great condition? How are you going to manage to get everything taken care of? This checklist is your guide to common home repairs that should be carried out each year, divided into tasks that are most appropriate before or after winter. Spring and fall are good times for extra vigilance because winter is the season that's toughest on your house and most likely to cause damage.

There's a way to get every single one of these jobs crossed off your list quickly and efficiently at any time of the year—rely on the service professionals at Mr. Handyman of Upper Fairfield County for quality workmanship and customer service that goes above and beyond.

In the Spring

Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and certain areas of your home's exterior are looking rather worse-for-wear after a long, wet Connecticut winter. Here are some spring home repairs that Mr. Handyman can get done for you.

Replace Rotten Wood

From your deck to your window frames, any wood on the exterior of your home is vulnerable to wood rot. That's because this form of decay is caused by wood-eating fungi that require a high moisture content in timber to begin growing. Outdoor timber is exposed to a lot of water — especially in winter and spring.

If left to fester too long, wood rot can cause unsafe conditions and spread to other parts of your house. The best treatment is almost always replacing affected timber, but in some cases, small patches of decay can be scraped out, then repaired with epoxy wood filler.

Repair Siding Damage

Regardless of the type of material, your siding should be thoroughly checked for symptoms of damage incurred over the winter — and then repaired. This could include issues such as holes, cracks, gaps, warping, or bulging.

While they're at it, our handymen can also check your fascia and soffit boards for any signs of trouble and get those fixed up as well, so your attic is still protected against moisture and pest infestations.

Refinish Deck & Porch

Did you know that professional pressure washing is the best way to prime surfaces for renovation? It can remove loose paint and wood stain far faster and more effectively than sanding, leaving a clean, smooth surface to work on.

We'll apply a fresh coat of paint or stain, hiding any scratches in wood or other imperfections, then seal it so it's protected against rot. This is also a good time to check outdoor light fixtures and make sure they're in good working condition.

Fix Door & Window Screens

Any holes in your door or window screens should be fixed before dozens of insects invite themselves into your home. Your handyman can put in a roll of replacement window screen and make sure it's taut with a screen rolling tool. They can also apply clear coat to the frame to protect the metal against rust.

In the Fall

The leaves are falling, there's a chill in the air, and freezing weather is right around the corner. Here are a few essential fall home repairs to prepare for winter.

Clean and Repair Gutters

Many people don't realize that rain gutters are your home's first line of defense against serious damage caused by moisture incursion, from a leaky roof to a cracked foundation. Gutters collect all the rain that falls on your roof and channel it safely away from the house where it can't do any harm—unless they're crammed full of dead leaves, dirt, animal nests, and other debris. Then the water has nowhere to go and spills down the exterior of your home instead. Mr. Handyman can get your gutters spotlessly clean, and we'll repair any breaks or weak points while we're up on the ladder.

Seal Windows & Doors

This is a home repair that can drastically decrease your utility costs in the winter. Our weatherization services include sealing around window and door frames with caulking or weatherstripping. Our door and window tools provide results that stop cold drafts from forcing your heating system to work overtime.

Clean Dryer Vent

Realistically, there's no bad time of year for a dryer vent cleaning — as long as it gets done properly — but your dryer usage may increase in the winter so it's good to be prepared. A clogged dryer vent will also increase your energy bill, but more importantly, it's a major fire hazard that can cause a lot of suffering if it's not properly maintained. We'll clean it thoroughly, so the dryer can safely rid itself of excess heat and humidity.

Repair Drywall Damage

Yet another energy-related repair that can keep your heating costs down in cold weather, a drywall repair patch job closes holes and cracks that allow warm air to escape inside walls. Our drywall project experts will handle every step of the process, including removing old drywall, mudding, sanding, and joint taping. Then we'll paint and refinish the wall for a perfect match to make the repair invisible — and clean up after ourselves before we leave.

Mr. Handyman is Your Local, Trusted Home Repair Company

Whether you're in Westport, Danbury, or other parts of Fairfield County, you can rely on outstanding improvement, modification, and repair services from Mr. Handyman of Upper Fairfield County. We'll address all your maintenance concerns and any other additional requirements to get your home in perfect, livable condition

Give us a call today at 866-550-1710 or request a service appointment online to find out more about how we can enhance your home and make your life easier!