After a long, cold winter you are probably ready to shake off the snow and welcome the warm weather. As wonderful as it is to say goodbye to those winter blues, the spring brings with it some unpleasant but necessary tasks for outdoor maintenance.

Do yourself a favor and take care of these things in early spring so you can enjoy the rest of the spring and summer. Here's what you need to do:

1. Clean Out Those Gutters

Even if it feels like you just did it, your gutters are probably going to need another cleaning after the final snow melts. Set up your ladder and climb on up to clear out all of the accumulated leaves, twigs, and clutter that can clog your gutters and inhibit proper drainage. If you want to save yourself the hassle of having to do the job again in the future, consider installing gutter guards that keep out leaves and other kinds of debris.

2. Give Your Roof a Once-Over

Your roof is designed to protect your home, but sometimes it needs a little love of its own. If you are physically able, climb on up to check things out or, if you aren't, use a pair of binoculars to scope out the situation. You're looking for curled or missing shingles, cracked caulk, and rusted or pitted flashing. Depending what you find, you may need to make some repairs yourself or hire a professional. For minor repairs, a roofing contractor may only charge $100 to $200.

3. Clean Your Siding

The siding on your house helps to protect the surfaces below, but you need to keep it clean in order for it to do its job. Take a pressure washer to get rid of mold, dirt, and other accumulations to have your siding looking like new. While you're at it, check all wood surfaces to make sure that the paint hasn't chipped. If you see any exposed wood, sand the area and apply a coat of primer then paint. Exposed wood is likely to rot, and that's not something you want to deal with.

4. Check Your Windows and Screens

Before you install your window screens for the season, give them a once-over. Check to make sure that the frames are square and secure and go over the screens themselves to look for holes. Any hole larger than a quarter is big enough for insects to get in, so repair the hole or replace the screen. Once everything is in good shape, install the screens and check to make sure they fit securely - a loose frame can be torn free by the wind.

5. Inspect Your Foundation

Though you may think of winter as being primarily a season of cold, it is also a season of wet and that wet can seep into your foundation if there's a crack. Go around the outside of your house looking for cracks, heaving, and deterioration then do the same inside. You may be able to make minor repairs yourself, but if any cracks are large enough that you can insert a coin, you should call a professional.

When springtime finally rolls around, it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of warmer weather. Before you let yourself get too carried away, however, you should take the time to do a bit of spring cleaning with these outdoor maintenance tasks.

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