It is time to open the windows and enjoy the fresh air of spring. Have you already done your spring cleaning? There is more to spring home maintenance than deep cleaning and organizing. Here is a checklist to help you prepare for the change in seasons.
Examine the Roof
Are you comfortable on a ladder? The transition into spring is a great time to inspect your roof and get a good view of its condition from up high. This will allow you to identify and address any issues with it.
If you are not comfortable on the ladder, you can use binoculars. Look for damaged or missing shingles, rusting, cracking or signs of leaking. Contact a professional to handle serious issues, or if you can’t inspect it up close yourself.
Clean the Gutters
Clean out leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. If they’re bulging down, you should either reattach them or replace them. If there are any holes, you can use caulking to prevent leaking. Be sure to face downspouts away from your home’s foundation for proper draining.
Inspect the Concrete
Walk around your property looking for cracking in the driveway, walkways or decks. Most cracks can be filled with concrete filler or silicone caulk, but if the damage is too severe, consider replacing it.
Examine the AC Unit
In efforts to promote smooth airflow over the upcoming months, remove debris from around the cooling unit and change the filters. Also, consider doing a professional HVAC tune-up.
Are your wooden fences, railings and trellises in need of some care? These structures are prone to rot and decay so it is a great time to revamp or replace them before the spring showers set in and cause further deterioration.
Check the Sprinklers
Turn your sprinklers on to check for leaks or broken sprinkler heads. Ensure they are spraying the landscaping rather than the hardscaping.
Inspect Windows and Doors
Springtime often leads to opening more doors and windows to let that fresh air in so it is a great time to check for cracks or holes in screens and repair as necessary to avoid bugs from getting through. A screen repair kit can be found at most home improvement stores.
Also, consider wiping down the interior of the window sills as they may have collected dust, dirt and mold over the winter months.
Spruce Up Landscaping
Clear your landscaping of debris, trim overgrowth and plan out what you would like to add. It is recommended to use compacted soil in low areas of your yard, as spring rains often lead to flooding and foundation damage.
Perform Home Safety Inspections
At least once a year it is important to change batteries in smoke detectors, make sure fire extinguishers are still intact and check that exhaust fans are in good condition. Take care of any replacements immediately.
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