Whether your current home is on the market, or you are just settling into your new home – Spring Maintenance should be far more than just cleaning. Follow our Spring Maintenance Checklist to avoid costly home repairs and disasters.
- Examine your home’s roof. Pay close attention to any damp spots or lost/damaged shingles. Inspect the chimney for any loose or cracked bricks.
- Check all gutters. Be sure they are not loose and are free of debris. All downspouts should drain away from the foundation.
- Inspect all windows. Tighten or repair any loose or damaged window frames. Check window sills for cracks. Fill and re-caulk as necessary.
- Examine all exterior walls and siding. Replace and repair as needed. Siding should be cleaned annually with a pressure washer to keep any mold from growing. Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure. If wood is showing through, sand the immediate area and apply a primer coat before painting. If paint is peeling, scrape loose paint and sand smooth before painting.
- Check outside faucets for any freeze damage. If required, turn the exterior water back on. Examine garden hoses for dry rot before use.
- Service AC unit. Clean coils and change filters. Test unit to ensure it is in working order.
- Inspect your home’s foundation both from the exterior and interior if possible. Keep an eye out for cracks, leaks, and dampness.
- Walk your yard/lawn and clear debris as necessary. Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes from structures. Limbs and leaves can cut into your home’s paint and force you to have that side of the house repainted. A little trimming can save a lot of money and time.
- Check lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves, exposed lines, and improperly working sprinkler heads. If there is an area of your yard that collects too much water or doesn’t get enough, run the sprinklers to figure out the problem. If it’s not something you can fix yourself, call a professional before your lawn needs the water.
- Inspect your porch, deck, and patio areas. Replace or repair any loose or damaged wood. Check railings for loose spindles. Repair or replace as necessary.
- Perform an interior inspection of all windows. Tighten or repair loose or damaged window sills and frames. Clean scree