Most of us feel a boost of energy once the warm weather begins to roll in. After a long winter, you’re probably itching to get outside and enjoy spring, even if it means that you’ll be doing home maintenance, cleaning up the yard and making repairs. You may feel a bit overwhelmed once you see the mess that has been lurking underneath the snow, but it’s important to keep on top of your spring cleaning.
Important reasons to stay on top of home maintenance:
Taking care of your home maintains and adds to its value, this is especially important if you plan on moving in the future.
Regular maintenance can help protect your home against weather-related damage, reduce long term costs and can allow you to identify issues before they become major repairs.
The more frequently you check up on your home, the less time it will take every season and fewer unforeseen issues will arise.
If the weather is still a bit unpredictable but you’re itching to get a head start on spring cleaning, you can tackle a good chunk of your spring maintenance checklist indoors.
Check your AC and Furnace
- Change the air filters, check all connections, sweep or vacuum the area around both units and schedule a tune-up if needed.
Check attic and roof
- Make sure the insulation is intact, check for mould, leaks and moisture buildup. Remove any potential fire hazards and look for signs of pests.
- Check for cracks in the foundation walls and look for signs of leaks.
- Inspect windows for moisture build-up, leaks and mould.
- Check sump pump, water heater, washing machine lines and dryer vents.
Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
- Change batteries and check fire extinguishers for leaks, make sure that the pin is intact.
Once the weather is consistently pleasant, you may start to notice some signs of winter damage. Here’s a list of what you should look for.
Check roof for leaks and damage
- Signs that you need to reroof are missing shingles, “balding” shingles, and broken/curling shingles.
- If your home has an older roof, consider starting a budget for re-roofing.
- If you have a skylight, inspect the caulking for leaks and damage.
- Examine the exterior of the chimney for cracks, clean out the flue.
Clean out downspouts and gutters
- Remove debris, patch holes with caulking.
- Secure loose gutters.
- Re-route downspouts to prevent water from pooling around your home’s foundation.
- Check for cracks on foundation, exterior walls, bricks and siding
- Inspect seals on all windows and doors, re-caulk if needed
- Inspect fence and deck to look for signs of damage to boards, rotten wood and unstable areas
Did you notice some winter damage to your home? Let’s get in touch.