SPRING MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST
The windows are open and you've officially retired your winter coat. Hello spring!
However, spring home maintenance goes beyond deep cleaning and organizing. Work your way through this checklist to make sure your home is ready for the change in seasons.
Check the roof
If you're comfortable on a ladder, inspect your roof from up high. If not, use binoculars. Look for damaged or missing shingles and signs of rusting, cracking or leaking. If you find issues, call a professional to assess the damage.
Clean out the gutters
Clear all leaves and debris out of the gutters and downspouts. If they're sagging, reattach the gutters, or replace them with new hardware.
Check outside faucets
Inspect hose faucets for freeze damage by turning on the water and placing a finger over the opening.
Inspect the air conditioning unit
Remove debris from around the cooling unit, and change the filters. Spring is also the ideal time to schedule a professional HVAC tune-up.
Give the deck some attention
Check the deck for signs of water stains, discoloration and warping.
Repair and reseal woodwork
In addition to the deck, you'll also want to focus on wooden fences, railings and trellises if you have them.
Run the sprinklers
Turn your sprinklers on to check if the system is still working properly. Look for leaks or broken sprinkler heads. Adjust them so they spray the grass rather than the house, sidewalks or porches.
Inspect windows and doors
Check for cracks or holes and repair as necessary. Use a screen repair kit to fix holes or tears that bugs can sneak through.
Spruce up landscaping
Clear your landscaping of debris, trim overgrowth and plan fresh additions. We recommended using compacted soil in low areas of your yard, as spring rains can cause flooding and foundation damage.
Open the windows
With the welcoming warmth of fresh spring breezes, you might be inclined to do this regardless. Opening the windows is also an effective way to naturally aerate your home and may improve air quality.
Inspect the basement and attic
Check the walls and floors for water stains, mold and leaks. Remove unwanted moisture that can lead to mold issues or serious water damage.
Perform routine home safety checks
Change the batteries in smoke detectors, make sure fire extinguishers are still intact with the needle in the green zone and check that exhaust fans are working properly. Replace anything that isn't working immediately.
Clean the furnace
The furnace worked overtime hard these last few months, so make sure you clean the filter system, blower and motor.
Spring is the perfect time to revisit your appliances, lighting and other essentials that may need replacing. If it's time for an upgrade, consider energy-efficient options to help reduce waste and lower your bills.
You may find some damage while prepping your home for spring. If you want to be prepared ahead of time, contact us at Aardvark Home Inspectors, and you’ll get help with finding contractors and lower the costs of the needed repairs.