Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about getting your home ready for nicer weather. Whether this is your first springtime in your home or you’re a seasoned homeowner, it’s good to have a list of maintenance items to check off so nothing gets overlooked. Here are a few mid the most common home maintenance items homeowners should consider tackling during the spring to help you get started.
After a long winter, you should inspect your roof to ensure it’s still in good condition. Ice, snow, and wind can damage the integrity of your shingles and tiles, so it’s a good idea to check them for holes, tears, or water damage. If you see any issues, you should address them immediately to protect your home from further damage.
Gutters are one of the most overlooked items around the home because they’re not at immediate eye-level. However, you shouldn’t neglect your gutters or you could end up with structural or foundation damage. Remove leaves, sticks, and other debris from your gutters and ensure they’re still attached firmly to your home. When your gutters are clean of debris, water can properly flow away from your home and prevent damage from occurring.
The springtime is a good time to check on your windows. Replace pans that have cracks or holes in them and clean them so sun can pass freely through to heat up your home. If you have screens, inspect and clean them as necessary. Often, people keep their windows open in nicer weather in place of air conditioning, and if you have holes in your screens it makes your home more susceptible to bugs and other pests.
While the fall is a great time to have a heating checkup to ensure your furnace is in good condition for the colder winter months, the spring is also a good time to have it looked at before you turn it off for the warmer months. Have it cleaned and inspected to ensure there are no issues. If you have a central air conditioning system, the springtime is also a good time to have it cleaned and inspected so it’s all ready to go when the summer months arrive.
Chances are your driveway was exposed to harsh conditions during the colder months, which can lead to cracks or fissures in the pavement or asphalt. Do an inspection of your driveway to see if you have any issues that need to be addressed. If you notice holes or cracks, have them filled and sealed to prolong the life of your driveway.
Winter can wreak havoc on the home’s exterior, including your siding. If you have vinyl siding, look for holes or missing pieces that may need to be patched or replaced. If your home is painted, check for cracked or peeling paint and touch up as needed. Keeping your home’s exterior not only helps maintain its beauty, but also seals it off from potential pests that may want to make their way into your home.
Your home’s landscaping may not look as beautiful as it did before months of cooler weather. Luckily, spring is a prime time to plant flowers, mulch, trim trees, aerate your lawn, and touch up the landscaping around your home.
Basement and Garage
Your basement and garage make great places to store items away during the winter. However, if left unchecked, your space could end up overrun with items that needed thrown out long ago. Use the nicer spring weather as an opportunity to pull everything out of your garage and basement to go through to see what can stay and what needs to go. You may be surprised with how much space you free up tossing out old items.
Don’t let spring sneak up on you without preparing to tackle these easy items on your to-do list. Write these down to do and your home will be ready for nice weather in no time.