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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

With so many of us stuck in quarantine, you may be wondering how to tackle some of the spring home maintenance tasks that you typically have hired a professional for in the past. We’re here to help you take on the right projects with confidence, and help steer you away from the ones the professionals really should handle. The nice days up ahead may even make spring home maintenance enjoyable! And let’s face it, we all know the importance of home maintenance and how it can extend the life of your home. With all the added time spent in the home these days, spring home maintenance is more important now than ever.

These are some of our favorite tips that you can fit into a weekend or two. Staying safe in our homes is especially a priority right now and we are here to help! 

 

Ground and Yard:

  • Clear area wells, window wells, and storm drains
  • Check driveway and sidewalks for cracks
  • Check the yard for settlement and soil erosion

Doors and Windows:

  • Check doors, windows and trim for finish failure
  • Check for broken glass and damaged screens
  • Check weather stripping for damage and tightness of fit
  • Check caulking at doors and windows, and all other openings

Exterior Walls: 

  • Check masonry for cracks and loose joints
  • Check paint surface for any areas that need touch ups
  • Check siding and trim for damage or decay

Roof: 

  • Check for damaged or loose shingles, or blistering of the roof
  • Check underside of roof, where accessible, for water stains or dampness
  • Check for damaged flashing
  • Check for damaged gutters and downspouts
  • Clean out your gutters and downspouts
  • Check vents, louvers, and chimney caps
  • Check fascias and soffits for any decay or need for paint touch ups
  • Check masonry chimneys

Interior Surfaces: 

  • Check all grout between tiles
  • Check caulking around tubs, showers, sinks and countertops
  • Check for any paint touch ups on walls and trim

Floor:

  • Check for wear and damage, especially any transitions where one material meets another
  • Deep clean carpets 

Plumbing:

  • Check flush ales, faucets, hose bibs, supply and drainage piping- including those in your basement and crawl space
  • Check water heater 

Electrical System: 

  • Check conditions of outlets, extension cords, lamp cords and plugs. 
  • Check exposed and overhead wiring for damage

HVAC System: 

  • Clean or change air filters as required
  • Clean dirt and dust from around your furnace
  • Schedule annual check up for the system (Even if it’s pushed out, it’s best to get is scheduled. Maintenance prevents expensive system repairs!)

Foundation and Basement: 

  • Inspect for signs of termite infestation
  • Check grading to assure that water will drain away from the foundation
  • Check basement or crawlspace for dampness and/ or leaking following wet weather
  • Check for any cracks in basement or crawlspace

Decks and Porches:

  • Inspect for any termite damage or structural damage
  • Check for any areas that need paint or staining touch ups 
  • Check concrete for any damage, cracks, sinking, or animals burrowing below

 

These spring home maintenance tips will help keep your home in tip top shape. While you’re evaluating each area of your home, it may be wise to have a running list for home maintenance items that you can handle yourself and a separate list of items that may require some professional attention. 

While you’re running through your spring home maintenance checklist, if you run into questions, concerns and just want to clarify anything- contact us! We’re happy to help. Likewise, if your maintenance list starts to grow into a remodel list, we’d love to help you plan that as well. 

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Written By Katie Finn