Spring is that time of year when we get our homes ready for the warmer weather, embark on DIY projects that boost curb appeal, and repair any damage those winter storms might have done. Regular maintenance is essential to keeping your home in excellent shape. This homeowners’ short spring checklist will help you get organized and ready for the new season.
Inside Maintenance Spring Checklist
Start in the basement. Inspect the ceiling and interior walls for stains, streaks, and mold or mildew. Cracks should be non-existent or small enough for you to repair – large cracks indicate a bigger problem and should be looked at by a professional foundation contractor.
The most efficient way to check for visible leaks is to watch exposed pipes while someone is running water or flushing the toilet. Do this with all of the exposed pipes in the house, even the hard-to-access ones.
Any furnace and air conditioning units should be replaced and the units cleaned inside and out – vacuuming is best.
Examine the outside walls of the basement, attic, or crawlspace for evidence of little critters. Patch holes, repair broken windows, and critter-proof vents that might provide a way for animals to get in.
Check the attic for stains, damp patches, or peeling paint. These are common signs of leaks. Gently press on the stained area with a screwdriver – if the wood gives, it has been compromised and eventually the rot will spread.
Clean the doors of your home –closet doors, cupboard doors, and the doors of the rooms in your house. Oil hinges and make any necessary repairs.
Outside Maintenance Spring Checklist
The foundation should be “cradled” by the landscaping – soil, gravel or mulch close to the house shouldn’t be washed out or sloped toward the foundation.
Moisture build-up or water damage often manifests itself through discoloration. It can also make the surface of exterior foundation walls grainy to the touch.
When cracks appear on siding or the paint/protective finish starts peeling or blistering, it could be a sign that the siding has become old enough to replace.
Loose or missing siding panels make siding vulnerable to water-related issues including mold growth and wood rot. Replace damaged sections. When repairing siding panels, fix first before sealing, priming and repainting.
For those who clean the gutters twice a year, spring is the season of the first major gutter cleaning. In order for it to have the most impact, cleaning should take place more toward the end of spring after blossoms, seeds, etc. have been shed. In the meantime, however, examine the gutters for sagging sections, leaking seams, or missing gutter troughs. Also, check for and remove any clogs around the gutter outlet or at the mouth of the downspout.
Remove any debris from off the roof. Replace or repair missing or damaged roof shingles. Examine flashings for any wear, rust, or other signs they might need to be replaced. Ensure soffit and fascia show no signs of rot, damp, or the finish peeling, blistered or pitted.
Inside and Outside Spring Checklist
Make sure the front and back doors are in good working condition. Clean the inside and outside of the entry doors of your home with a mild soap and water solution.
Do the same for the windows – check they are working properly, don’t have any loose panes or gaps around the frame, and are washed inside and outside.
Organize the inside of the garage. Check the garage door, tracks and rollers for damage – meticulously oil the system. Wash the door’s exterior.