Mar 11, 2021
The work is never done for homeowners. There is always something to do around the house, especially when the seasons change. After a long winter, we’re sure you are looking forward to spending some time outside and enjoying the spring weather, even if it means doing some repairs and cleaning up the yard.
The key to making sure you don’t miss anything is to create a spring maintenance checklist. Great news – we’ve already put one together for you!
Follow this spring maintenance checklist for homes to ensure your property is ready once the warmer weather rolls around.
The Importance Of Spring Home Maintenance
Homeowners want low maintenance. To achieve this, you need to be diligent and complete your to-do list each season to keep your home in the best shape possible.
“There’s no better way to preserve the value of your home than with regular, consistent maintenance. So every time the seasons change, make sure you do a thorough check of your house – inside and out – to make sure you’re keeping it in tiptop shape,” says Scott McGillivray.
Here is why seasonal maintenance is important :
- Value : It helps you maintain and add to the value of your home.
- Appearance : It improves the appearance of your property.
- Protection : It protects your home against weather and other threats.
- Reduce Long Term Costs : Maintenance costs are less when you do it regularly.
- Identify Issues : It allows you to identify issues before they become major repairs.
- Less Surprises : Fewer unforeseen issues will arise.
- Save Time : The more frequently you do it, the less time it will take each season.
Interior Spring Home Maintenance Tips
Even when spring arrives, it can sometimes be too cold to do outside home maintenance. The good news is that you can start inside. Here is a checklist of interior maintenance tasks :
1) General Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning is a common thing than many homeowners do as spring approaches. The warmer weather gives us a boost of energy to clean out the clutter and get our space in order before the nice weather hits.
“Spring is a good time to clean areas that often go neglected. Dust or vacuum chair rails, window casings, tops of wall-mounted cabinets and ceiling fans. Launder or dry-clean fabric draperies and use a damp cloth to clean wood and vinyl blinds. Vacuum upholstered furniture and mattresses, and consider renting a carpet cleaner—anything you can do to remove settled dust, mites, and allergens will make for a cleaner, and healthier, home,” says Merv Kaufman on bobvila.com.
2) Check The AC And Furnace
Spring is the perfect time to make sure your air conditioner or central air unit is working efficiently and ready for the summer. Check all the connections, change the filter, and if necessary, have it serviced.
3) Head Up To The Attic
After a cold winter, it’s important to check the attic to ensure no leaks have developed. You will also want to make sure no mice, insects or other critters have nested over the winter. Check to make sure the insulation is intact, and look for signs of mould and water damage.
4) Inspect The Basement
We all know that the basement is prone to issues, especially after the seasons change. Check for cracks in the cement walls and look for signs of leaks. While you are down there, it’s also a good idea to check your sump pump, washing machine hoses, inspect the basement windows for mould and leaks, and look for signs of pests.
5) Look For Leaks And Signs Of Mold
Building on the previous point, looking for leaks and mould is important in all areas of your home. Take the time to inspect all windows, doors, bathrooms, and other areas where water damage could occur. Address these issues immediately. If you have a large amount of it, contact a remediation company to dispose of it properly.
6) Check The Smoke Alarms
A change of season is the perfect time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, make sure they are working properly, and change the batteries. Also, check your fire extinguishers to ensure there are no leaks and the pin is in place.
7) Eliminate The Clutter
Things can add up in a hurry, especially after the holiday season. Spring is the perfect opportunity to clean out the garage, basement and other areas where things have been piling up. Donate unwanted items to local charities, sell them online, or give them away to family and friends.
Exterior Spring Home Maintenance Tips
With another winter in the rear view, it’s time to inspect your home and see if it caused any damage. Often the signs of winter damage reveal themselves once the weather warms up and the ground thaws.
Here is a checklist of things to inspect:
1) Check Out The Roof
It is vital to ensure your roof is free of damages. An issue with your roof such as damage to shingles, flashing, or leaks can quickly impact other areas.
“From the ground, check for missing, torn, buckling or curling shingles; asphalt granules in eaves troughs, as well as shingles with missing granules. These are all telltale signs that you may need to reroof,” says makeitright.ca.
2) Clean Out The Gutters And Downspouts
Over time, gutters and downspouts can get clogged, especially if you have many trees and vegetation in your neighbourhood. We all know that clogged gutters can cause water damage and prevent water from adequately being directed away. Remove any debris, patch holes in your gutter with exterior grade caulking, and check your downspouts to ensure they are properly directing it away from your structure.
3) Inspect The Foundation From The Outside
Your foundation is often the source of water issues in your basement. Do a walk around of the exterior, and check for cracks in the foundation as well as inspecting the exterior walls, siding, and brick for damage. If you identify issues, contact a foundation specialist to take a look.
4) Check The Seals Around Exterior Windows And Doors
The cold weather can cause cracks or harden the caulk around your windows and doors. Inspect the seals on all windows and doors and replace them as required. This will help prevent water from getting in and help reduce your energy bill. Replace any broken or damaged screens.
5) Take A Closer Look At The Garage Doors
Check the garage doors to make sure they are working. Vacuum dust and dirt around the doors, and make sure nothing could fall and prevent the doors from working properly.
6) Check All Outdoor Lights
Check all exterior lights and motion sensors to ensure they function properly and replace bulbs as necessary. You can also take this time to re-install solar lights in your walkways and gardens.
7) Do Some Fence And Deck Maintenance
Checking your fence and deck is important. Look for signs of damage, cracked or split boards, unstable areas and signs of pest damage. Look for holes under the deck and fence. Depending on the type of wood, you may also need to seal or stain your deck.
8) Spring Yard Maintenance – Prepare The Lawn, Trees And Greenery
It’s time to get the lawnmower out, change the engine oil, and get the blade sharpened, so it’s ready for the season. Head to your local hardware store to stock up on landscaping supplies such as yard bags and grass seed, and pick up the tools you need to thatch, weed and clean out your garden beds.
9) Get Out The Outdoor Furniture And BBQ
Pull out your patio furniture from storage, and clean out your BBQ and get it ready for grilling season. Check your propane tank and get it filled if necessary.
10) Look For Issues With Your Driveway And Walkways
It’s common to find cracks in walkways and driveways after the winter. How you repair these cracks will depend on the type of surface you have (brick, asphalt, concrete).
Additional Spring Home Maintenance Tips
Here are some additional tasks you may also want to complete this season :
- Lights : Replace any burnt out light bulbs.
- Dryer : Check and clean out your dryer vent to minimize fire hazards.
- Vents : Check all exterior vents for issues.
- AC : Check your AC unit to make sure it is working properly.
- Kitchen : Check the vacuum refrigerator coils and behind the stove.
- Thermostat : Adjust your programmable thermostat for spring temperatures to optimize efficiency.
- Wardrobe : Get out your spring clothes and store away winter clothing.
- Energy Efficiency : Consider scheduling an energy audit to learn where and when you can improve your energy use.
- Outside Taps : Turn on the water to outside taps.
Don't forget to review your policy and update it if necessary.
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