Spring is here and now is a great time to check and protect things inside and outside your home to make sure your home makes it through the summer without causing you too many issues.
Spring Home Maintenance List
Clean Gutters and Downspouts – Clogged or damaged gutters and downspouts can cause eves and trim to rot or lead to holes in your siding. This can then lead to critters getting into your home. You also want to make sure that downspouts are working properly so that water is flowing away from your house and not effecting your homes foundation.
Inspect Your Roof – Now is the time to check your roof before snow or hail beats us up. Look for missing/loose shingles or anything that doesn’t look right.
Reseal/Repair Siding – If you have holes or gaps in your siding, replace the damaged siding or putty any gaps in the siding.
Reseal Exterior Woodwork – Desks, fences, railings, trellises, pergolas and other woodwork around the home can crack or rot quickly. Reseal and even re-staining can help maintain the woodwork for years to come.
Check Screens and Windows – Make sure you windows are functioning correctly and make sure screens have no holes or rips in them. You can get a kit or the supplies to fix screens pretty easily at Home Depot or Lowes.
Clean Home Exterior – Clean patios, doors, siding and sweep/wash away all the winter yuck, dirt and dust that can pile up.
Clean Off Patio Furniture and Grill – Do this so you can enjoy your outdoors as soon as you can.
Check Your Sprinkler System – Make sure spigots or sprinkler heads are working, replace any that aren’t. Check that all your zones are synced up and working correctly.
Replace Your Furnace Filter – If you haven’t done this over the window months, now is the time!!
Prune, Clean Out and Plant – It is time to prune your trees and shrubs, clean out your garden beds and plants lettuce and greens.
Make Sure Your Sump Pump Is Working – Snow melting, spring rains and hail storms can quickly cause flooding issues. Be sure your sump pump is working. We realized ours wasn’t working just a couple of months ago and what a mess that could have become.
Protecting your home is important as it is one of if not your biggest asset. Being a realtor I can also tell you that when you come to sell your house, having a well maintained home can make all the difference between a smooth transaction and a very bumpy ride!