Every year when spring rolls around, many people start thinking about spring cleaning. This usually means decluttering, organizing and sprucing up the interior of your home. But spring is also the perfect time to think about home maintenance tasks. Take advantage of longer days and milder weather to accomplish some of the things on your home maintenance to-do list. To help you get started, check out this list of 10 home maintenance tasks to do this spring!
Keeping your gutters clean is one of the easiest ways to protect your home from weather damage. By channeling water away from your roof, gutters protect your shingles, eaves, siding, and landscaping from water and weather damage.
Gutters should be cleaned out at least twice a year. And they should definitely be part of your routine spring home maintenance.
Clear any leaves or debris from your gutters. Use a hose to wash out gunk. And check that all your downspouts are still attached and unclogged.
It’s important to inspect your roof every spring to check for damage caused by fall and winter weather. Check for missing or curled shingles, those with missing granules or any other visible signs of damage. You should also inspect the flashing around your vents, skylights, and chimneys.
While you’re inspecting your roof, check your chimney for signs of damage. Check the joints between any bricks or stones to make sure they are still watertight. You may be able to examine the exterior of the chimney yourself. But you should hire a professional chimney sweep to clean the flue and inspect the chimney overall.
Early spring is the perfect time to trim back tree and shrub overgrowth that has grown too close to your home. In early spring before the leaves fill in you can still see most of the individual branches for easier trimming.
Trim branches back at least 5 feet away from your house. This will keep them from pouring water onto your roof. And it will discourage tree and shrub dwelling squirrels and other critters from making their way into your home to build nests.
While you’re freshening things up on the outside of your home, give your house a good power wash. After pressure washing, examine the exterior of your home for chipped or peeling paint.
Exposed wood will eventually begin to rot. Apply a fresh coat of paint to any areas of your house where the paint is chipped or wearing away.
Mold, mildew and basement leaks due to poor drainage can cause extensive damage to your home. Low areas of your yard, especially those around the foundation of the house should be filled in and raised up to protect your home.
A deck is a wonderful place to enjoy spending time in the outdoors during spring and summer. To keep your deck from succumbing to rot or requiring an expensive replacement, regular resealing is important.
Sun, snow, and rain all take a toll on your deck wood. Protect your deck from the elements by restaining and sealing this spring.
Before you begin spring and summer watering of your yard and garden, check your outside faucets for damage from freezing. If when you turn on the water, the flow is less than expected or slow, you may have damaged pipes that need replacing.
It’s also a good idea to check your hoses for damage, especially if they are stored outdoors year round.
An AC unit that is regularly cleaned and serviced will operate more efficiently. Change your AC unit filters, check any hoses for leaks or damage, and make sure drain pans are draining. You’ll also want to vacuum any dust that has settled inside your AC unit.
If your unit seemed to be running at less than peak performance last summer, now is a good time to call a heating and cooling professional to service your unit.
Take the time this spring to make your lawn beautiful. Rake any leftover leaves or limbs that were missed over fall and winter. Check that your lawn mower, trimmer, and edger are in good working order. And check out your sprinkler system to make sure it’s functioning as it should.
If you want to prevent summer weeds from taking over your lawn, consider applying a weed and feed fertilizer to keep your grass looking beautiful.
With this list of home maintenance tasks to do this spring, you will get your home and yard ready for a carefree spring and summer!