Spring Home Maintenance Checklist.
The long-awaited, sun-drenched days of spring are finally on the horizon. The snow is melting, the daylight is lasting longer, and the birds are chirping. However, as you say goodbye to winter and greet the warm days of spring with open arms, it’s important to remember to do some home maintenance to keep your home in tiptop shape. Here is a checklist to help you out.
Interior Spring Home Maintenance Tips
1) General Spring Cleaning – clean out the clutter and get your home in order before the nice weather hits, because once it does, the last thing you’ll want to do is to spend times indoors!
2) Check the AC and furnace to make sure they are working efficiently. Check all the connections, change the filter, and have it serviced if necessary.
3) Head up to the attic to make sure no leaks have developed and the insulation is intact with no signs of mold or water damage. This will also be a good time to inspect the area for critters who have decided to nest over the winter.
4) Inspect the basement windows for mold and leaks. While you’re down there, it’s also a good idea to check the washing machine hoses, as well as for signs of pests.
5) Check all your windows, doors, bathrooms, and other areas where water damage could occur for signs of leaks and mold. Mold issues must be addressed immediately!
6) Ensure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
Exterior Spring Home Maintenance Tips
1) Inspect the roof for damage to shingles, flashing, or leaks, as damage to the roof can quickly impact other areas of your home.
“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; overtime, gutters and downspouts can get clogged, especially if you have a lot of trees and plants surrounding your house, so it’s important to clean these out and properly direct water away from your home to prevent water damage.
3) Check the seals around your exterior windows and doors because cold weather can cause cracks or harden the caulk. This will help prevent water from getting in and help reduce your energy bill.