2020 Ultimate Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
For most people, a home is the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make. Upkeep is the best way to protect your investment. Simple spring home maintenance tasks can help you keep your home in the best shape possible and avoid potentially expensive repairs in the future. This spring home maintenance checklist will outline all the tasks you need to take care of inside and out to keep your home in top shape.
Outdoor Spring Home Maintenance Tasks
Take advantage of the mild spring weather and do a complete walk-through of your property and inspect potential winter damage that has affected your home. Watch closely for details, and follow this handy checklist to ensure you don’t forget anything.
Inspect your roof for loose or damaged shingles and leaks. You may be able to conduct a complete investigation from the ground. If not, get a partner and a ladder and get up on the roof for a thorough inspection. For a roof showing wear and tear, consider starting a budget for a replacement. If significant damage is visible, call a professional.
Clean Your Gutters
Fall winds and winter weather can be rough on your home’s gutters. Remove leaves, twigs, and debris before spring rains have a chance to back up and damage your home. After clogs are removed, flush gutters with a hose.
Inspect Your Sprinklers
Remove the insulation from sprinkler heads and inspect sprinklers for damage. Turn on sprinklers and watch for leaks. Make adjustments to ensure sprinklers will be spraying the lawn instead of the house, driveway, sidewalks, or porches.
Inspect and Clean Windows
Inspect your storm windows for cracks and chips before cleaning to avoid injury as a part of your spring home maintenance checklist. If your storm windows are damaged, call a professional to have them replaced. It’s dangerous to remove windows that are cracked. Remove undamaged storm windows and clean them thoroughly.
Remove Debris From Around Your HVAC Unit
Twigs, dead leaves, branches, and other outdoor debris can accumulate on and around your HVAC unit during the winter. Remove loose debris. Clip branches growing close to your system, and mow tall grass that could become an obstruction.
Inspect Your Deck
Sweep debris and dirt that accumulated on your deck over the winter. Inspect planks and railings for damage. Touch up minimal damage like scratches and fading. If your deck has sustained significant damage, replace damaged boards.
Check Your Sump Pump
Spring showers bring a lot of work for your sump pump. Make sure it’s in ideal working condition with a simple maintenance check. Ensure that the power cord is undamaged, pipes are connected, and the pump turns on when the float is lifted.
Inspect the Basement
Walk around the perimeter of your basement and inspect the foundation for cracks or any areas where moisture is seeping in. Look for excess moisture inside the basement. Start from the bottom since cracks usually begin near the bottom of the foundation.
Repair Damaged Paint
Check the outside walls of your home for cracked or peeling paint. If you have siding, inspect the siding for cracks or damage. However, if no repairs are needed, powerwash the outside of your home to remove mold and dirt accumulation.
Check and Repair Screens
Inspect the screens on your windows and doors for tears or other damage. Vacuum the screens to dislodge dust that accumulated over the harsh fall and winter season. Replace or repair these screens as needed.
Clean Out Your Dryer Vent
Most people remember to clean out the lint trap on the dryer routinely. It’s the vent that leads outside that often gets forgotten. Cleaning out this vent can help eliminate fire hazards.
Indoor Spring Home Maintenance Tasks
Spring cleaning isn’t all about dusting and sweeping. In fact, certain indoor spring home maintenance tasks help prolong the life of your home. Use this indoor checklist to take care of the inside of your home.
Check Window and Door Seals
Inspect the weather stripping seals around your windows and doors for drafts. Replace damaged caulking and weather strips. Clean the window sills from dust and dirt that accumulated over the winter months.
Peek Behind the Fridge
Inspect the area behind your refrigerator for dust and lint. Vacuum the refrigerator coils and sweep away any dust that has accumulated in the area. Check and clean drip pans.
Check Smoke Detectors
Run a test on all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home and replace batteries as needed.
Check the Washer Hose
Inspect the floor behind the washing machine and the hose that brings water into the washer as a part of your spring home maintenance checklist. If the hose is cracked, dry rotted, or leaking, it’s time for a replacement hose.
Replace Furnace and AC Filters
Replacing your furnace and AC filters helps your HVAC system work more efficiently, saving you money on your energy bills. Spring is a great time to have your system inspected and maintenance performed by a professional as well.
Freshen the Air
As the weather warms, turn off your heating system and open all the doors and windows to let some fresh air into your home. The air quality indoors can decline when the heater has been running all winter and no fresh air is in circulation.
Water Heater Maintenance
Flush or drain your water heater to remove sediment buildup. It’s a good idea to have your water heater inspected by a professional once a year. If you decide to flush the water heater yourself, it’s crucial to turn off the power and water supply before getting started.
Inspect Sinks and Tubs
Check the caulking around your sinks, toilets, and tubs for deterioration. Watch for cracks, gaps, and other damage. Ensure there’s no standing water that might signify a leak. While you’re at it, clean showerheads and faucets to remove mineral deposits.
Find More Spring Home Maintenance Tips
Home maintenance might seem overwhelming at first, but these simple tasks can improve the quality of your home. Avoid costly future repairs by preventing them from occurring in the first place. Home maintenance is similar to home insurance. It provides a layer of protection to your home that keeps your family safe. Contact us for more tips.