Spring is finally here, and you might be ready to enjoy the warmer weather but is your home ready? For your home’s health, spring maintenance is important. Don’t worry, it may seem overwhelming to take on all the spring maintenance at once, but you don’t have to. You can take one task at a time. Let’s get started!
Spring Maintenance Tips
Spring maintenance can happen inside and outside your home, but again, it might seem overwhelming. However, taking the time and breaking it up over a few weekends, you can tackle these easily.
1. Inspect the Outside of your Home for Damage
Winter storms can easily leave some damage on the outside of your home, so it is important to keep an eye out for damage. Here is a list:
Check the Gutters to see if anything is loose or leaking. Improper drainage can lead to leakage in the basement or crawlspace. Make sure to check that the downspout drain is away from the foundation and that the gutters are free from debris. Maybe consider installing gutter screens to help keep the debris out of the gutters.
Examine Roof Shingles to see if there were any shingles lost or damaged during the winter weather. Shingles that are cracked or loose need to be replaced, especially before the summer when the sun can really damage the roof.
Inspect Concrete Slabs for any sign of damage, cracks, or movement. Fill any cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. Once everything looks good, go ahead and power wash your driveway and seal the concrete.
Check Windows and Doors to see if your home’s windows and doors are caulked around the trim. The purpose of caulking windows and doors is to help keep the summer heat and humidity outside and the winter cold and draft outside. This saves money on your utility bills.
Clean Windows and Screen using a mixture of vinegar, dish soap, and water to spray and scrub your windows to bring some of that sunlight into your home.
2. Spruce up Outdoor Spaces
Nothing says spring better than spring gardening. Sprucing up your outdoor space can help bring a warm feeling to your home, so here are some tips to spruce up your yard:
Cleaning up the Yard by getting rid of any debris like leaves that might have been left from the winter.
Give your Garden a Facelift by tidying up your plants. Trim shrubs and trees so that they can bloom and grow healthier. Spring is the best time to start planting flower seeds, so you can start spicing up your garden.
Lawn Maintenance by getting your grass ready for the summer weather. Do this by getting rid of any dead grass by raking it, then adding a fresh layer of topsoil, seeding the area, and adding nitrogen fertilizer. Doing this would make your lawn green and lush for the summer.
Preparing Patios, Decks, and Balconies by sweeping and power washing the space. Maybe brighten up your deck by applying some stain.
3. Inspect the Interior of your Home
General Cleaning in areas of the house that often go neglected such as window casings, tops of wall-mounted cabinets, ceiling fans, and carpeting. Go through your home and start decluttering, including your rooms, kitchens, and garages.
Inspect Attic Space to check for any signs of insects or critters, presence of mold, and proper insulation of the room.
Basements are prone to dampness and insects, so it’s important to check for any signs of these to prevent any furthermore expensive damage.
Leaks can lead to lots of problems so it’s a good time to check for any leaky faucets, clogged drains, and sweaty pipes under the kitchen sink, bathroom sinks, and washing machines.
Spring is the perfect time to get home in tip-top shape. As a homeowner, it may seem like there is always something to do around your house, but by taking one task at a time and breaking it up over a few weekends, you can get the tasks done more easily. What are you waiting for? Start your spring maintenance!