Today’s the first day of spring, which means it’s time for spring cleaning. In addition to cleaning and organizing your home, you should also perform some maintenance work. When parts of your home are regularly maintained, it increases their longevity and decreases the number of tasks you need to do in the future. These 19 home maintenance musts will improve the look and quality of your home. You’ll also save money down the road if you take time now to maintain it. Get started early on this list so you can kick back and enjoy the rest of spring!
Top 19 Home Maintenance Projects for Spring
1. The Roof
You can usually find roof problems if you keep a close eye on it and use binoculars. Missing or cracked shingles need to be replaced before they get worse. If any shingle-shift is found, it’s possible you need to install new fasteners. If winter caused bunches of pine needles and debris to collect in the valleys of your roof, make sure to clear those out.
2. Exterior Walls
Whether you have stucco, wood siding, or brick, check the exterior walls to see if any area is damaged. This is particularly important for gutter downspouts and underneath eaves. If you see water stains, that indicates that the gutters are not containing the runoff from the roof as they should be. With wood walls, check for any damaged openings or areas that could cause woodpeckers or carpenter ants to call it home.
For masonry chimneys, look between the stones or bricks to make sure no vegetation is growing and none have come loose. If you see signs of loose or fallen stones, this could mean water infiltration has occurred.
Look for cracks when inspecting foundations with poured concrete. It’ll be necessary to hire a foundation specialist, as regular caulking won’t help. They’ll perform a two-part system repair to chemically bond the cracks.
Leaks in the windows can let cool air escape in the summer, so make sure the weather stripping and caulking are still intact. If you noticed condensation with double-glazed windows during the colder months, this might mean the window or glass needs to be replaced.
Springtime is an ideal time to look for clogged drains, leaky faucets, and sweaty pipes. Make sure hoses and pipes are sealed and secure under the bathroom and kitchen sinks. Make sure there are no water stains around the dishwasher.
7. Air Conditioning
Check the air conditioning units in the spring so they’ll be ready for summer’s hot months. Change out the filter, make sure there are no leaks in the hose connections, and make sure the drain pans are working correctly.
Look in the attic to see if any critters or insects have begun to make it their home. Look for black or gray blotches, which is a sign of mold. If you spot any, be sure to act immediately and remove the mold from your attic. Ensure there is proper ventilation and insulation to discourage the growth of mold.
If the basement is more damp than normal, this might mean the humidity is too high, possibly due to improper ventilation. Look at the base of walls to see if there are cracks or signs of water penetration.
10. Window Cleaning
Clean your windows both outside and inside with a window cleaner. If you had screens on during the winter, remove and clean them. Let them air dry before putting them back.
11. General Cleaning
Many parts of the house are neglected during the winter, so take care of general cleaning now. This means dusting ceiling fans, chair rails, window casings, and the tops of cabinets. Clean blinds with a damp cloth.
12. Decks and Patios
Look over the deck for loose, warped, or splintered boards. Remove any debris or leaves that built up during the winter. Clean the finish on your wood deck and then stain and reseal it.
13. Lawn Care
Don’t forget about the lawn – rake it to get rid of debris, branches, and leaves from the fall. Otherwise, the grass won’t be able to grow properly. Check that all your water systems are working outdoors.
14. Lawn Furniture
Bring out your lawn furniture and rinse it off with a hose and mild detergent. Check that your metal furniture doesn’t show signs of paint erosion or rust. Use a spray enamel to further protect the furniture from rain and sun.
If you haven’t used your BBQ during the winter, make sure there are no obstructions or clogs in the burner jets. Check that connections and gas hoses are also secure. It’s also a good idea to give it a thorough, overall clean. (For a step-by-step guide hop on over to our Learning Center to learn how to clean your gas grill)
16. Carpet Cleaning
Vacuuming is normally done multiple times a month, if not every week. Carpets should get a deep cleaning once a year to get rid of dirt, food particles, and dust. You can either rent a carpet cleaner from a home improvement store or hire a professional to deep clean your carpets.
17. Pool Maintenance
Remove, clean, and store your pool cover and take out anti-freeze chemicals that were in the plumbing system. The water should be refilled to the correct level, the filter turned on, and a dose of chemicals added.
18. Gutter Maintenance
The gutters should be inspected on a semi-annual basis since thousands of gallons of water are diverted every year from the foundation walls and exterior. Clean out and repair downspouts and gutters each spring before the rain begins. This should also be performed in late fall after the leaves are done falling.
19. Power Wash
Windows and the exterior of your home should be power washed every spring. This will make it look better while stopping the growth of mildew and mold. You can hire a professional if you’re worried about putting too much pressure on the windows and breaking them.
These tips will keep your home looking new and prepare you for the rest of the year. Make it a habit to perform this checklist each spring to keep your home in tip top shape.