Spring Maintenance List for Homeowners
The weather is finally breaking, and that means it’s time for Spring Maintenance! These 5 tips are here to help current homeowners AND future home sellers stay on top of potential problems.
1) Inspect & Repair Windows
Damaging winter weather can crack and harden caulk and other weather seals. The leakage that occurs in these spots will allow warm summer air to enter, therefore increasing your cooling costs all summer long. Be sure to reseal any leaking areas. BONUS TIP: Take this time to deep clean your windows and screens to invite beautiful natural light into your home.
2) Examine & Clean Out Gutters
If you are waiting for an appointment with a professional roofer, take some time to examine your gutters. If you notice them pulling away from the house, they may be clogged with leaves and other debris. Improper drainage can lead to water accumulation in your basement and foundation. Do what you can (SAFELY!) to remedy the situation and clear any debris which may have piled up. If your gutters are very high off the ground, your roofer may be able to help. BONUS TIP: Be sure to point all downspouts AWAY from your home to avoid water damage to your foundation.
3) Service Lawn Mower and other Landscaping Tools
Changing your mower’s engine oil and sharpening its blades will lengthen the life of your mower and improve the look of your lawn. Unless you’re a pro, check your user manuals for assistance with those and other maintenance concerns, such as changing the air filter or replacing the spark plug.
4) Inspect Roof
The 1, 2 punch of spring rain and summer sun can deal some real damage to your roof. For some homeowners, their roof may have already taken a beating over the winter. We suggest hiring a licensed and reputable roofer to examine your roof. Leave it up to the professional to look for shingles that are cracked, buckled, or loose. They will also inspect the flashing around any skylights, chimneys and plumbing vents to ensure no water is penetrating your home.
5) Service Air Conditioner
It’s the first string of beautiful spring days and you get the quarterly phone call from Dad, “It’s getting warm out. Did you change your air filter yet?” Of course, your father is right! Replacing your air filter is the #1 way to avoid future heating and cooling issues. But we also recommend hiring a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service your furnace and air conditioning unit. This maintenance will keep your system in tip-top shape when those brisk 60° days turn into sweltering 95° weeks.