The days are getting longer and the weather is starting to warm up. Which means it is time to come out of hibernation and assess the toll the winter weather had on your home. Performing annual home maintenance can help you plan for repairs before the summer season arrives. Here are a few home maintenance tips to consider each spring season.
1. Check the Screen Doors and Windows
Examine the seals and trim around your doors and windows to see if they need to be resealed, repaired, or replaced before the rainy season arrives. If moisture gets in, it could cause damage to the wood trim. Also, take this time to check your window screens for damage.
2. Visit the Attic and Basement
Take a trip down to your basement and up to your attic and do a visual inspection for mold or moisture build-up. Also keep an eye out for any evidence of critters that may have made themselves at home over the winter. If you spot any issues that require further inspection, consider hiring a professional to assess the damage and the best plan of attack.
3. Consider Painting or Replacing Wood
Exposed wood can rot so be sure to repair and replace any damaged wood whether it be your deck, railings or window sills. If you notice any cracked or peeling paint, scrape it off and apply a fresh coat to protect the wood from the spring elements.
4. Inspect your Roof and Siding
The weather can take a toll on the exterior of your home. Take a look at the roof to see if there are any missing or damaged shingles that need to be replaced. Also, check the flashing on your chimney and skylights. Inspect your siding and look for any cracks, warping, rot and pest invasion. There could be underlying problems so get a professional opinion if you’re unsure. If the exterior of your home is in need of repair it could lead to damage inside your home. If you notice any of these items be sure to call a professional for further inspection.
5. Clean your Gutters and Downspouts
Clean out leaves and any debris from your gutters so they drain properly and work efficiently. This task prevents water damage and rot, a place for pests to nest, and it helps the overall lifespan of your roof and foundation. Additionally, make sure the downspouts are angled away from the foundation.
6. Examine Driveways and Walkways
Look for cracks, potholes, or divots in your driveway and walkways and get them repaired. Smaller cracks are usually easier and less costly to repair, so take care of these once they are visible. If you have a dirt driveway, make sure to fill in any potholes and regrade with a fresh layer of gravel each spring.
7. Add Soil
If you have any low areas next to your foundation or in your yard, add some soil to level out these areas. This will help prevent foundation damage, minimize insects, and reduce flooding caused by spring rains.
8. Service your Furnace and AC Unit
Ask a professional to clean and service your outside air conditioning system. This will help with performance during the warm months. It could also help reduce your electric bill since the unit will be operating more efficiently. On top of that, it is important to check the furnace and have it maintenanced. This is critical especially after a long winter of heating your home to make sure it is in tip top shape the next time you need it.
9. Pressure Wash Your House
Once the cold weather has lifted, power washing your home can be a great way to keep up with exterior maintenance. Cleaning your roof, gutters, decks, as well as siding will help to avoid mold or mildew sitting and causing costly damage in the long run.
10. Spruce Up Landscaping
Give your landscaping some TLC. Dig out or cut back any species that might be overflowing onto your walkway or driveway, and/or blocking any windows. Take this time to also give your garden a facelift and start planning those planting projects!
Partaking routine home maintenance you can avoid costly repairs as well as help you prepare and budget for updates that might be needed. For more home maintenance tips or advice on what to do before you list this spring, get in touch with a Coldwell Banker Islands Realty Agent.