Regular home maintenance is essential for keeping your home in good condition and preventing costly repairs. March is an ideal time to tackle critical maintenance tasks as the Vermont winter weather recurs and warmer weather is just around the corner. By taking care of crucial maintenance tasks early, you can ensure that your Vermont home is in top shape and ready to face the elements in the coming seasons.
1. Check your gutters and downspouts
Make sure they are clear of debris and properly attached to your home. Check for any damage or leaks that may have occurred over the winter.
2. Inspect your roof
Look for any signs of damage or wear, such as missing or damaged shingles, cracks in the chimney, or leaks in the attic. Arrange for repairs if necessary.
3. Test your sump pump
If you have a basement, test your sump pump to ensure it is working properly. You don't want to find out it's not working during the spring thaw.
4. Check the siding for damage
The weather can take a toll on the exterior of your home. 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.
5. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace any batteries if needed.
6. Clean and inspect your dryer vent
Lint build-up in your dryer vent can be a fire hazard. Clean out your dryer vent and inspect it for any damage.
7. Check your foundation
Inspect your foundation for any cracks or damage that may have occurred over the winter.
8. Scan your windows and doors
Check your windows and doors for any drafts or leaks. Replace any damaged weatherstripping or caulking.
9. Clean and maintain your outdoor equipment
If you have outdoor equipment like lawnmowers or trimmers, clean them up and perform any necessary maintenance before the grass starts growing again.
10. Examine your pipes for damage
As the weather starts to warm up, frozen pipes may start to thaw and potentially cause leaks. Check all pipes for any visible signs of damage, such as cracks or bulges. If you find any damage, arrange for repairs immediately to prevent water damage to your home.
Being proactive and completing these critical home tasks can save time, money, and stress in the long run. Also, it is essential to do home maintenance when preparing to sell because a well-maintained home can attract more buyers and increase the value of your property. Completing necessary repairs and maintenance before listing allows you to avoid surprises during the home inspection and negotiate from a position of strength. Furthermore, it gives buyers confidence that they are making a sound investment into a move-in-ready property. For more home maintenance tips or advice on what to do before you list this spring, contact a Coldwell Banker Islands Realty Agent.