Get Your Home Ready for Spring with these Home Maintenance Tips
When a long winter finally ends and the promise of a new season arrives, you’re going to look forward to freshening up your home for the warmer months ahead. If you’ve already followed our tips for fall home maintenance, you’ll be in good shape for spring projects that can keep your home looking and functioning at its best. Here are some tips to get started with your spring home maintenance plan.
Exterior Home Maintenance
Spring is a great time for a roof inspection since your roof likely experienced some wear and tear during the freezing and thawing of fall and winter. Look for algae, moss, and piles of leaves on top of your roof, as well as buckled or missing shingles. Inspect your roof up close, and while you’re at it, clear out the gutters to ensure they can operate at full capacity for spring rains.
Your lawn will also require a little TLC this spring. Rake your lawn to prepare for new growth, aerate if necessary, and don’t forget to service your lawn mower. And be sure to trim overgrowth and tidy up flowerbeds to prepare them for planting.
Deck and Patio
You’ll be spending more time out on the deck during the warmer months, so make sure it’s in good shape. Start by examining the bottom of your deck and patio to ensure the fasteners and connectors are sound, and identify any worrisome cracks or rot in the wood. Then, finish up by washing, sanding, and staining your deck.
Run outside faucets
If you turned off your water for the winter to prevent freezing pipes, spring is the time to open your spigots to prep them for watering your flowers and lawn. Turn the water supply back on and then check for leaks inside and outside the home. Make sure that the outside spigots aren’t leaking – this can lead to extra moisture around the foundation, which can cause big problems down the line.
Interior Home Maintenance
Spring is a great time to open up the windows and let in some fresh air. But before you do, remove allergens by vaccuuming often-neglected areas like tops of cabinets and window casings, and dusting the tops of ceiling fans.
Check Your Air Conditioning Unit
Similar to getting your furnace serviced in the fall to prepare for the winter, take care of your A/C unit in the spring so it’s ready for summer. Start your A/C inspection by removing obstructions from around the unit if it’s outside, and then clean the evaporator coils. You should also check the refrigerant levels and air filter to see if they need to be replaced.
Attic and Basement
As a counterpart to a roof inspection, check out your attic to ensure there isn’t any moisture or leaks coming from the roof. Also inspect for mold and critters who may have made homes in your attic during the winter.
Wash Your Windows Inside and Outside
When sunny days arrive, you want to be able to enjoy sunshine streaming through your windows. The best way to do this is by washing windows inside and outside. For exterior cleaning, hose down the windows and then scrub with a cloth and soapy water. Rinse again, spray with a vinegar mix, and finally, wipe the window dry with a rubber-bladed squeegee. Wipe down inside windows with a microfiber cloth and a mix of vinegar and water.
These are just a few maintenance tips to ensure your home is clean and safe for the spring. If you’re looking for a reliable home inspector, please contact South Sound Inspections today!