Spring is here – and it finally feels like winter might be on its way out the door. Here’s your checklist for spring home maintenance items around your property:
- GUTTERS – Pull leaves and debris out of the gutters. Run a hose on the roof and check if there are any leaks that need to be fixed. Add extensions to downspouts to carry water at least 3 to 4 feet away from your home’s foundation.
- SIDING – Power wash vinyl siding to prevent mold from forming. If you have wood siding, do they need paint or coating touch up?
- WINDOWS & DOOR SCREENS – Check screens for holes and replace them if necessary. Clean windows inside and out.
- HOT WATER HEATER – Lubricate the circulating pump and motor. Have a professional in for maintenance if necessary.
- ROOF – Inspect the roof for any missing. loose or damaged shingles that may need to be replaced. An easy way to inspect the roof to find damaged, loose or missing shingles without risking life and limb is to use a pair of binoculars. If dark streaks and stains blight your roof, it has an algae problem. Moss is not only an aesthetic problem, but it can cause asphalt shingles to curl or lift and blow off in high winds.You can get rid of both problems by using a garden sprayer to apply a 50/50 solution of water and bleach, which you rinse after 10 to 15 minutes.
- DECK OR PORCH – Check the deck or porch to see if they need to be weather treated or stained. Check railings for sturdiness and adjust if necessary. Test several areas of the deck for decay, especially those that tend to stay damp. Two signs: The wood is soft and spongy, and it doesn’t splinter if you poke it with an ice pick or screwdriver.
- SPRINKLER SYSTEM – Replace or fix any valves that are leaking or not working.
- LANDSCAPING – First impressions count! Trim overgrown bushes and plants, and remove weeds. Add a pop of color with seasonal flowers. Mulch flower beds.
- FOUNDATION – Check floors, concrete and walls for any cracking or deterioration.
- AC – Check the filters and operation of your air conditioning units, before you need them. For about $100 to $200, a technician will tune up your cooling system to manufacturer-rated efficiency — and you won’t sweat the first hot weekend with an out-of-commission air conditioner.
- BATHROOMS – Inspect the caulking around the base of the shower and sinks.
If you need help finding professionals who can assist you with this checklist, our office has a list of recommended vendors. Just ask!