With the warmer weather finally sticking around, now is a good time to start your home’s spring maintenance check list. Winter can be harsh on your house, and spring is a great time to check and make sure no major damages have occurred before the summer heat waves hit. By making a maintenance check, you will prevent possible damage from becoming worse and requiring extensive repairs. You will also keep your house in the best possible shape for you and your family’s comfort.
Maintaining your home’s physical appearance can aid in resale value and passing home inspections with flying colors when you do go to sell. Travelers.com recommends checking “both the inside and outside of the home for damage or wear and tear, as well as evidence of any unwanted guests such as wildlife or rodents.” While walking the perimeter of your home, you should make sure to clean out your gutters and downspouts. According to Family Handyman, “clogged gutters and downspouts cause the wood trim at the eaves to rot, and that can invite all kinds of critters into your attic space… [it] can also help prevent damage from the spring rains.” This is because clogged gutters will prevent the water from flowing away from your home’s foundation, which can cause some relatively severe water damage over time.
Other areas of your home that should be inspected for damage include your roof and yard; which, if damaged, can lead to water damage and safety concerns for your home. HGTV.com states that “low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage.” Flooding and areas of standing water can also lead to breeding grounds for insects such as mosquitos. You will also want to inspect your roof. Family Handyman suggests looking “for missing shingles, metal pipes that are damaged or missing or anything that simply doesn’t look right.” By proactively examining the roof, it can be possible to prevent possible future water damage by discovering damage before a leak occurs.
The exterior of the home is not the only area susceptible to damages throughout the winter months. It is a good idea to get into the habit of checking your home’s interior as well. Some areas that you can do preventative maintenance on include your washer and dryer by checking and cleaning their vents and hoses to prevent any possible leaks or dryer fires. Money.usnews.com also advises that “a clean [dryer] vent will save you money by reducing the time your dryer has to run.” Other safety measures to be put in place include checking and changing the batteries in your smoke detector.
Another area of your home that should be checked and cleaned annually includes your HVAC unit. Family Handyman states that “home inspectors see a lot of air conditioning systems that are just not taken care of… [and that] to get the longest life out of your cooling system and keep it running as efficiently as possible, change the filters at least once each season, and hire a licensed professional to service the equipment before the start of summer.” It is also imperative to keep any vegetation surrounding the AC compressor cut back. This is to ensure it has good airflow and is able to work efficiently according to money.usnews.com.
There are many more areas of your home that could use a springtime maintenance checkup, including your chimney and investigating any possible termite infestations; however, these are some of the top ones. It would be beneficial to walk throughout your home, inside and out, and see what needs repairs, what could have been damaged during the winter months, and what electrical systems you have that could use a tune up or a thorough cleaning and add it to your list of spring maintenance. By getting in the habit of creating a personalized list for your home and doing scheduled maintenance every year, you can prevent any serious and expensive repairs or damages to your home.