Most of the world is currently trying to find out what to do with this extra time they have due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Spring is a great time to both declutter and start fresh. Along with organizing closets and cleaning out cabinets, spring is the perfect time to check some home maintenance off your list. Like many things in our lives, homes need regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. Here are some checklists that we think will make it easier when tackling these spring home projects.
Roof and Gutters Checklist
According to Home Advisoropens a new window, winter weather can damage your home’s roof, gutters, and downspouts
- CLEAN GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS: The 1st step is to clear out any debris in the gutters and check that all downspouts are facing away from the home. The 2nd step is to check for any potential clogs by using a hose to fill the gutters and see if water exits the downspouts. According to BobBilaopens a new window, if the water does not exit the downspouts, a clog could be remaining. Tools such as a plumber’s snake can help eliminate tougher clogs that are not flushed out by the water. By clearing out debris from the gutters and downspouts, you are helping avoid water backing up towards your home and causing damage.
- CHECK GUTTERS FOR DAMAGE: Check the gutter system for holes or cracks.
- CHECK FOR ROOF DAMAGE: 1st check the roof for any damage or missing shingles. 2nd check the attic for any leaks or signs of moisture. If you find any problems, contact your insurance agent to see if your homeowner’s policy might help cover repairs.
Air Conditioning System Checklist
Prepare for warmer weather by making sure your air conditioner is working properly. Angie’s Listopens a new window recommends these next steps.
- INSPECT THE AC UNIT PANELS: Check the panels surrounding your unit to make sure they are secured properly, and no damage has occurred.
- CLEAR AWAY DEBRIS: 1st check and remove leaves, sticks, and other debris around the exterior of the unit that may interfere with the air conditioner. 2nd check for and remove any debris inside the unit that may interfere with the air conditioner. According to the American Society of Home Inspectorsopens a new window, any unremoved debris can cause damage once the air conditioner is turned on.
- CHANGE THE AIR FILTER: Check and swap out your system’s filters regularly to ensure no debris has gathered.
Exterior Maintenance Checklist
Weather can cause some damage around the exterior of your home. Listed below are items you should inspect regularly according to HomeAdvisoropens a new window.
- Siding: Check your home for any signs of damage to the siding. You will want to replace any pieces that are weathered or are cracking.
- Windows: 1st check the windows for peeling or cracked caulk around the seals. You will need to repair these to prevent water damage. 2nd check that the window screens are secured and there are no holes to keep bugs out.
- Deck: Check your deck for any signs of aging. You will want to check for any loose or deteriorating boards. At a minimum, you will want to treat your wood decks every 6 years.
- Foundations: Check for any cracks in your home’s mortar if you have a brick house. If you have a basement, check both the walls and floor for any cracks. If you find any cracks, you may want to contact a professional to inspect the area to determine if further action is required.
- Landscaping: Spring offers the perfect weather conditions to check your landscaping as well. Trim back shrubs and trees away from your home. Regular trimming will prevent your landscape from damaging your home’s siding.
What better time to do home maintenance than now? This checklist will help you prepare for the upcoming months and protect you and your family from potential issues. We hope you have a safe and fun spring!
When working on your gutters and roof, use caution. If you are not comfortable inspecting or cleaning these parts of your home, contact a professional for help. Even though you may be able to do some maintenance yourself on your AC unit, it is always a good idea to schedule a professional tune-up.