You’ve heard of spring cleaning, but don’t forget about spring maintenance too! Regular maintenance can help make sure your home lasts a lifetime. Here’s a handy checklist for your spring home maintenance:
Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures can damage your home’s exterior. While inspecting your yard and the outside of your home, pay special attention to these areas:
- Roof: Examine shingles for signs of wear and tear. Shingles that are cracked, buckled, loose, or missing granules will need to be replaced. Ensure gutters are free of debris and that water can flow freely away from your home. Have your chimney cleaned and inspected once a year if you have a fireplace.
- Exterior: Inspect your home’s foundation and any concrete slabs for cracks or movement, and have necessary repairs completed by a professional. Check your fence, deck, window/door frames, and any other wooden fixtures for signs of wood rot, and replace any warped or loose boards. Touch up any exterior paint, and replace any damaged siding to keep your home looking great.
- Yard: Ensure equipment is in working order, especially if you have a gas-powered grill. Keeping your sprinkler system in good shape can also help you save money on your water bill.
While we clean the inside of our homes on a regular basis, some things require a bit more attention when it comes to maintenance. Here are some things to watch out for:
- Attic: Insulation may wear out over time, especially if it has been damaged by water. Ensure your home’s insulation is sufficient, and check your attic for signs of pests. Look for leaks or signs of water damage, and contact us for mold testing services if needed.
- Ventilation: Well maintained systems will operate more efficiently, so schedule an appointment to have your furnace and air conditioner serviced. Clean any lint from your dryer vent, and give the kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans a clean as well. Make sure window screens are free from holes and tears.
- Basement: Test your sump pump by slowly pouring water into the well until the float turns the pump on. Check your basement walls for signs of cracks and water damage.
While many of these tasks can be performed by homeowners, some signs of damage can remain hidden. A professional home inspection can help you avoid any unpleasant surprises. Visit our website or call (712) 274-9617 to book an inspection today!