Don’t just spring clean… Get going on your spring home maintenance today!
Spring is in the air and that means that you’re probably thinking about spring cleaning. Hold on though! You also need to be thinking about some key spring home maintenance items as well! Doing these 8 things at least once a year will save you time, money, and a big headache down the road. The goal is to prevent things from going wrong or catching little problems early BEFORE they become major problems.
We created a handy check list of 8 spring maintenance items you should be checking every year. As a matter of fact, you can probably get these done in one weekend and then you don’t have to worry!
1. Check your gutters and down spouts
Gutters and down spouts get all clogged up over the winter with leaves and debris. Get up on a ladder every spring and clear that gunk out. It will save you leaks, breaks, pools of stagnant water and a big repair bill.
2. Inspect your roof
Most roofs will last around 12-25+ years (depending on the material) IF, and only if they are inspected regularly and repaired. While you’re up on the ladder cleaning your gutters and drain spouts, take a moment and climb up on your roof. Look for loose roofing, pooled water, or curling shingles.
It can be very affordable to repair your roof regularly. If your roof ends up leaking during those springtime showers, it can cost you thousands in damages PLUS the money to repair or get a new roof.
It’s a good idea to check your roof both in the spring and the fall. Just to be safe.
3. Check seals on windows and doors
Check and repair any seals on window sills, door sills, and thresholds. Look for damaged or peeling caulk, splinters, loose panes and gaps. While you are at it, check and repair any screens – you’ll be glad to be able to open those windows and air out your home without bugs getting in! Here is a handy guide for how to caulk your windows.
4. Give some love to your deck
Already planning the first BBQ of the season? Better get that deck ready. Just like your roof, you want to inspect it every spring. Look for cracks, greying wood, loose joints and water seeping in. Every 3-5 years you’ll want to stain and seal your deck to keep it from weathering. A final step? Give it a good pressure wash to get it ready for that backyard party!
5. Filter out those dirty filters
Guys. HVAC filters get D.I.R.T.Y. They collect dust, pollen, pet hair and dirt. And then recirculate all those things back through your house if you don’t clean or replace them regularly. This is something you’ll want to check several times a year.
6. Don’t forget about your dryer and refrigerator
When doing spring home maintenance, don’t forget to check your dryer vent. It gets clogged up and makes your dryer work that much harder. Which makes your electricity bill go up.
And while you’re at it, check your refrigerator coils. Chances are they need a good vacuum. Not only are they really gross when they are covered in dust, they also make your fridge less efficient.
7. Drain that water heater
Your water heater should be 100% drained a couple of times a year. The reason? All kinds of minerals and sediment build up in the bottom. Which equals corrosion and water that doesn’t heat as fast as you’d like.
8. Test your smoke detectors
This spring home maintenance item can literally save your life. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and put fresh batteries in. While you’re at it why not make sure that your family knows what to do when an alarm goes off. A household fire drill goes a long way.
Need a hand?
Check out our list of trusted vendors, contractors, supplier and all around handy types who can help you if you run into problems (or they can just take care of this stuff for you). They’ll give you a hand with the whole spring home maintenance thing!