As the weather warms, we immediately start getting into prep and plan mode.
Whether it’s planting bulbs in your garden, or getting the patio furniture ready for those warm summer nights—it’s easy to forget about the other maintenance work that needs to get done around the house to make sure we preserve our living spaces.
It’s easy to overlook the damage that has begun during the colder season, and if you let it set for too long, you could be looking at repairs that aren’t easily fixed.
Here’s a handy Spring home maintenance checklist to help you check all of the spots in and around your home that matter.
Start With the Exterior
Work from top to bottom.
Inspect the roof
Winter months are particularly tough on your roof and chimneys.
If you live in a state that has heavy snowfall for months at a time, the accumulated snow carries with it weight and the potential to wreak havoc through water damage.
Same can be said for those who don’t experience snow, but do see wind, or heavy rain downpour.
Don’t feel the need to immediately climb up onto your roof as soon as it dries.
Instead, take a pair of binoculars and look at it from a distance first. Do you see anything out of the ordinary, i.e. loose, shifted, or cracked shingles? Failed fasteners, or nails that are popping up?
If anything has moved, shifted, or come undone, this will lead to water being let in through those open areas. Water damage is not a fun fix, so catch it before it begins.
Check your chimney
If you have a classic masonry chimney, it’s important to check the joints between the bricks, stones, or whatever stone material it’s made out of.
Check for fallen stones, weathered areas, and vegetation. These are all signs that there is some form of infiltration.
Make sure that the material of your chimney is doing its job of repelling water properly, and not just absorbing it.
If you can spot white calcium like deposits anywhere on the stone, you should consider re-sealing your chimney with a water-resistant material.
Clean out your rain gutters
Clean out any debris that’s settled in your rain gutters.
If the debris has lead to the gutters sagging, reattach or replace the portions that are beyond repair.
Make sure to reseal any portions that have holes or gaps, and that the downspouts face away from the exterior of your home.
Check every exterior wall
No matter what materials your home is built of, look for signs of trouble.
Check for water stains in stucco materials, and wood gaps in wood materials.
Take a good look at your home’s foundation
If you’re seeing large cracks in the masonry of your home’s foundation, talk to a professional as soon as possible to get the problem fixed.
The foundation may just need to be re-caulked, or the cracks may be a sign of something far more serious.
Move to the Interior
As you’re running through your normal spring cleaning routine, be sure to check and do these things to keep the interior of your home in tiptop shape.
Open your windows
Make sure that when the weather is nice, you’re opening all of your windows.
Not only are you welcoming the warmth of a nice spring breeze, but opening your windows is an effective way to naturally aerate your home.
This will also give you a chance to check for a few things: mold, and the seal of your window.
A window that isn’t properly sealed on the inside as well as outside can be inefficient at keeping your home warm in the winter, and cool in the summer.
Check for mold. Mold easily builds where moisture is present, and as moisture travels through the cracks of your window bases, it’s a good practice to clean those areas thoroughly at least once a year.
Inspect your basement and attic
Again, in the areas we may not commonly find ourselves in, mold and water leaks are particularly common.
Check for water damage, and water stains. These can lead to some serious mold issues.
Perform a thorough home safety check
There’s no better time than now to replace all the batteries in your smoke detectors, to make sure exhaust fans in your home are working as they should, and that any fire aids, like extinguishers, are intact.
If something is out of date, or no longer working, replace them promptly.