It’s been a rough winter for much of the nation, with record snowfall in some areas and record cold in others. Given the harshness of the season, you’re probably ready to welcome spring, even if that means it’s time to do some maintenance around the house.
Just like you prepare your home for the winter months, it’s helpful to get it ready for the rain and warmer weather that’s soon to come. Spring is also storm season for many areas, which comes with its own maintenance issues for homeowners.
While your home’s needs are unique, we’ve gathered a list of some common maintenance steps you may want to add to your checklist:
1. Examine and clean out your gutters so they are ready to handle the upcoming rainy season. This is also a great time to make sure that your downspouts are secure and that they direct all water far away from your foundation.
2. Fall and winter weather leave plenty of debris behind, like dead leaves and branches. Now is the time to remove these items from your property. You might want to call in a professional for safe removal of dead branches that could break off during storms.
3. Once the snow is gone you’ll want to walk around your home and look for any cracks in your foundation. You may want to wait until the last freeze of the season, but keeping a close eye on your foundation can help you spot small issues that can be fixed before they become large, costly repairs.
4. Your roof gets treated pretty harshly with snow and ice, but it also gets beaten up with spring storms. This means you’ll want to check your roof for signs of loose tiles, leaks or other problems before the first thunderstorm of the year hits.
5. Many homes have wood trim, posts, shutters, or other wood elements. This is a great time to inspect them for signs of damage, from bug infestations to rotting. You’ll want to do the same thing to your siding, stucco or brickwork. If you do see something that’s amiss, call a professional immediately.
6. HVAC systems work hard all year around, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This means spring, with its more mild temperatures, is a great time to have it inspected and maintained without the inconvenience.
Remember, your home is unique and might require additional maintenance. And last but not least, don’t hesitate to call a professional if you find something you can’t handle. This can save you money in the long run and protect your home from serious damage.