It may not feel like it’s time for this yet, thanks to Mother Nature’s unpredictable ways, but spring is upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about your spring cleaning and maintenance chores.
The changing of the seasons is a natural time to pay some attention to your home and there are certain things you’ll want to do to make sure yours has not suffered winter damage as well as preparing it for the warmer months ahead.
And by tackling these chores a little at a time, you’ll help preserve your home’s value while doing preventative maintenance to help avoid what could be costly repairs down the road.
Here’s a handy checklist to help you through the coming weeks.
Check your sump pump, if you have one, to ensure it’s working before the rest of the spring thaw.
Get your fireplace/wood stove/chimney cleaned and serviced.
Keep cleaning or replacing your furnace air filters until you’re no longer heating for the season. (If you have an HRV, it should be checked every two months.)
Check your dehumidifier, drain it and clean it if needed.
If you’re on a well, test the water quality. (You should test for bacteria every 6 months.)
Check smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms and replace the batteries if you didn’t when the clocks changed.
Clean windows, screens and hardware. Replace storm windows with screens. (This is also an outside task.)
Once all danger of frost has passed, open the valve to your outside hose connection.
Clear out the clutter. You can do this anytime, but spring is a perfect time to declutter and organize. A clutter-free home is also one that’s safer and healthier.
Once the weather warms up a bit, turn on the power to your air conditioner and check the system. (It should be serviced every 2-3 years.). Clean or replace the filter.
Check your foundation walls for cracks, leaks or signs of moisture.
Check your roof (from the ground) for any signs of damage. Call in a pro if needed.
Re-level any steps, decks or patio stones/interlock that moved due to frost or settling, otherwise they can become a tripping hazard, as well as lead to further damage of your property.
Check for and seal any holes in your exterior cladding that could allow in small pests.
Clear your eavestroughs and downspouts of debris and check for loose connections.
Clear all drainage ditches and culverts of debris.
Repair and paint fences where needed, but make sure wood fences are dry before tackling.
Start your spring landscape maintenance; fertilize young trees if needed.
Then, enjoy your home and yard. You’ve earned it!