Spring Has Sprung! Let’s Clean the House
When you imagine of the four seasons, certain images instantly come to mind. For summer, its swimming pools, lawnmowers and barbecue grills. For fall, its turkeys, footballs and pumpkins. Winter is snowmen, stockings and hot chocolate. And spring? How about mop, brushes and buckets? Though the season is a sign of new birth, it’s also the time when most people take the instance to clean up.
Spring House Maintenance For You!
Once spring has sprung, take some time to give your home a check-up along with its annual spring cleaning. Adding up some home maintenance tips to your schedule can assist your house function more proficiently. Precautionary maintenance is vital to the value of your abode. Keep your place in best shape with usual check-ups to put aside the headache and cost of emergency repairs.
Like many of us, homes require a tune up after the long winter months. Everything right from the roof to the sump pump requires an once-over after the season has taken its toll. For centuries, spring has been the cleaning time of year. In America, the thought of spring cleaning has become a custom for very sensible reasons. The cold and darkness that captured you in your house all winter grow fainter and are substituted longer days and warmer weather.
With much work to do, the job might appear overwhelming. The trick is to get organized. Prepare detailed lists of each set of tasks, possibly divided by room. After that, schedule one at a time, collect your tools, and get to it. Don’t allow the sum threaten you from beginning the parts.
Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
To help you protect your most priceless asset —your home—check with these potential issues and find out how to fix them. To make things easier, download our home maintenance checklist that covers all four seasons.
Foundation, Masonry & Exterior Surfaces
- Test out chimney for loose, deteriorated or missing mortar. Mend problems.
- Verify floors, concrete, floors and masonry for cracking, deterioration or jam packed. Repair problems.
- Check for the patio, deck, porch and railings and external stairs for any damage. Fix now or this summer.
- Take away debris from downspouts and gutters. Make sure you repair the leaks.
- Check grading for proper slope away from foundation walls. Build up soil wherever required.
- Ensure all wood surfaces-particularly at the soil level for peeling paint, dry not and weathering. Fix now or this summer.
- Verify for open closures, bald areas or blisters on flat roofs. Get these fixed.
- Test out flashing around sidewalls and surface projections.
- Check antenna wires for possible leak sources.
- Check for any loose, missing or damaged shingles. Have these substituted.
- Check roof louvers for plugging or damage such as bird nests.
- Check front and soffits for damage and deterioration.
- If ice dams were a difficulty last winter, have your garret property ventilated and insulated.
- Check crawl space and basement for leaking water or moisture. Pay attention to all moisture problems.
- Replace or repair broken windows or torn screens. Substitute broken sash ropes or hold-open devices.
- Open vents crawl spaces in basements and open vents in crawl space.
- Check your smoke detector when you alter clocks in advance.
- Check your home’s cooling system before summer arrives.
- Take notice of slow drains or back-ups. If required, clean your drain pipes before a really big back-up occurs.
- Once windows can be opened, do varnishing, interior painting or other projects where smell can be a problem.
Lawn & Landscape
- Spring is planting time of year, and a big time to clean up the yard from the winter.
- Plant shrubs, trees, vegetables or flowers.
- If required, apply pre-emergent weed preventer. Fertilize lawn, if wanted.
- Plant grass seed in bare patches.
- Take away left-over fallen leaves, lawn debris and dead plants. Trim bushes that brush against the house.
- Unless trees are damaged by storm, postpone tree trimming until autumn or winter when it’s better to trim trees.
Consult this comprehensive checklist for undoing winter’s damage to your home. Take care for these issues every year and your home will express thanks to you. Make sure you pay attention to other important things in your life such as reviewing your financial needs this year, ensuring you have adequate insurance coverage, health coverage etc.