Spring Home Maintenance Check List
Spring Home Maintenance Check List for Homeowners
As the weather warms, it’s time to start thinking about the exterior of your home.
Here’s a quick list of twenty items to check to keep your house well maintained and fit!
1. Check for loose or leaky gutters.
2. Clean gutters and flush the downspouts.
3. Improper draining of gutter down spouts can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and that the grade slopes away from the house.
4. Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, siding railings and deck boards.
5. From the ground, examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start a budget for replacement which can cost as much as $ 6,000 to 10,000.
6. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified carpenter or roofer.
7. Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
8. Check the chimney flue and cap for cracks or leaking.
9. Inspect concrete steps, patios and slabs for signs of cracks or movement. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk.
10. Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18″ inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure. Many times firewood can attract carpenter ants and termites which then can find their way into your home.
11. Check outside water faucets for freeze damage and leakage. It’s also a good time to replace rubber washers in your garden hose.
12. Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean the air conditioning coils, this is also an easy do-it-yourself project that involves a non-suds cleaner and a spray applicator. Change interior AC filters.
13. Change the oil, the spark plug, clean the air filter and sharpen the blade to your lawn mower.
Change batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. I suggest that you replace them if over 10 years old.
14. Check your fire extinguishers for a full charge. If you don’t have one purchase a multipurpose extinguisher.
15. Make sure the sump pump is operating correctly
16. Prune all landscaping at least a foot away from the house to prevent rot.
17. Check the shutoff valve at each plumbing fixture to make sure they function
18. Clean clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper, and space under the dryer
19. Cleaning the evaporator coils on your refrigerator.