With May well upon us, temperatures have started to rise and you need to have your home prepared for what is coming. Assuming you have had the opportunity to really get going on your home’s Spring maintenance needs – shared back in March (Click here for that checklist) – you’ll need to focus on some additional needs, to continue maintaining your investment.
There are many things you can do to prepare your home for warmer weather as spring approaches. Here is a checklist of further spring maintenance tasks:
- Cut back overgrown trees and shrubbery, which can damage your home; ensure all dead branches, etc. are removed and cannot become fuel in Summer heat.
- Ensure any sump/sewage pump is operating properly.
- Re-level any exterior steps or decks that present a trip hazard.
- Examine the foundation walls for cracks, leaks or signs of moisture and repair as required (cracks can easily let water in).
- Undertake other spring landscaping maintenance and, if necessary, fertilize young trees.
- Clean windows, screens and hardware. Check screens first and repair or replace, if needed.
- Check caulking around doors and windows for air and water leaks.
- Clean and re-paint all vulnerable exterior surfaces (note – there are minimal temperature and environmental conditions needed to ensure a successful outcome).
- Now is the time to think about re-painting decks and fences, after repairing.
- Check operation of overhead garage doors and lubricate moving parts, as needed.
- Check your water heater – consult the manual – and check the temperature relief valve to ensure it is not stuck closed. CAUTION: this test may release hot water that can cause burns, so keep away from the discharge tube exit.
- Check smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms and replace batteries (if you still haven’t).
- Shut down and clean/service the furnace and filter.
- Clean or replace all filters (if applicable). Have appliances serviced every year.
- Irrigation/sprinkler systems can also be reset; however adhere to watering restrictions.
- Air-out basements & crawl spaces, against lingering dampness.
- Check fences, against rot/leaning and gates no longer working.
- Determine whether your roof will last another year or not.
- Deep-clean and air-out your home.
- Ensure your garden tools are sharp, lubricated as needed and ready for action.
If you have questions or concerns or you don’t feel comfortable with any of these spring home maintenance tasks (need a good referral), Glenn Duxbury at Duxbury & Associates can help. Feel free to contact Glenn & his team for any type of home inspection or consulting.