CHECKLIST: Get your home ready for warmer weather!

Spring is right around the corner and, as you likely know, we like to make sure our clients are well prepared. With that in mind, we have put together our must-read spring home maintenance checklist for you to get started on.

Spring is usually the time of year to assess how well last year’s maintenance work held up over the cold winter months and to see what other work needs to be done. It is also often the first chance homeowners have to review the condition of their roofs, after the ravages of snow and ice throughout the winter.

You should not expect to go out and get started on all of these items today, but it is always a good idea to get a head start and prepare as best you can.

So please, check out our list of home maintenance tasks to prepare for the change in season, so you can enjoy the warmer weather without having to keep worrying about your home!

Spring Preparation Home Maintenance Checklist

  1. Using binoculars, if you’re not comfortable looking from a ladder, check for cracked, broken or missing shingles. Any roofer will be able to make any needed repairs.
  2. Pay particular attention to metal and applied flashings — the sheet metal/caulking used to waterproof around chimneys may have shriveled-up, cracked and/or peeled away, resulting in problematic and damaging leaks. A roofing contractor can help and also check in your attic during a rain event (or immediately after).
  3. You may also find the mortar and brick or stone at your chimney to be a little worse for wear after a long winter. This usually calls for selective brick/stone repair or replacement and a little mortar repair known as “re-pointing.”  If you know or suspect you need work, consult a qualified stone or brick mason.
  4. Check gutters and downspouts for loose joints and secure attachment to your home. Clear any debris and ensure water only flows away from your foundation (not inside).
  5. Check upper ceilings for mould or water stains.
  6. Examine the foundation walls for cracks, leaks or signs of moisture and repair as required (cracks can easily let water in).
  7. If you have a crawl space, check to ensure it’s dusty dry and critter-free as well as mould-free.
  8. Open valves to outside hose connections after all danger of frost has passed and re-connect garden hoses.
  9. Ensure any sump pump is operating properly before spring rains and snow melt let all the water drain in toward the foundation and cause damage your insurance company will not appreciate (and may refuse to cover).
  10. Re-level any exterior steps, patios or decks that have moved as a result of frost-heave or settling.
  11. Check for and seal-off any openings on the exterior that could be an entry-point for small pests, such as rodents, squirrels and/or insects.
  12. Snow-clearing and ice melt can leave your concrete driveway and pathways looking like a war zone. When it comes to repairing concrete, the good news is that it is easy and fairly inexpensive. If you simply can’t live with the look of the repaired concrete, don’t go pulling out the jackhammer just yet. Consider applying a penetrating, pigmented concrete stain for uniformity.
  13. Clean windows, screens and hardware. Check screens first and repair or replace, as needed.
  14. Check caulking around doors and windows for air and water leaks.
  15. Clean and re-paint exterior surfaces.
  16. Now is the time to think about renewing decks and fences, after repairing.
  17. Check the movement of overhead garage doors and lubricate moving parts as needed. Tighten all hinge-fasteners for safety.
  18. Check your water heater – consult the manual – and check the temperature relief valve to ensure it is not stuck closed.
  19. Check smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms and replace batteries.
  20. Shut down and clean/service the furnace filter as well as HRV’s.
  21. Clean/replace the range-hood filter and clean your bathroom-fan grilles.
  22. Irrigation/sprinkler systems can also be reset in preparation for spring.
  23. Get your lawn preparation ready and complete any overdue pruning.


We hope you found this seasonal list helpful. Please feel free to share it!

If you have any questions about home maintenance, or any other needs, please contact Glenn at Duxbury & Associates today!

About Glenn Duxbury

Duxbury & Associates Building Inspection and Consulting Ltd. has received the 2004 Douglas College Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the ‘Consulting’ category for persistence and pursuit of excellent service delivery to clients by providing very thorough and professional Inspection Reports and dedication to those involved in buying / selling / building / renovating and maintaining uncompromised customer focus.