Part of being a homeowner means staying on top of your property maintenance. Winter can be tough on our homes, and spring is the perfect opportunity to give your home the attention it needs to recover! When you take the time to do a deep spring clean and inspect your home at the beginning of the season, you can then budget time and money to make any changes, improvements or repairs that are necessary. Here is our complete spring property maintenance checklist to assess any damage that may have occurred over winter and prep for (hopefully) a long hot summer.
Outdoor Home Care & Maintenance
Snow accumulation and the general wear and tear of winter can do a number on your roof, walls, windows and overall exterior of your home. Use this list and take the opportunity to inspect your home for any damage or areas that need improvement.
Inspect Your Roof
You can either use binoculars from the ground or climb up a ladder, to check your shingles for damage. Look for popped nails, missing or shifted shingles and any other signs of damage.
Examine Exterior Walls
Take a careful look under eaves and near gutter downspouts for water stains. Water stains could indicate your gutters are not adequately containing roof run-off from rain and snow. If you do notice damage to your siding and shingles, it most likely means you need them replaced.
Take a Look at the Chimney
Winter weather conditions like moisture from rain, sleet and snow as well as freezing temperatures and high winds can result in damage to your chimney’s masonry. With this in mind, it’s important that you check for masonry damage to your chimney and fireplace at the beginning of the spring season. When looking at your chimney, if you see fallen joints in the masonry or the presence of growing plants these are signs that water has gotten in.
Watch Your Weather-Stripping
Inspect the exterior of your windows to make sure that all the weather-stripping has remained intact. You want to be sure there is no leakage around windows, so you’re not losing warm air in the winter and cold air in the summer.
Assess the Deck and Patio
Check your deck for warped, loose or splintered boards. Look to see if you need to re-stain it, expand it or fix it up. Also, take the opportunity to consider if you want to expand or improve your patio or deck for entertaining or a play area for your kids.
Prep Your Yard for Summer
While this step is a little more labour intensive than inspecting the exterior of your home for damage, it is a crucial property maintenance task to make sure you have a gorgeous green yard for summer. To prepare your lawn in the spring start by raking up all the debris in your yard that has surfaced after the snowmelt, this helps expose your lawn to more sunlight and oxygen to help it recover from winter. After raking, if you notice your ground its hard and the soil quite compact, aerate the grass. Aeration allows for more nutrients, oxygen and water to enter the soil and reach the roots of your grass. Finally, over-seed your lawn (try to do this after the final snowfall of the year – although we know this is almost impossible to predict), fertilize and water your lawn once a week.
Indoor Home Care & Maintenance
After you’ve inspected the outside of your home for damage and prepared your yard for summer, it’s time to move inside. Before you start examining your interior for damage, we recommend you do some spring cleaning. Move through your home room by room as you clean and keep an eye out for problems like cracks in the walls, mildew deposits and damage to the flooring or ceiling.
Check Your Home Top to Bottom – Attic and Basement Inspection
These areas of your home require frequent inspection. As the uppermost and lowermost regions of your home, they have the most potential for moisture, animal or insect issues. Be sure to take a careful look at the insulation and ventilation to make sure they are functioning optimally. In your basement, look carefully to ensure there are no foundation issues.
Look for Leaks
Check all of your kitchen and bathroom sinks to make sure all the connections to pipes and hoses are properly sealed. Also, look at your dishwasher, washing machine and hot water heater for any sign of corrosion or leaks. Catching leaks early can help you save on your utility bill in the long run.
Have HVAC Systems Inspected
It’s important to have your furnace checked in the fall to make sure it’s in working order. Similarly, if you have an air conditioning system, it’s a good idea to have inspected early in the spring season. The more efficiently your furnace and air conditioning work the more reliable they will be when you need them most. Also, this helps you make sure you’re not overpaying on your utilities.
Whether your home is new, old or somewhere in between – taking an active stance in your homecare and maintenance helps ensure you and your family can enjoy it for years to come. Good luck in your spring cleaning this season, we hope our checklist made the task seem a little more manageable! If in your home inspection you find a home renovation project that you want to start don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.