Springtime has come around again, and with the warmer air and brighter days comes the desire to get our homes looking fresh and well-maintained. Spring seems to have that effect on every homeowner. However, it can be rather tricky and even overwhelming to know where to start when it comes to Spring home maintenance. The following article provides a convenient and straightforward checklist to ensure home maintenance plans for Spring are successful.
1. Home Maintenance for Your Driveway And Sidewalks
Winter can be cruel to driveways and sidewalks. Of course, this is especially the case for homeowners who live in areas with harsh winter weather. However, all homes can suffer from damage to driveways and sidewalks, even when the winters are mild.
Take the time to inspect the driveways and sidewalks and note any damage or potential damage. If you have asphalt, it can more than likely be patched and repaired. However, concrete damage may require a more significant repair or replacement.
2. Maintenance for Faucets, Sprinklers, and Water Hose
Different homes have different systems when it comes to outdoor faucets and watering capabilities. Some homes have irrigation systems, while others may have simple pipes and faucets. Whatever the case, it is an essential part of Spring maintenance to ensure that all are working correctly.
Check each of the sprinkler heads to ensure that none have their aim pointed towards the house or windows. It is also good to make sure any sprinkler heads will not create any type of water build-up in the yard.
Also, take the time to check the garden hose to ensure there are no holes and replace the hose if necessary.
3. Woodwork Repair and Maintenance
Many homes have wooden fences, decking areas, or pergolas. Re-sealing wooden structures every year, or even every few years if they seem to be in good shape, can significantly increase their lifespan. Ultimately this will save homeowners money in the long run. Spring is the ideal time to check all woodwork and wood structures outside and carry out necessary repairs and re-sealing work.
4. Termite Inspection
Termites are pests that many homeowners dread, and unfortunately, they can plague many a home. The best way to avoid a lot of heartache and expense from these pests is to catch the problem early. Take the time in the Spring months while carrying out the woodwork inspection to carefully look for any signs of termites. If caught early, it may be possible to treat it yourself. However, calling in the experts is always the safest option for reducing the risk of further problems down the line.
5. Roof Inspection
While you are busy performing home maintenance for things within ground-level sight, it can be easy to overlook the need for roof maintenance. It is a good idea to have a roof inspection at least once each year. The Spring months are ideal for your roof inspection. The first thing to do is visually examine the roof. To safely inspect your roof on the ground, use a pair of binoculars. Be sure to address any signs of damage quickly by contacting a roofer to carry out a professional roof inspection and repairs as needed.
6. Foundation Check
Another part of your home that can suffer during the cold, winter months is your foundation. Floods in the yard due to heavy snow or rainfall can take their toll and result in foundation damage. A thorough inspection in Spring will highlight any issues that have developed.
7. Power Washing Your Home And Outdoor Spaces
Power washing is a great way to transform tired and dreary-looking exteriors into clean and refreshed surfaces. Use a good quality pressure washer to remove all moss, mold, and dirt clinging to the exterior of your house, driveway, patio, sidewalks, and anywhere else that looks like it needs a good dose of TLC.
8. Landscaping Maintenance
Most people love to be in the garden in the Spring months. Everything is just starting to wake up and come alive, and the time spent outdoors caring for the landscape can be refreshing to the soul. Landscaping that is properly cared for will provide a beautiful view for you and anyone that passes by your home.
9. Window Cleaning Is A Must
Many homeowners are happy to clean their windows; however, having a professional window cleaner take care of your windows, upstairs and downstairs, can make a big difference. A professional window cleaner will also advise on any damage to windows and window sills that require repair.
10. Paint The Exterior Of Your Home
Exterior paint on your home can easily chip or crack, and even a tiny chipped area can significantly bring down the home’s appearance. It also leaves your home open to damage. Exterior house paint can brighten up your home and help to protect your property.
11. Service Your AC Unit
No one wants to deal with a problem with their AC unit in the hot summer months. Use the time in Spring to have the unit inspected and ensure any repair work is complete timely. As a related note, change the air filters in your home monthly to ensure your HVAC unit works at its optimum level.
12. Cleaning and Maintenance of Gutters
Gutters can quickly get blocked during the Fall and Winter. The moisture that gets trapped inside can quickly cause mold or mildew, neither of which are friends to keeping a home well maintained. When cleaning the gutters, make sure downspouts point away from the house. Doing so will help reduce the risk of foundation damage.
Sit Back and Enjoy!
Indeed, it may take a little time and effort to carry out a thorough Spring home maintenance, but the benefits to your home and property are well worth the time. Once you check off each of the tasks on your home maintenance list, it’s time to sit back and enjoy a job well done.
If you find that you have yard waste or any other type of waste that needs hauling off, contact KC Dumpster Company. We can quickly deliver a dumpster to your home and haul away any unwanted debris.