A Spring Home Repair Checklist and Home Maintenance Guide
Spring has sprung, and it’s now time to emerge from your home and see how your house faired through the cold Winter months. Check off a few of these Spring home repairs from your checklist, and rest assured that your home will emerge strong and refreshed for the coming Summer months.
Most of these repairs can be handled on your own, but if you feel uncomfortable completing any of them, be sure to request the help of a professional.
Examine your home’s foundation. Cold temperatures and freeze/thaw conditions aren’t exactly ideal for your home’s foundation, especially if there were cracks or fissures left untreated in the Winter. Take a walk around your home and examine the foundation for any large cracks. Also be sure to notice if any cracks are close to a water source – be cautious of any moisture entering your home.
Clear the basement window wells. A few extra leaves may have fallen here in the Fall and been buried by snow. Pests and critters love to burrow in leaves here, so be sure to remove any potential hideaways for them.
Check gutters and drainspouts. Given the amount of Spring and Summer rain, you’ll want to ensure that your spouts are working properly. Clear any debris and test the spouts with a hose.
Trim any nearby limbs. Love that beautiful tree beside your home? A Summer thunderstorm could sent one of its limbs through a window. Trim back any limbs that look too close for comfort.
Clean your laundry dryer vent. Make sure that it appears to be in good shape and clean any lint from it. Letting this one go can actually be a source for a future fire.
Examine/reinstall your air conditioner. If you have a unit outside, clear it off and inspect its condition. If you use window units, uncover them and install.
Check your roof. Freeze/thaw conditions and supporting pounds of snow throughout the Winter may have done some damage to your roof. Examine your roof from the ground with binoculars or hire a professional to climb onto the roof. Pay particular attention to any missing or curled shingles. If you notice small trees or moss growing, examine the inside below it for moisture or call a professional.