There are different maintenance tasks you should comply with each season to keep your home in its best shape. Proper maintenance will also prevent any costly repairs that may occur if you neglect important must-do tasks that prepare you for the season.
Check out these 10 home maintenance tips to get your home ready and keep it beautiful this spring.
Service Your AC Unit
Hire a qualified contractor to clean and service your AC unit. Clean coils will help your unit operate more efficiently and at peak performance levels. If you’re willing to attempt the task yourself, it’s a possible, but somewhat lengthy process.
Turn off your home’s power, remove any debris from the unit, clean and straighten fins, clean the area around your unit, level it, then clean your evaporator coil and drain. Lastly, you want to change the blower filter before turning your power back on. Don’t forget to change your interior filters on a regular basis as well for best results.
Clean Out Your Dryer Vent
Clogged dryer vents are a fire hazard that can be easily avoided with this simple task. All you have to do is disconnect the vent from the back of your dryer, then use a dryer vent brush to remove any lint. From the outside of your home, remove the dryer vent cover and remove any lint from the other end. You’ll know it’s cleaned out properly when the vent flat moves freely.
Check Your Gutters
Do a gutter check to find any possible debris or improper drainage, which can lead to further damage and even water in your basement or crawl space. Pay attention to areas where downspouts join the gutter system. If you do find or suspect debris, use a gutter scoop to remove gunk, then make sure you flush gutters with a garden hose to spot any leaks.
While it may be a pain, clean gutters can prevent thousands of dollars of damage to your foundation.
Test Outside Hoses and Faucets
Hoses and faucets may freeze during winter months, so place your finger over the opening to test for damage. If you’re able to stop the flow of water, a pipe inside of your home is likely damaged and needs replacing. If you detect any issues, call a plumber immediately.
Examine Your Roof
Roofs can face lots of damage during winter months when harsh weather hits. Check for cracked or loose shingles and for any missing granules. Also remove all debris so spring rains will properly drain from your roof.
A good rule of thumb – if your home has an older roof, start budgeting for a replacement now so it won’t be such a big hit when the time comes – and it will, eventually. Remember, a roof repair may be cheaper than a replacement, but you should weigh out your options to determine the most cost-effective solution for your roof. Constant repairs could end up costing the same amount as a replacement, especially if your roof is older.
Springtime is an ideal time to paint the exterior of your home because it’s not too hot and not too cold, and latex paint calls for these conditions.
Give your home’s exterior a good pressure wash to remove any dirt and grime and to also expose any cracks or chips in paint that can happen from fluctuations in temperature and other harsh weather conditions. Exposed wood can rot, so scrape off any chipped or peeling paint on exposed surfaces, then repaint and seal.
Trim branches from trees or shrubs to keep them 5 to 7 feet away from your home. Branches can damage roofing and siding by adding moisture and creating easy access for animals to get to your attic and create nests. Spring is the perfect time to tackle this chore before new leaves grow and cover up limbs. Use clean trimmers to prevent the spread of plant diseases, and keep tools sharp to prevent torn bark.
Freezing and thawing is hard on concrete and asphalt. Look for any cracks or signs of movement so you can fill them with concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When it isn’t raining, power-wash concrete, then seal it to prevent any further damage. Keep in mind, concrete may need to be replaced entirely, depending on the amount of damage. Asphalt can likely be patched without any issues.
Fill Low Area in Your Yard
Use compacted soil to fill any low areas you see in your yard or next to your foundation. Consistent spring rains can flood your yard and foundation if not properly planned for. You also want to prevent any standing water, which is the perfect breeding ground for insects.
If mulch from the fall and winter is not too badly decomposed by spring, it’s still usable. To determine this, scoop some up in your hands to see if you can visibly distinguish mulch particles from actual dirt. If you can’t, work old mulch back into the ground so it can serve as a soil amendment. For mulch that is not badly decomposed, rake it aside to make room for new mulch, then work it back into the soil with a spade.
As a homeowner, it’s important to stay on top of home maintenance projects around your home – both its exterior and interior. These 10 tips can help guide you as you tackle your spring home maintenance list to get your home ready and keep it beautiful.
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.