The Twin Cities saw one of its coldest winters in nearly a decade! As spring arrives, most of us are eager to open windows, clean out closets, and uncover patio furniture! But home ownership requires going the extra mile, at least if you want to maintain your property value and avoid costly surprises. Our harsh winters can take their toll — both inside and out– so today’s blog will give you a practical checklist to help you prioritize your spring home maintenance.
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Start Outside with the Exterior
___ Check for cracks in any sidewalks or stoops.
___ Check driveway condition; does it need sealing or other repair?
___ Inspect the roof (if you can do so safely); do you see signs of loose or broken shingles?
___ Can you see any signs of wear like cracks or missing mortar on the chimney? Make sure a flue cap is installed.
___ Clean gutters and downspouts if they are clogged with any debris.
___ Ensure all downspouts are intact and connected and draining at least 6 feet from foundation.
___ Check the exterior paint; is it chipping or peeling?
___ Check foundation for cracks or signs of water pooling. Caulk smaller cracks, call for help with bigger.
___ Check window condition and note if washing is necessary. Examine caulk at corners and update as needed.
___ Remove storm windows and replace with screens if desired.
___ Fill in any gaps/holes in siding or exterior where pests could enter.
___ Schedule air-conditioner service so it’s ready for use. Check insulation around condensate line for holes.
___ Check deck for any algae, protruding nails, or cracked wood. Pressure wash and maintain finish as needed.
___ During heavier rains, go outside with an umbrella/raincoat and check for puddles within 6’ of foundation.
Time to Move Inside
___ Replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
___ Check attic for any roof leaks or disconnected ductwork. While examining, check for any signs of pests.
___ Check under sinks to ensure no signs of leaks.
___ Replace furnace filter.
___ Dust easily-overlooked areas (baseboards, top of cabinets, blinds).
___ Deep-clean kitchen appliances (stovetop, oven, microwave, dishwasher).
___ Check window and door seals for cracks or leaks.
___ Check your sump pump to ensure it is draining properly (at least 10 feet away from the house).
___ Install sump pump battery-backup if you don’t already have one.
___ Check basement for damp areas after rain.
___ Schedule chimney cleaning, if necessary.
___ Schedule air duct cleaning, if necessary.
Take heart — this list was compiled by a home inspector! Most tasks are DIY (Do It Yourself) but for some jobs, you may wish to enlist the help of a handyman or other qualified professional. We have some trusted resources listed on our website if you need a starting point. Maintaining your home takes time and money and most would agree… it’s a worthwhile investment!