Springtime Home Maintenance Checklist
Refer to the following checklist to make sure you are 100% ready for open windows, fresh air & possibly a time to sell:
1. Check the roof.
If you're comfortable on a ladder, inspect your roof from up high. If not, use binoculars. Look for damaged or missing shingles and signs of rusting, cracking or leaking.
2. Clean out the gutters.
Clear all leaves and debris out of the gutters and downspouts. If they're sagging, reattach the gutters, or replace them with new hardware. Use caulking to seal holes and prevent leaking. Make sure downspouts face away from the foundation of your home for proper draining.
3. Inspect the concrete.
Take a walk around your property to look for cracking in the driveway, walkways or pool deck. You can fill cracks with concrete filler or silicone caulk, but if the concrete is severely damaged, you may want to replace it entirely.
4. Check outside faucets.
Inspect hose faucets for freeze damage by turning on the water and placing a finger over the opening. If that stops the water flow, the pipe may be damaged. Call a professional to inspect your pipes.
5. Inspect the air conditioning unit.
Remove debris from around the cooling unit, and change the filters. To help your unit run properly in the upcoming months, follow these steps to make your system more efficient. Spring is also the ideal time to schedule a professional HVAC tune-up.
6. Give the deck some attention.
Check the deck for signs of water stains, discoloration and warping. Look for rusty or loose nails, and make sure the railings and stairs are safely secured. Replace rotting or lifting boards.
7. Repair and reseal woodwork.
In addition to the deck, you'll also want to focus on wooden fences, railings and trellises if you have them. It’s important to give these wood structures some TLC as they are prone to rot and decay.
8. Run the sprinklers.
Turn your sprinklers on to check if the system is still working properly. Look for leaks or broken sprinkler heads. Adjust them so they spray the grass rather than the house, sidewalks or porches.
9. Inspect windows and doors.
Check for cracks or holes and repair as necessary. Use a screen repair kit to fix holes or tears that bugs can sneak through.
10. Spruce up landscaping.
Clear your landscaping of debris, trim overgrowth and plan fresh additions. Professionals have recommended using compacted soil in low areas of the yard, as spring rains can cause flooding and foundation damage.
1. Open the windows.
Opening the windows is an effective way to naturally aerate your home and may improve air quality. Take this opportunity to wipe down the interior of the window sills as they have most likely collected dust, dirt and mold over the winter months.
2. Inspect the basement and attic.
Check the walls and floors for water stains, mold and leaks. Remove unwanted moisture that can lead to mold issues or serious water damage.
3. Perform routine home safety checks.
Change the batteries in smoke detectors, make sure fire extinguishers are still intact with the needle in the green zone and check that exhaust fans are working properly.
4. Clean the furnace.
The furnace worked overtime hard these last few months, so make sure you clean the filter system, blower and motor. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, call a professional.
5. Consider upgrades.
Spring is the perfect time to revisit your appliances, lighting and other essentials that may need replacing. If it's time for an upgrade, consider energy-efficient options to help reduce waste and lower your bills.
Spring is a season to look forward to, therefore we can all approach this checklist with a smile :-)
If you are preparing to sell, and have any questions at all... please reach out to our team - we are here for you!
~Real Advantage Partners RE/MAX Precision