7 Must-Do Spring Home Maintenance Tasks
18 August 2016
With the arrival of spring, it‘s time to take care of the exterior of your home and to prepare it for the summer. Since the cold months are over, now is the ideal time to inspect for damages and to undertake the required repairs. You need to check up on your landscape, appliances, plumbing, electric system, heating and cooling. Some jobs such as repainting the fences can be easily managed by a non-professional. However, projects that require certain specialty such as electrical services should be handled by an expert. Regular upkeep will minimize the risk of breakdowns, save you money and preserve the impeccable look of your property. Here is your complete list of all home maintenance jobs you need to tackle this spring.
1. Clean the gutters and the downspouts
Once the last frost has passed, it’s vital to clean and repair the gutters and downspouts. If these features don’t function properly, they may cause mould and mildew infestations. The debris and leaves can clog the gutters and prevent them from channelling the water off the roof, damaging the wood trim under the eaves, siding and flooring. As a result, you may end up paying for expensive home repairs. Having your downspouts and gutters cleaned early in the season can also prevent potential harms from spring rains. Luckily, you don’t need to be a proficient handyman to tackle the task. A bit of time and effort is enough to complete the job.
2. Inspect the Roof
Winter storms can be quite hard on the roof. Spring is a good time to check this part of your home. The earlier you spot the issue, the easier to fix the damages. Look for broken metal pipes or missing shingles or anything that doesn’t look right. If you notice something that calls for closer inspection or fixing, it’s better to call an experienced handyman.
3. Take care of the woodwork
Wood fences, decks, trellises, railings and outdoor structures will stay in better condition and will last longer if they are resealed or stained every year. Spring is the perfect time to takes this opportunity and to give your wooden features some attention. You can either handyman services or tackle the job yourself.
4. Don’t forget the irrigation and air conditioning systems
Make the most of your cooling system, by changing the filters at least once each season. You should wash them every month to keep your air conditioner running as smoothly as possible. Clean the condenser and vacuum the fridge coils. Check the sprinkler and irrigation systems. Be sure that none of the heads are broken and adjust them to avoid wasting water. If needed schedule for repairs.
5. Wash the driveways and paths
You can rent a power washer or you can work with the tools available at your home. The main goal is to get rid of the mildew and discoloration. Avoid using power washer over decks, because it may ruin the wood fibres. While cleaning the driveway, check for cracks and damages. The low temperatures are rough on concrete, asphalt and other similar materials.
6. Prep your landscape
If you want to have a lush, green lawn in the summer, you need to start now. Spring is a good period to fertilize the grass and prep your garden beds. Trim the overgrown bushes and remove the broken branches, leaves and debris from your backyard. You should take stock of all your gardening tools and equipment.
If you don’t want to trip over miscellaneous items every time you enter your garage or garden shed, you may consider clearing out the unnecessary. Make an inventory of your belongings and decide what you no longer need and start the new season clean.
Tackle these essential home maintenance tasks and ensure your peace of mind throughout the entire season.