Spring is FINALLY here, after a long and snowy winter. Do you know what that means? It means it’s time to look at our Spring Home Maintenance Checklist to make sure you are taking the correct preventative measures before hot summer weather rolls around (yay!). Regular home maintenance can help preserve your home, keep your family safe, and lower expenses year after year. Although these tasks are imperative, it is important to schedule regular professional inspections throughout the year. Call a professional to perform any tasks with gas or electricity.
Below is a list of spring home maintenance tasks to help ensure your home is in tip-top condition. Click each task below for directions. If you would like to check tasks off as you go, download our Spring Home Maintenance Checklist!
Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes. Trim leaves and limbs that touch your exterior walls as they can cut into your home’s paint.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool and damage your roof or siding.
Make Exterior Repairs
Take a walk around your property, looking for signs of damage to the roof, siding and foundation.
Check your lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves, exposed lines, and improperly working sprinkler heads.
Inspect caulking and replace if deteriorating. Scrape out all of the eroding caulk and recaulk if needed.
Minnesota winters can be rough. Check the condition of your roof surface flashing, eaves and soffits. Perform a thorough cleaning. Check flashings around all surface projections and sidewalls.
Window & Door Screens
Clean screening and check for holes. Patch holes or replace the screen. Replace broken, worn or missing hardware. Tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.
Check Safety Devices
Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; replace batteries. Check expiration date of your fire extinguisher and replace if needed.
Decks & Porches
Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs and railings for loose boards and deterioration. If the stain doesn’t look like it should or water has turned some of the wood dark grey, treat your deck or fence.
Clean Dryer Vents
Lint buildup in dryer vents can make your dryer work less efficiently and even cause a fire. You can hire a duct cleaning specialist to clean the vents if needed.
Air Conditioning System Maintenance
Clean unit, check the belt tension and adjust if needed. Replace a crack or worn belt. Schedule an annual system check with an HVAC professional.