You’re right that spring is the time to be working around the house, inside and outside. Here’s a checklist of things that you should be working on to prepare for the year ahead.
- Clean the gutters and check for any leaky or loose areas.
- Check the siding for missing or peeling paint and repair. Also check siding for any damage that may have occurred over the winter.
- Trim shrubs and trees away from the house to preserve the siding and roof.
- Rake up any leaves from last fall. Pull up weeds and dead plants from last season.
- Check your roof for any missing shingles that may have been lost during winter. Have a qualified roofer check the flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys and repair if necessary.
- Remove any firewood stored near your home so that it is at least 18 inches off the ground and at least 2 feet from the house.
- Check your outdoor faucets for freeze damage.
- Have the air conditioning unit cleaned, inspected and tuned up for the hot days ahead.
- Check your gas- and battery-powered lawn equipment to ensure that it’s ready for spring and summer use. Tune up the lawn mower and have the blades sharpened.
- Examine the house’s foundation for any cracks and caulk or call a foundation specialist for more permanent repairs.
- Pressure-wash your home to remove dirt, mold and stains from the siding, deck and patio.
- Repair cracked sidewalks and driveways.
- Inspect your deck and reseal if necessary. Also check for and fix any loose railings and decay.
- Check and clean the dryer vent.
- Check windows and doors for air and water leaks and fill or repair.
- Check your cracks and gaps where insects or mice can get into your home, and fill these areas.
- Check faucets and plumbing for leaks and repair or replace any leaky pipes or faucets.
- Check tiles and grout for cracks and reseal any areas where cracking occurs.
- Clean the windows and screens inside and out.
- If you don’t have central air conditioning, then spring is the time to reinstall window AC units.
- Vacuum your refrigerator coils so the fridge operates at top efficiency.
- Replace batteries in smoke detectors.
- Drain your water heater. Click here for instructions.
Sources: HGTV.com, BobVila.com, Kiplinger.com, www.usnews.com.