Spring is here and it’s time to see how your property held up under the winter conditions. Spring home maintenance is essential. It helps you upkeep the value of your home. It also makes sure your home is protected against weather and saves you money in the long run by ensuring your property is kept in good condition. And the more you maintain your home, the easier it gets every season. We’ve compiled some simple ways for you to give your property some good spring home maintenance this season.
Indoor Spring Home Maintenance
Start your spring home maintenance by inspecting your heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems. Make sure the filters are replaced and that the systems are functioning properly. Making sure that your HVAC systems are running efficiently will ensure that your have healthier and cleaner air quality – something always to aspire to. Consider professional air duct cleaning. Check out some air duct cleaning services near Port Alberni.
Replace the batteries in your fire detector and carbon monoxide detector. Test and dust the detectors to make sure they’re working properly. Adjust your thermostat for warmer weather so you can finally save on your heating bill. Inspect your sump pump. Make sure there’s no blockages and that it’s doing its job.
Moisture from the West Coast’s wet and humid climate could be considered the greatest enemy to your home. Carefully check your attic and basement for any water leaks and mold. Make sure you don’t have any pest intrusions or unwelcome furry guests. Check the insulation to protect your home from drafts.
Take a look at your windows. Inspect the caulking around the windows and re-caulk if necessary. This ensures that your windows are sealed properly and prevents warm summer air from getting into your air-conditioned home. Spring clean your windows from the inside and outside. Use a soft cloth or squeegee to avoid scratching or damaging the glass. Don’t use a power-washer!
General Indoor Cleaning
Take the time to do a general spring cleaning in your home to get rid of dust, mites, and unwanted allergens in your home. Bravely deep clean those neglected spaces like your oven, fridge, and pantry. Vacuum those giant dust bunnies behind the fridge and the stove. Vacuum and/or dust furniture, mattresses, window casings, ceiling fans, and cabinets. Tired of the dust in your carpets? Consider renting a carpet cleaner to professionally remove the dirt and dust. Wash or dry clean curtains and other fabrics. Clean out the clutter. Donate or sell any unwanted items. This general cleaning will give you a cleaner, healthier home.
Outdoor Spring Home Maintenance
Start your outdoor spring home maintenance by doing a general inspection of your property. Was there any damage done to it by the winter?
Inspect your roof. Look for any cracked or missing shingles. Clean the leaves and other debris from your gutters. Make sure the gutters and downspouts are still directing water AWAY from your home. Check your home’s foundation for cracks and leaks. You DO NOT want any water leaking into your home.
Clean up your outdoor air conditioning units. Remove any garbage and gunk that built up over the winter.
Clean your deck with mild soap and a garden hose and observe its condition. While you’re using the hose on the deck, look at the water. What does it do? If it beads and pools, then you know your deck has ample protection. But if the water fails to bead, then it’s time to put a protective coat on the wood. Seal or re-stain your deck.
Check if your fence needs any maintenance. Are there any holes, unstable areas, or pest damage? Inspect your home’s exterior paint and consider a touch up to make it look good as new. Do you have a fireplace or chimney? Make sure there are no blockages or damages.
If you put up storm windows for the winter months, it’s time to remove them. You can install your screens for the warm summer months. Consider replacing any damaged screens.
Outdoor Yard Maintenance
Do a walk around your property. Make sure there are no tree branches that could fall on your home. Is your lawnmower up for a summer of mowing? Change the oil and sharpen the blade so that it’s in tip top shape. Buy some grass seed and lawn fertilizer so your grass can look its best. Get some yard bags and any missing garden tools for cleaning out the garden beds. Turn on the water to the outside taps. Check for any leaks.
Looking forward to a summer of grilling and outdoor meals? It’s time to clean out your barbeque. Inspect and fill your propane tank. If you have a charcoal grill, make sure it’s free of ash and grease residue. Get your lawn furniture out and give it a good wash if it’s accumulated dirt over the winter, or even leftover from the previous summer. Inspect your outdoor lights. Replace any burnt out bulbs.
Don’t skip your Spring home maintenance. Ensure your property is clean and comfortable so you’re ready to enjoy the summer months. Inspecting your property seasonally also helps you identify any problems early on before they become major headaches.
Check out our post about 8 Simple Ways to Winterize Your Home to learn how you can prepare your property for winter.