- 10 Apr
Remember These Important Tips for Spring Maintenance of Your Home
If you’re a first time home owner, the responsibility of caring for your property may seem a little daunting at times. But you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how this checklist will sail you through the Spring!
The easy beginning is to have a look around your own home with fresh eyes. Instead of admiring your accomplishments, spy the details that will allow you to apply and ounce of prevention and save yourself pounds of cure later.
- Screens. If you’re wanting to open windows, be sure you’ve glanced at all of your window and door screens to ensure they will not allow insects into your home, nor have an unsightly appearance.
- Landscaping prep. As grass-cutting season approaches, make sure your initial pitdoor cleanup includes clearing debris and brush from the entire perimeter of your property. While all is clear, before you plant new for the season, check foundation around your house. Take pictures and make notes if you spot something that you need to consult a professional for. Be certain your sprinkler system is in working order and ready for upcoming use as well.
- Gutters and downspouts.These typically require cleaning twice a year or more. If you are not interested in this necessary task, you can hire a local professional to perform the chore. Sometimes landscaping crews offer gutter cleaning as an additional service.
- Roof inspection. If nothing is leaking, you’re probably fine. But just to be sure, have the roof looked at while the gutter are being cleaned, to spot any damage that went unoticed during winter storms.
- Crawlspaces and attics. critters
- HVAC. Clean and check. Lube circulating pumps for hot water heater, blow motor
- Smoke detectors. Change batteries, etc
- Re-stain, repaint and reseal decks and walkways. Typically this should be done every 3 or 4 years. Consider what else needs a fresh coat of exterior paint while you’re at it.
- Looks for signs of unwanted insects. Termites, wasps, ant hills and more will be out and about, enjoying the nice weather just like you are. Call your local professional if you find your home has become infested.
The curb appeal of your home should last a lifetime. Whether you intend to sell next year, or live there till you retire, taking care of your home properly will be the smartest investment of your lifetime.
About the Author
My journey as a Cleveland home inspector began 15 years ago when I was buying real estate properties in Ohio. Because they were my investments, I wanted to make sure I was getting a great deal, so I decided to learn everything I could about general home inspections.