A homeowner’s to-do list can seem endless – especially come spring. As the weather warms up outside, prepare to donate items you don’t need, disinfect all the room in your house, free your gutters and downspouts of debris, and assess what repairs may be needed. Completing home maintenance tasks during the spring season will ensure your place smells, looks, and functions better than ever.
We created the following checklist to help you spring into home maintenance.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Even if you cleaned your gutters in the fall, it’s a good idea to complete this outdoor task again in the spring, and especially after a big storm. Be sure to check for areas where the gutters may have pulled away from the house as well as for loose granules in gutter bottoms. Loose granules may indicate the need for roof replacement. You can clean gutters and downspouts yourself or hire someone to do the job for you.
Replace Damaged Siding or Trim
When siding is rotten or damaged, it can let air, water, debris and insects into your home. It also can also cause the materials around it to decay prematurely. Repairing or replacing damaged shingles now can head off larger problems; saving you money. In mountain states like Colorado, replacing 1,250 square feet of existing siding with new siding has a 65.1 percent return on investment.
Inspect the Roof for Damage
Spring is one of the best times to inspect the roof. Look for shingles that are missing, brittle, curled, or damaged. Inspect the roof from inside the attic first, looking for any light that penetrates through the rafters, and then move outdoors. Once outside, use binoculars to check for noticeable damage. Always contact a local roofing professional for any repairs that may be needed.
If the weatherstripping around your home’s windows and doors is brittle or cracked, replace it. Weatherstripping helps to reduce drafts as well as block energy loss. You can find several different materials available at most any local hardware or home improvement store. The right one to choose will depend on the style of the window or door. Just cut to size and install according to manufacturer instructions.
Trim evergreen shrubs and other plants before new growth begins. Prune winter-damaged foliage as soon as possible to avoid additional insect or disease problems. For trees, only do light, selective trimming during the spring season. Experts agree that you should also avoid letting vines like wisteria grow directly on the house since they can damage the gutters, roof, and provide a “ladder” for rodents to use.