After the long winter months, it is important to make sure your home is safe and ready for spring! This is not just the perfect time to be cleaning and organizing—it’s also important to be on top of regular home maintenance. So, whether you’re getting ready to put your home on the market or just looking for a fresh start, use this checklist to ensure you’re taking the right steps!
- Inspect your roof after the winter to make sure there are no missing shingles or damage & remove moss.
- Clean your gutters and look for any sagging spots and potential leaks. If you notice any problems, call a contractor.
- Inspect siding, trim, and wood decking. If you notice any rotting, it may need to be repaired/resealed/replaced.
- Inspect all the masonry around your home. Walkways, driveway and surrounding retaining walls.
- Turn on all outside water valves including faucets and sprinklers.
- Inspect all windows & screens. This is a great time to give them a good cleaning as well!
- Check fire and smoke detectors to make sure they are in good working order. Replace batteries if necessary.
- Have your furnace and oil burner cleaned and serviced.
- Replace HVAC filters.
- Get your AC serviced if necessary.
- Replace any outside light bulbs that need replacing.
- Clean your grill.
Don’t Forget About Your Lawn and Garden
- Perform a thorough spring clean-up. Clean up any plant remnants, leaves, and any annuals you did not remove in the fall. If you have a bird bath, thoroughly sterilize it to make sure there are no lingering diseases.
- Give your garden soil a good turn over and top-dress it with some manure or compost to provide nutrients to the soil and aid in growth.
- Prune dead branches on trees and bushes. Cut back flowering shrubs that bloom annually on new wood such as hydrangeas. Do NOT cut back shrubs that bloom on the same wood as the year before.
- Plant bulbs in early spring…make sure they are deep enough so the squirrels don’t get to them.
- Get your trellises ready for when perennials that require support start to pop up.
- Apply weed control to your lawn and then fertilize. This will help with pesky weeds and will make your lawn extra green.