Spring is the perfect time to get your whole exterior house checked out, really. Once the last frost has gone by, you can start looking for any damage the cold might have brought, such as:
- Froze and broken pipes
- Dried wood
- Driveway cracks
These are just a few examples of what could happen, so keep reading for a full list of home maintenance tasks you need to complete during spring!
“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.” – Jane Austen
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Nobody wants a clogged gutter at home, right? And the same thing goes for downspouts. To avoid damages from spring rains, it’s necessary to have the gutters and downspouts cleaned as soon as possible once the colder months have passed.
More: You can also check for loose or leaky gutters, and make sure the downspouts are draining away from the house foundation!
Reseal Exterior Woodwork
I mean, you will already need to reseal any exterior woodwork every year or two, so I’d say just take this opportunity and reseal it right after winter’s gone. That way you’ll already be creating a gorgeous home for spring and making sure the deck lasts longer. While you’re on that, you’ll also find what needs to be repaired as well – that’s how you kill two birds with one stone!
What type of woodwork should you reseal?
Every exterior woodwork needs attention, including:
Inspect Driveway and Paths
The most common materials used for driveways and paths are asphalt and concrete, both of which suffer a lot of damage during winter months.
It’s easy to repair:
You just need to clean the cracks and fill them with concrete crack filler if your driveway and paths are made of concrete, or use driveway-specific asphalt filler if asphalt is what you have.
Whatever material it is, make sure to have it repaired and power washed. If you’re working with concrete, remember to seal it after washing.
Get the Roof Inspected
First thing that might come to mind here is getting the ladder and start working, but hold on! You can start by simply taking a look around the house and using a binocular or camera to look for:
- Missing shingles
- Damaged metal pipes
- Loose or buckled shingles
Another easy way to check the roof, especially if you're not comfortable getting on a ladder, is to peek into the attic. Pay attention to any spots where there’s light entering, and seal any suspicious cracks.
If you notice something out of place, or if you think there’s the need of a closer inspection, don’t hesitate to call a roofing professional. Better be safe!
Remember: Check carefully around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys as those places might be a bit more likely to get damaged!
Update AC System
You’ve been using the heating system all winter long, and with the hot weather coming you’ll definitely want to clean and update the vents and AC system. I know we love to find DIY ways of getting things done, but this time I just have to say: the best way to do this is by contacting an HVAC professional.
That means, first of all: clear the dead plants. Not only will they be an eyesore, but they won’t be bringing you anything that houseplants are here to offer us. So yeah, just get over it and dispose of them. You can do that by using them as base for creating a compost at home.
After that, you can take the survivors and:
- Prune, trim, or curate
- Dust and wash the leaves
Check for Trees in Electric Lines Proximity
There’s no need to say that you need to hire a professional for this service, but I’ll say it anyway: hire a professional for this service! It’s really dangerous to cut and trim trees near electric lines, so avoid doing it yourself. What you can and should do, though, is to cut overgrown bushes and plants around your house and backyard.
Check Sprinklers and Irrigation System
Not only this check-up will save water, but it’ll also guarantee you’ll have a healthy lawn and plants during spring.
But how to check sprinklers and the irrigation system?
Here are some tips:
- Check for broken or damaged heads
- Make sure the heads are pointing to the right directions (and not spraying the house or the fence!)
- Run the system and walk around the property for an overview
If you’re not sure about your system working well, reach a professional to help you out.
Pressure Wash the House Exterior
With all the freezing and thawing during winter, your home exterior ends up with accumulated dirt and moisture and chances are it’ll create a space for mold to grow. Pressure cleaning will get any issues resolved and make your house exterior look brand new!
Check the House Foundation
It’s important to check for cracks or deterioration in your foundation’s:
Be even more careful when inspecting around chimneys, doors, and windows as those parts of the foundation are more likely to need repair.
Don’t have the time to do this checklist yourself? Then get a free estimate for your home inspection here!
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