Each year when the winter snow begins to melt and the days start getting longer, my husband and I know it is time to start readying our home for spring. We have a few yearly tasks we know will need to be completed; however, we also know from experience, that there will probably be some unexpected repair work.
Pick a sunny day to walk around your home and yard looking for needed repairs or ways you can make your home look more attractive. Put these specific areas on your maintenance checklist for spring:
We inspect the outside of our home first looking for cracks in the brick facing, foundation, sidewalks, and driveway. Small cracks can be repaired with a tube of concrete repair and a caulking gun. If the crack is too large for the caulking gun, hire an expert. Look for mold on siding and clean it with a special cleaner. Check for openings along the sidewalks and driveway where grass and dirt may have washed away. Fill the openings with dirt and grass seed to prevent water from getting underneath and causing cracks.
Windows and Shutters
Even though we inspect our windows and doors before winter, we do it again in the spring. Caulk cracked seams and wash the windows and screens. If needed, paint the doors, or at least give them a good cleaning. Basement window covers also need to be inspected for chips and cracks.
Shutters need to be inspected for repair and cleaning. Ensure fittings are secure behind the shutters. This year we are going to paint ours to make our home more appealing to prospective buyers.
Gutters and Roof
We clean the inside of the guttering and my husband uses the power washer to clean the outside of the gutters. Inspect the hose extensions on the gutter downspouts for cracks and replace them as needed. While he is up on the ladder, my husband inspects the roof for loose shingles.
When we are satisfied with our home inspection, we move to our yard. Check your fence and deck for loose boards or boards that may need replacing, sanding or staining. Inspect trees and shrubs for possible winter damage. Lastly, inspect the decorative rock and landscaping timbers around flowerbeds so you're prepared for spring gardening.
Sources: Personal Experience, St. Peter's Hardware