With spring swirling in the air, it’s as if all of humanity has been brought back to life. For many, the start of the spring season means that it’s time to do a significant clean around the house. After months of being cooped up inside, practically everyone is looking forward to getting outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunlight. While it is common for people to purge their unneeded, unwanted clutter at the end of winter, things often get forgotten. Here are eight important things that should be included on every homeowner’s spring checklist this year.
Examine the Roof
During the winter months, the roof of your home takes a beating. After months of heavy snowfalls, wind storms and ice build-up, your roof shingles may be in need of some attention. Hire a professional to climb up onto your roof and do an inspection. Check if any shingles are missing, cracked, buckled, or if they are beginning to curl. Shingles that have any damage at all should be replaced. If it looks like you have more than just a few shingles to replace, it may be time to start budgeting for a new roof before next winter.
Clean Out the Gutters
While we are on the topic of roofs, check out the gutter situation. The gutters on your house should be cleaned at least annually to prevent clogs and damage. The best time to do it is in the late fall after the leaves have fallen off nearby trees. Winter storms tend to cause plenty of debris to fly around, and some of it could be lodged in your gutters. Getting this done again at the beginning of the spring season will set you ahead of the curve when it comes to summer storms and help improve the health of your roof.
Inspect the Attic
Next, make your way up to the attic. Check for moisture, mould, water damage, or signs of any pesky critters living up there. Build-up of moisture could lead to significant damage if left undetected, and it is also a sign that you may need to get your roof inspected.
Thoroughly Investigate the Basement
After going up, it’s time to head down to the basement. Look for similar things as you would in the attic. Basements are more prone to issues such as water and moisture damage, especially as the seasons change. While you are down there, check for any cracks or signs of leaks in the foundation. Check out the sump pump and windows to ensure they are all sealed properly.
Inspect the Air Conditioning Unit
As the temperatures rise, it’s only a matter of time before you decide to turn on the AC to get some relief on those hot summer days. Make sure you do a thorough inspection of the AC unit, or hire a professional to do this for you if you’re unfamiliar with the required maintenance. The beginning of spring is a great time to change the filters and call in to have the unit serviced if needed.
Fence and Deck Maintenance
With all the snow and ice melted, it’s time to inspect your fences and deck. Check for cracked boards or panels, and make a plan to replace them if needed. It’s also good to check under the deck for signs of rodents or other pests that could have taken up residence during the colder months.
Spend Some Time on the Lawn
No one’s grass looks great after a long, harsh winter. Spend some time this spring tending to your front and back lawn. This could involve spreading grass seed or creating a better drainage system to eliminate water pooling, which is unpleasant to walk in and creates mosquito habitats.
Top to Bottom Interior Clean
Finally, we recommend doing a thorough top-to-bottom clean of your home’s interior. Clean out the fridge and kitchen cupboards and put all your winter wear away into storage. After all, lightening up your home and decluttering it will only add to the peace of mind that usually comes once the spring weather hits.