Once again, our long winter slumbers are over. It’s time to get up, throw back the curtains, and welcome in the sunshine! Before you bask in all that vitamin D Mother Nature’s throwing our way, though, you’ve got some chores to do around the house. Here are the 13 essential spring home maintenance tips you should accomplish before you really celebrate the new season:
Inspect the Roof
Now’s the time to hop on that ladder and take a good look at your roof. Do the shingles look worn out? Are any damaged or missing? Make the most of the extra daylight to repair and replace them, if necessary! If you’d rather have a professional do this, they can also check the flashing to see if it needs some TLC.
Check out the Chimney
Your chimney has been working overtime during the winter. Take a look at its exterior for signs of damage. Don’t forget to have the flue cleaned and inspected by a qualified chimney sweep to keep it in great shape!
Clean the Gutters
It’s everyone’s favorite bi-annual home maintenance task! You may dread doing it, but cleaning the gutters it totally worth it as they will help divert rainwater away from your foundation, thereby helping to prevent water damage. Don a pair of gloves, grab a bucket, and remove any dirt, leaves, twigs, and other debris you may find up there. Remember to run a pail of water down the line to check for holes!
Fill in Low Areas in the Yard
If you spy any spots in the yard that have holes or are prone to flooding, you’ll want to get some dirt and soil in before the rains come. Fill up the low areas near the foundation to help prevent flooding and future water damage!
Prep Your Lawn Equipment
Before you know it, it’ll be time to break out the mower and cut grass! Take a few moments to prepare all of your summertime equipment. Sharpen the blades, drain last year’s gas and oil, and change the old air filter to keep your lawn equipment working smoothly all summer long.
Service Your HVAC and Change the Filters
No one wants to be stuck without any air conditioning in a heat wave. Call a qualified heating and cooling professional to have your system cleaned and serviced now. Don’t forget to change the filter as well, although you should definitely change it 3-4 times a year for a properly working unit!
Give Your Yard a Once-Over
Take a little look around the yard. Do your walkways or driveway have cracks that need to be filled? Does the foundation show signs of shifting or cracking? Are the outdoor faucets flowing improperly? If you answered yes to any of these questions, make these minor repairs!
Clean Decks, Driveways, and Other Outdoor Surfaces
You know that spring is all about cleaning the inside of your home, but the outside needs some attention, too! Use a pressure washer to power-clean your walkways, driveway, deck, and other outdoor surfaces. You’ll be amazed by how different and revitalized they will appear afterward! If your home has vinyl siding, go ahead and give it a good scrub-down with a bit of detergent, your garden hose, and a brush to make it look new!
Say No to Lint
Even if you’re diligent about removing the lint from the trap when you take fresh laundry out of the dryer, lint can still creep into the dryer vent. In time, this could pose as a serious fire hazard. Clean your vent to help you stay safe and save some money!
Keep Your Fridge Running Smoothly
Your refrigerator works hard keeping your food cool – show it some love by cleaning it! Gently vacuum the coils on the bottom or back of the appliance to help it run more efficiently. While you’re at it, take everything out of it and wipe down the shelves and drawers to keep it spic and span!
Check the Seals Around Your Doors and Windows
Winter can do a number on your home, and in time, caulking can dry out and harden, causing the windows to be drafty. Check all the seals around your doors and windows to see if you need to re-caulk. Doing so will help you keep all that precious air conditioning inside your home come summertime.
Drain the Water Heater
Spring is the season of renewal, which is why you should go ahead and drain your water heater. Why? In time, sediment builds up within the tank, which can cause corrosion. Fortunately, draining it will prolong its life and reduce your electric bill (and it’s easy to do!).
Replace the Batteries in Your Smoke Detectors
We just “sprang forward” and changed our clocks – now is the perfect time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Such a simple task could save your life! If you have an elderly parent or neighbor, check in with them and change their batteries, too.
Guess what? Several of these tasks will help beautify your home, making it more eye-catching for would-be house hunters. If you’re planning to sell your home this year, we highly recommend completing the above tasks. Don’t forget to call the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 as well! We can help you sell your home and find the perfect house for you. Check our listings out to get started!