Spring is here once again. As the snow thaws and the chill ebbs, the verdant greens start to flourish and birdsong fills the air once again.
After winter-proofing your home the past season, it’s time to wake it up from hibernation and prep it for the warmer months ahead. Here’s your 8-point checklist for preparing your house for the spring season.
Common Spring Issues to Watch For
The harsh weather conditions could have taken a toll on the exterior walls, roof, and siding of your home.
Your water supply may have frozen, burst, or suffered a leak during the cold months.
Ice, melted snow, and accumulated debris may have gathered in your downspouts and gutters.
The period between winter and summer are when your HVAC gets the most work out.
Your front yard may need help recovering from its winter dormancy.
8-Point Checklist for Spring
The first thing you want to do is make sure all corners of your home are sound and secure after the long winter spell.
- Check the exterior walls, foundations and siding for signs of damage like cracks, peeling paint, or sagging.
- Examine wooden components like decks, railing, posts and overhangs for possible water damage or rot.
- Inspect doors and windows for structural integrity and weatherproofing.
- Take note of any holes or cracks that may let in water or pests into the interior.
- Inspect the roof for damaged or missing shingles.
- If you have a chimney, check the mortar’s integrity and the flue for signs of water pooling.
- Check the gutters and downspouts for clogging and debris. Make sure the gutter siding doesn’t sag and remains firmly fixed to the wall.
- Go over your cleared driveway and walking path, and patch damaged asphalt or concrete as necessary.
- Check the fence line for rotting, wobbling posts, or sections that need repair, replacement, or a fresh coat of paint.
- Prepare the flower beds by removing dead leaves, fallen branches, and other debris.
- Trim trees and shrubs to prep them for new spring growth.
- Tools and Irrigation
- Check the sprinkler and irrigation system. While running, look for damaged heads, and recalibrate the water spray.
- Remove any standing water caused by melting snow and ice to stop mosquitoes from getting a safe breeding ground.
- Before using coiled hoses, flatten out kinks and check the rubber’s integrity.
- Give the lawnmower, leaf blower, and other yard implements a thorough once-over before operation.
- Give the fireplace a thorough cleaning and scrubbing. This is best done before you clean the rest of the house, as it can be dirty and sooty work.
- Clean screen doors and windows to let in fresh air.
- Check the attic, basement and crawl spaces for signs of water pooling or mold caused by water seeping in.
- Inspect wooden furniture, posts and beams. The dry indoor air over the winter can cause wood to lose moisture and crack or deteriorate, unless you use a humidifier.
- Make sure your AC is in optimum condition as the weather heats up.
- Clear outside obstructions from the AC fan, vents, and exhausts.
- Change your HVAC filters.
- If you live in a humid area, consider using a dehumidifier for wellness and comfort.
- Inspect your pipes for signs of frozen or burst lines.
- Clean out the water storage tank of sediments to ensure uninterrupted operation in the warm months.
- Test outdoor taps for leaks or corrosion, since they’ll be getting plenty of action.
These are the major appliances that see most use during spring, so make sure they are in great condition to do their duty.
- AC units
- Fridge and coolers
- Vacuum cleaner
- Air cleaners / air purifiers
- Electric fans
- Outdoor grill