10 Tips for Spring Home Maintenance

Spring in New England is a time of renewal and rejuvenation, but it’s also the perfect time for homeowners in New England to tackle home maintenance tasks left in the wake of harsh winter months.

The freeze-thaw cycles, high winds, and heavy snow characteristic of New England winters can wreak havoc on your home. From the potential fire hazard of a clogged dryer vent to the structural risks posed by foundation cracks, the importance of a thorough spring maintenance routine cannot be overstated.

Here is a comprehensive spring home maintenance checklist to ensure your home is safe, efficient, and ready to enjoy all season long.

Gutter Cleaning and Roof Inspection

Remove debris from gutters to prevent water damage and inspect your roof shingles and chimney for signs of wear. Seal any chimney cracks and shingle issues. A chimney sweep after months of use can safeguard against hazards, ensuring your chimney is working properly.

Pest and Termite Inspection

Spring is a great time to look for signs of termites, which breed in June, and other pests. New England weather can drive bugs and mice to seek refuge in your cozy home; addressing these issues early can save you hassle and expense.

AC Unit Service and Air Filter Change

After the winter months, servicing your air conditioning system and changing the air filter can improve efficiency and air quality. A clean air filter is crucial for maintaining good airflow and reducing energy costs.

Windows, Doors, and Screen Maintenance

Seal any leaks around windows and doors to improve energy efficiency. Check screens for holes to keep pests out while allowing the fresh spring air in.

Check the interior and exterior of the window and door frames for cracks, peeling paint, expanded wood from water or moisture damage.

Attic, Foundation, and Bug Inspection

Inspect your attic for leaks, signs of pests, and ensure that your home’s foundation is free of cracks and bugs. These areas are critical for preventing water damage and pest invasions.

The two most important parts of the home is the roof and foundation when it comes to water getting inside. Insects and mice can find their way indoors and can be a problem if they go unnoticed for a length of time. And can be costly replacing a roof or having your basement flood.

Laundry Appliances and Water Heater Check

Clean or replace your dryer vent to remove lint buildup, a common fire hazard. Also, check your washing machine and water heater for signs of wear or leaks to ensure they are functioning safely and efficiently.

Sediment can build up in your water heater which can cause rust and leaks. Talk to a plumber regarding the need to drain your water heater to release some of the sediment.

Behind-the-Appliances Cleaning

Vacuum behind the fridge and other appliances to remove dust and debris that can hinder their performance. Don’t forget to test your smoke detectors and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they’re ready in case of emergency.

Exterior Paint, Trim, & Doors

The winter months can be harsh on your home’s exterior. Inspect paint, trim, and doors for peeling, cracking, or weathering. A fresh coat of paint or sealant can protect your home and improve curb appeal.

Also look for signs of mold or mildew on the siding. By having a power wash done each spring can help prevent rot caused by moldy siding and not to mention your health could be at risk if the mold continues to grow.

Yard Maintenance and Lawn Equipment

Identify low areas in the yard and fill it with soil to prevent water collection, a breeding ground for mosquitoes and a tripping hazard. Frost and harsh down pours can cause sink spots in your grass or ground over time.

Also, ensure your lawn equipment is in good condition for the coming months. Ensuring your lawn maintenance equipment is in top-notch condition is essential for a smooth transition into spring gardening and upkeep.

Start by giving your lawn mower a thorough inspection; check the engine oil level, replace any old fuel from last season, and sharpen or replace the blade if needed. It’s also a good time to clean or replace air filters.

For blowers, verify that all parts are secure and clean, including the air intake and fan blades, to maintain optimal performance

Driveways and Walkways

Check driveways and walkways for frost damage. Seal or caulk areas in need of repair to prevent further deterioration. Maintaining these can extend their life and improve home safety.

Fixing driveways and walkways can often be a feasible DIY project, especially when dealing with minor cracks or uneven surfaces. For smaller cracks, a simple concrete caulk or asphalt filler from your local hardware store can be an effective and budget-friendly solution.

Begin by thoroughly cleaning the area of debris and weeds, and apply the filler as directed. For slightly larger issues, like uneven pavers or stones, repositioning them and adding sand or gravel underneath for support can rectify the problem.

However, when cracks are wide, deep, or the surface is significantly uneven, it might be time to call in a professional. In these cases, hiring a contractor not only ensures the job is done safely but also can potentially save you from further damaging your property or investing in repairs that won’t last.

Additional Tips for Ensuring a Well-Maintained Home

  • Spring Cleaning: Beyond the outdoor work, spring is a perfect time for a thorough cleaning inside. Dust, declutter and deep clean rooms to enhance your living space.
  • Garden Prep: Prepare your garden beds by clearing out weeds, applying fresh soil, and planning your plantings. Early maintenance ensures a blooming garden ready for summer enjoyment.
  • Plan for Projects: Use this time to plan any renovation projects. The mild weather offers an ideal opportunity for both indoor and outdoor improvements.

By following these spring home maintenance tips for spring, homeowners in New England can not only prevent costly repairs down the line but also ensure their homes are safe, efficient, and enjoyable for the seasons ahead.

Remember, regular home maintenance is key to preserving the value and comfort of your home. Spring, with its promise of warmer days, is the perfect time to assess and address the wear and tear of winter on your New England home.

After inspecting your home and whether your home has significant damage that could result questioning whether all these repairs would be like re building a new house, then consider your options going forward. Tearing down an older damaged home and rebuilding a newer, modern home may be the better option. Contact Attitash Custom Home Design Builders today for more information.

 

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