Spring cleaning for most homeowners is the perfect opportunity to donate unused items, vacuum all corners of your home, and make sure all surfaces are spotless. Although this is a great way to utilize your spring-cleaning time, it’s also important to conduct maintenance in parts of your home that you may not have checked in months or even years.
To ensure you’re ready for the rest of the year and that your home stays in great shape, we’ve compiled a checklist for your Spring maintenance routine!
- Air Conditioning: Check your air-conditioning unit before the hot weather kicks in.
- Chimney: Give your chimney a good cleaning to remove any extra soot or debris that may be stuck inside.
- Leaks: Check all faucets, under sinks, exposed pipes along walls, and large appliances such as dishwashers for any leaking, sweating, or water stains.
- Foundation: Check the foundation of your home by looking for long cracks on the floor in areas such as the garage and basement.
- Doors and Windows: Check all sills and repaint or replace if needed. Make sure to clean screens, and if there are any holes big enough for bugs to get through, consider replacing or patching them.
- Water Heater: Get a professional to inspect your water heater regularly.
- Gutter and Downspouts: Clean out any debris, including leaves, moss, sticks, etc. Also, if you run a hose over the roof, you can check for proper drainage.
- Siding: Use a pressure washer to clean the siding of your home. This will keep your home from growing mold. You should also check all wood surfaces for any possible weathering and paint failure.
- Caulking: Inspect the caulking of your home. If you see that it has eroded or is deteriorating, you should call a professional house painter to reapply the sealant.
- Roof: Inspect the surface of the roof and clean out any debris that may have accumulated.
- Deck or Porch: Check any decks, porches, or railings for any loose parts and/or deterioration.
- Landscape: Clean out your yard by trimming vegetation and overgrown bushes and remove debris and branches. This can prevent damage to the exterior of your home.
- Sprinklers: Check to see if your sprinkler system is working properly. If one area of your yard gets more water than other parts, try to identify the problem or call a professional.
While this is not an exhaustive list of spring cleaning tips, it will definitely get you started on making sure your home is safe and clean!