Spring is Coming – Time for Preventative Maintenance

Spring is coming and it is important to maintain the value of your investment by doing regular maintenance.  Whether your home was winterized and vacant or you currently have renters, the following is a great list of things to consider having done.  If you are a client of ours, all you have to do is call us and we will get any of these maintenance items scheduled for you with our preferred partners, Neighborhood Handyman and Beautiful Outdoors.

Spring Maintenance Checklist:

  • Check smoke detectors & carbon monoxide detectors by pressing the test button. Be sure to change the batteries at the same time. Both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are available at your local home store. Contact your local fire department for recommendations.
  • Replace or clean your furnace filter. This will keep the air in your house cleaner, make your furnace more efficient, and help lower your heating bills.
  • Check for damage to your roof. Winter’s snow, ice, and wind can wreak havoc on your roof. Inspect it for missing or broken shingles — using a pair of binoculars will keep you off a ladder! As the shingles age, the fine grains of stone get washed and worn off the surface. After 15 or 20 years, even the best shingles may need to be replaced.
  • Inspect your vinyl siding. Check for cracks or damaged siding; replace or repair. The biggest threat to siding is the wind. Wind can catch seams and corners and tear lightweight vinyl or aluminum siding off the walls. This then allows water into the wall cavity, causing water damage.
  • Clean up your yard. The winter leaves behind debris, so rake your yard and pick up branches and twigs. Raking the lawn will remove thatch and snow mold, exposing the grass to sun and rain.
  • Fertilize your lawn. The grass is desperate for a dose of nitrogen in the spring. A little fertilizer will help it get off to a great start and strengthen it to withstand the stresses of the summer ahead.
  • Clean the gutters. Check all gutters and downspouts for damage from winter and be sure all clogs are cleared , prior to spring rains.
  • If you have a sprinkler system, make sure it is primed and working properly and that the timer is set and working.
  • Turn on water to exterior faucets.
  • Switch HVAC system from heat to A/C.