With Spring just around the corner, maybe, it might be time to think about things you can do to get your home ready for the warmer weather. Here is a handy list of things you should take care of both inside and outside your home to avoid any springtime home disasters.
On the interior:
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries.
- Check the attic for moisture and make sure the insulation didn’t get blown around in high winds.
- Clean or change the furnace and humidifier filters. If you run the furnace fan throughout the summer, you should check the filter once a month. If you have an HRV (heat recovery ventilation) unit, you should check the filter every two months.
- Have your fireplace or woodstove and chimney cleaned.
On the exterior:
- Clear debris from the yard, window wells, concrete swale (if applicable), and eaves troughs.
- Ensure all eaves trough downpipes are in the proper position to drain water away from the foundation.
- Ensure the grade around the house slopes away from the foundation. If any settling has occurred, it will need to be fixed. Tip: if you plan to landscape, try to avoid putting shrubs or flower beds alongside the foundation as this could prevent proper drainage.
- Clean the windows and screens paying close attention that the drain holes at the bottom of the windows are not plugged. Replace storm windows with screens.
- Check that there are no missing or damaged shingles on the roof. It’s also a good idea to ensure that the roof and wall vents are working properly.
- Check the foundation for visible cracks and have them repaired if necessary.
- Check the fascia and soffits for damage.
- Ensure that the air conditioning unit is clear of debris. It’s also a good idea to clean or replace the filter. Air conditioners should be serviced every two to three years.
- Ensure all exterior GFI plugs are working properly.
- Ensure patios, decks, deck stairs and railings are stable with no signs of deterioration.
- When the weather permits, turn on the exterior water tap and check for leaks.
- If applicable, and when the temperature allows, turn on the irrigation system to ensure the lines are leak free and the sprinkler heads work.
- If you have a sump pump, ensure that it’s working properly before the spring thaw.
After you’ve finished googling the definitions of fascia and soffits, and you’ve checked off everything on this list, you’ll be able to sit back and relax knowing your home is ready for whatever spring has in store.