Maintaining Your New Home: Spring

Posted 03/03/2017

Owning a home is an exhilarating experience. A home is where you rest your head, where you will create new memories and most likely, one of the biggest investments you will ever make. It also requires a fair share of maintenance to protect that large investment.

But don’t fret. With the proper tools and tips, taking care of your home is easy. Think of it like visiting a doctor for an annual exam or a mechanic for regular oil changes. A routine home maintenance schedule, like regular checkups, enables you to address small issues before they escalate into dangerous problems. Breaking the schedule into manageable chunks, such as by season or by month, can help save you time and money, and keep you on track to ensuring your home is as beautiful and functional as the day you moved in.

Here are the areas you should be keeping an eye on for spring:

Windows and Screens: Get outside and enjoy the warmer weather – and while you’re at it, give your windows and screens a liberal dose of soap and water. Power-washing with a garden hose may be the most efficient, but could be too powerful for screens. Use good judgment and follow up with a swipe of natural window cleaner, such as white vinegar, for extra sparkle.

Gutters and Downspouts: Leaves, twigs and debris from winter storms can clog gutters and downspouts. Remove the clutter to maintain unobstructed watershed from your roof.

Roofing: Speaking of roofs, inspect yours for any missing, damaged or loose shingles, as well as any leaks.

Outdoor Upgrades: Look around with a critical eye. Now is the time to evaluate future outdoor home improvement projects, such as planting an herb garden, building a gazebo or adding a built-in barbecue grill.

Smoke Detectors/Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Smoke detectors are one of those items that most people never think about until the battery decides to give out (and beep!) in the middle of the night. Head that beep off at the pass by testing all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, and replacing batteries as necessary.

Light Fixtures and Large Furniture: Give large pieces of furniture and light fixtures throughout the home a thorough dusting and polishing. Spring’s natural light makes it easier to spot dust that has settled in and made itself at home.

Dryer Vent: Built-up lint in your dryer vent can become a fire hazard. Vacuum dryer vents to remove lint and increase the appliance’s efficiency.

Caulking: Check sinks, showers and bathtubs for signs of deteriorating caulk, and replace if necessary.