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12 home maintenance tips to prepare your home for spring

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Even more so when it comes to your new home. Preparing your home for spring can make you feel more confident as a homeowner. Now is a perfect time to create a plan to keep your greatest investment in tip-top shape.

The following home maintenance checklist has items you can tackle now and throughout the year to keep your home running smoothly.

Spring home maintenance tips

While you may be ready for the warmth that spring brings, your home may not be.  Before the temperatures get too high, focus on outside tasks, including:

1. Do an exterior inspection

Take an afternoon to look at your house closely and carefully. Take a notebook and pen with you to write down any damage you see. Check the:

  • Yard for pooling water
  • Siding and foundation for damage
  • Windows and doors for cracks
  • Roof for missing or cracked shingles and trouble spots

Another quick tip: if you have asphalt shingles on your roof and keep finding piles of black grit in your gutters, it’s probably from your shingles decomposing. Sun damage causes asphalt shingles to break apart, and when this happens, it’s time to replace your roof. Doing so in the spring can help prevent the hot summer sun from causing even more damage.

Make a list of repairs needed and start addressing the ones you can do yourself now. Also, keep a list of repairs that will require contractors that you can schedule later.

2. Inspect your plumbing

Check outside faucets. Many times, homeowners accidentally leave a hose attached to a frost-free outside faucet. This typically causes damage to the piping and the faucet fixture. It’s best to turn the faucet on and make sure there are no leaks inside the building while using. If you notice leaks, the faucet and potentially some piping will need to be replaced.

Flush your water heater. Flushing your water heater will help extend the life and operations of the unit.

Check sump pump operation. Checking this as winter thaw and spring rains causes a higher usage of the device.

3. Inspect your HVAC system(s)

Inspect and clean the AC condenser.  Cleaning the outside condenser coil can be a DIY project. Materials and a garden hose can be purchased at a home center store to do this on your own. This project will help reduce energy costs and lengthen the life of the equipment. 

Check all condensation lines for defects and proper drainage. Condensation drains can crack and leak thereby causing damage to the property. Check and ensure all condensate drains are working. 

Replace batteries inside your thermostat. Note: not applicable to all thermostats. 

4. Inspect all electric components and systems

  • Test and reset all GFCI receptacles. 
  • Replace exterior lighting bulbs for security. 
  • Inspect and label breakers in the main breaker panel. 
  • Check for damaged or overloaded power strips. Potentially used for holiday decorating purposes. 

5. Trim shrubs and trees

During early Spring, most shrubs, trees, and plants are in the dormant state. This is an ideal time to trim and prune them to reduce damage to your home from physical contact, mold due to moisture issues and insect intrusion.

Trim trees or shrubs back and take special care of any trees near power lines. Keep them as short as possible, and make sure they’re not growing onto neighboring properties.

6. Inspect your downspouts and drainage

With spring approaching, now is the time to check your yard/drainage conditions, mainly from your gutter downspouts. You’ll want to make sure you have positive drainage away from the foundation. The spring showers will bring lots of rain so let’s prevent foundation issues from poor drainage and ponding. 

7. Seal your driveway

Make plans to seal your driveway to prevent damage caused by the freeze-thaw cycle that occurs during the winter months. There are several sealers that can be applied to preserve your asphalt or concrete driveway for years to come. 

8. Clean your gutters

Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. Remove leaves and any other debris that causes clogging.

Dirty gutters can cause all sorts of problems. If there’s a heavy rainstorm, gutters and downspouts can get backed up and fail to do their job: keeping water away from the foundation of your house. Gutter cleaning is a simple job that can prevent some significant problems for your home. Grab a ladder and get all the leaves and other debris out of your gutters.

9. Access and replace screens

Spring is a good time to replace window screens that were damaged during winter.

10. Check your outdoor furniture

Another part of a thorough spring yard clean-up is checking on your furniture. Well-worn furniture is like an old pair of jeans—comfortable. However, if your chairs are rusted, wooden benches are rough, cushions have dry rot or paint is peeling off your porch swing, it can be hard to relax outside. Do yourself and your guests a favor and make sure your furniture is ready for use.

11. Clean the grill

Thoroughly cleaning the grill before its first use is a smart move in twofold. First, removing stuck-on food, grease, and grime from beneath the grates prevents fires and helps your food cook more evenly. Second, a deep clean of the grates removes harmful bacteria that can make you sick if it contaminates your food. It also doesn’t hurt to review BBQ safety rules before you get grilling this spring.

12. Set a reminder to schedule an AC service call

It’s a good idea to bring the HVAC crew to your house for a maintenance call as soon as it’s possible to do so. On the first 80-degree day, you’ll want your air conditioner to kick on right away so you can stay cool.

By utilizing this checklist, you can be prepared for and stay ahead of surprises in your new home. For any tasks that are outside of the scope of DIY, Anew® by Nationwide helps connect you in real-time with experts to discuss your home repair issues and get advice or recommendations on the best action.

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