While the winter here was milder than normal — as was true in many other parts of the country — winter still brings extra wear and tear to your home. Spring is the perfect time to catch up on home maintenance items that go neglected during the winter and to show your home some TLC. This is particularly true if you are planning to list and sell your house this year.
Even if you don't plan to sell your home this year, conducting this maintenance will help ensure your home functions well for the rest of the year. If selling is on your to-do list this year, this checklist will give you a great head start. Having an experienced real estate agent take a look at your house will allow you to get a specific list of additional items you will want to address before putting your house on the market.
Gutters — Pull leaves & debris out of the gutters and run a hose on the roof to check if there are any leaks that need to be fixed.
Siding — Power wash vinyl siding to prevent mold from forming. If you have wood siding, there may be areas that need a paint touch-up!
Air Conditioning — Schedule A/C service. To get the longest life out of your cooling system and keep it running as efficiently as possible, change the filters frequently. By having it serviced in the spring you avoid having your A/C break down when you need it most and technicians are the busiest — in the heat of summer.
Prevent Mosquitoes — The best way to prevent mosquitoes around your home is simply by getting rid of any standing water.
Windows & Door Screens — Check screens for holes & replace them if necessary. Clean windows inside & out! Let buyers focus on the view!
Fire Safety Check — Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. (Refer to the manual for how to do this.) Make sure that your fire extinguisher is in working order, and make sure you understand Home Fire Extinguisher Safety & Use (See Fairfax County fire & rescue how to). This should be on your monthly checklist; if it's not, then now’s the perfect time to begin.
Check for signs of termites — Beginning in March and going through May or June, be on the lookout for these winged insects; termites swarm in the spring.
Water Heater — Lubricate the circulating pump & motor. If you are not familiar with these parts, you may want to call in a professional for maintenance.
Inspect Driveways, Walkways & Pool Deck — Freezing and thawing is rough on concrete, asphalt, bricks, and stone — as well as other hardscaping materials.
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Inspect Hose Bib & Faucets for freeze damage by turning on the water and placing a finger over the faucet opening. If that stops the water flow, the pipe may be leaking within your house. Inspect further, and if necessary replace burst or broken pipe.
Basements — prone to dampness and insects — must be part of any thorough seasonal maintenance effort. Dampness suggests higher than normal relative humidity, inadequate ventilation and the need for a dehumidifier.
Roof — Inspect the roof for any missing, loose or damaged shingles that need to be replaced.
Deck or Porch — Check the deck or porch to see if they need to be weather treated or re-stained. Look for rusty or loose nails, and make sure the railings and stairs are safely secured. Replace rotting or lifting boards. Check railings for sturdiness, and adjust them if needed.
Sprinkler System — Replace or fix any valves that are leaking or not working!
Landscaping — First impressions are important! Whether you do it yourself or call in a pro, make sure to trim any overgrown plants; clear debris, and remove weeds. Don’t forget to plant fresh additions and add a pop of color with seasonal flowers!
Move Firewood — Remove firewood stored near the home. To prevent attracting termites and other pests — as well as rotting of firewood, it should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground and at least 2 feet from the structure.
Foundation — Check floors, concrete & walls for any cracking or deterioration. If needed, call a foundation professional who can help!
Bathrooms — Inspect the caulking around the base of the shower & sinks! If it is deteriorating, scrape it out & replace it. Buyers want to see a fully functioning bathroom — not worry about water getting through the shower or sink.
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"Spring Home Maintenance Checklist"
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