Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
Spring has sprung, and with it comes preparing the home to break out of hibernation. The winter
weather can take a toll on houses. Luckily, we've created a spring home maintenance checklist
to make sure you're ready to go.
- Clear out the gutters. Make sure your spring cleaning includes removing leaves, sticks, and
debris from your gutters. This prevents water from backing up and causing damage to your
- Clean your windows. Deposits from melted snow and wind can make windows cloudy. Though
this is listed in the next section of this home maintenance checklist, while you're here you can
make sure to do the insides as well.
- Check the roof and exterior walls. Winter weather can loosen shingles, aggravate cracks in
the masonry, or weaken siding. You should also check for any areas that might need new paint.
- Examine your seals. Check the caulking and and weather stripping around windows and doors
for faults and cracks.
- Pressure wash. This removes any mould or embedded debris.
- Move outdoor furniture and grills back outside. This way you're ready once the weather breaks
to relax in the backyard.
- Make sure your lawnmower works. Inspect and test all lawn-care equipment, including sprinklers
- Clear any remaining debris from your lawn. That first hit of cold and snow can cover up the
straggling leaves that fell last autumn. Clear them from your grass so it grows back lush.
- Get an inspection and tuneup for your air conditioning unit. When it comes to home
maintenance, there's nothing worse than having your air conditioning conk out in the
middle of the summer. Make sure yours is in working order before the real heat comes.
Also, be sure to replace your air filter every three months or so. A clogged filter can reduce
efficiency and lead to higher energy bills.
- If you don't have central air, reinstall your window-unit air conditioners. Make sure you're
ready for summer before it hits.
- Install a smart thermostat. They're perfect for busy homeowners who can't (or forget to)
turn down their thermostats whenever they're out of the house. Some, like Nest thermostats,
automatically raise and lower temperatures based on your schedule. They can also be adjusted
- Test your smoke detector and carbon-monoxide batteries. Double-check that your alarm
batteries work, and replace any detectors—and fire extinguishers—past their expiration dates.
- Clear lint from your dryer vents and grime from your ducts. Lint buildup in dryer vents can also
lead to fires, and clogs in return vents force the dryer to run for longer, causing energy bills to rise.
- Examine window screens. When the weather's balmy, you'll want to throw those windows open;
any holes in the screen will allow pests to fly right in.
- Oust visitors from your attic. Small animals, such as squirrels or bats, might have found their way
inside during the winter. Check your attic to see if you have new guests.
How often should each of these tasks be performed?
Unless otherwise noted, you should keep this up at least once year, so hold on to this list fo
r next spring.