Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
Every homeowner has a “to-do list”, but most never get around to actually doing it. Check out our spring home maintenance checklist. Simple things that can be done to eliminate the need for a larger home repair down the road. And, if you are like most people and simply don’t have the time, nor inclination, to tackle these small spring projects, call a qualified handyman. One call to Johnson City Handyman at 423-232-0585, gets you all the projects on your spring home maintenance checklist completed in a day, the proper way!
- Have your air conditioning system professionally serviced.
- Change/clean HVAC air filters.
- Clear debris from around the outside air conditioner and remove the cover if applicable.
- Disconnect electric power to the outdoor condenser on your air conditioner and clear it of leaves and debris with a vent brush, power blower, garden hose, or the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. If the cooling fins are exposed, be careful not to bend them. (If your yard has lots of trees and plants, wrap fiberglass mesh around the condenser coil to capture pollen and leaves. Replace the mesh as needed. Don’t allow debris to block airflow.)
- Vacuum the grille and register inside the home to ensure good airflow.
- Change your furnace filter.
Windows and Doors
- Inspect windows and doors to make sure they function properly. Replace if necessary.
- Check putty around window panes and weather stripping around windows and doors. Fix as needed.
- Check window and door screens and replace or repair as needed. Clean screening and check for holes. Tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames. Replace broken hardware.
- Check locks, latches, and hinges on your doors and windows. Replace or repair as needed.
- Trim back trees and shrubs as needed to eliminate over hanging branches and improve curb appeal.
- “Open” your pool for the swimming season. Make sure your pump and filtration systems work effectively and that your chemicals are balanced.
- Pressure wash your home’s exterior to keep mold from growing. Apply touch up paint as required to address paint failure.
- Turn on water to outdoor faucets. Turn on irrigation system, check sprinkler heads and make needed repairs.
- Clean the screens on roof vents and louvers
- Remove early signs of bird and stinging insect nests from eaves, ledges, etc.
- Check foundation walls and wooden areas at or near ground level for signs of termites and other wood boring insects. Look for pellet-shaped droppings or shed wings from termites.
- Check for missing or loose siding.
- Repair brick and mortar damage.
- Fill in holes in siding and foundation walls with expandable foam.
- Remove leaves, small branches and debris from gutters, downspouts and down-spout extensions so that water properly drains away from your home. Run a water hose down your roof and check for proper drainage. If leaks exist, dry the area and use caulking or epoxy to seal.
- Look for sagging or otherwise damaged gutter components and repair if necessary.
- Call Johnson City Handyman to install Gutterglove on your existing gutters, eliminating all of the above issues!
- Faucets and Shower Heads – Check interior and exterior faucets for leaks. Clean aerators. Replace washers if necessary.
- Drains – Clean with baking soda. Pour water down unused drains.
- Pipes – Inspect visible pipes for leaks.
- Kitchen and bathroom cabinets – Check under and around for leaks.
- Toilets – Check for stability and leaks.
- Flush out hot water to remove accumulated sediment.
Porch, Patio and Deck
- Clean and seal deck.
- Check wood for signs of rotting, replace as necessary.
- Bring outdoor furniture to the patio.
- Look for water stains where the deck ties to the house. Ongoing water leakage can lead to wood decay, weakening the deck structure and the house. If you have any doubt about the structural integrity of the deck, call a pro to investigate.
- Check for leaks.
- Check for damaged, loose or missing shingles.
- Check vents and louvers for birds, nests, squirrels, and insects.
- Check flashing around roof stacks, vents, and skylights for leaks.
You can download this spring-home-maintenance-checklist here and print it out for future reference.