Spring is right around the corner which means it’s almost time for spring cleaning! March is an ideal time to start those projects around your house that have been on your list for a while.
Here are some maintenance tasks we recommend you do to keep your home in tip top shape:
1. Clean the gutters
Remove leaves and other debris that have piled up over the winter so the gutter system will be able to handle all those May showers. If your gutters are blocked, this can cause the water to overflow, which can potentially damage siding and foundations. One trick to avoid this is to install gutter guards. The screen types usually work the best.
2. Clean the AC condenser
If you have central air conditioning, it’s important to remove any dust and debris that has built up on the unit so that it can run efficiently. You can do this quickly and easily but spraying the outside with a hose. Don’t use a brush and be careful if pressure washing - you don’t want to damage or bend the fins.
3. Prep the yard
Now is the perfect time to start giving life back to your yard. Clean up branches, stones, and leaves. If you have roses and other spring flowering shrubs, lightly prune them by removing old flower stems.
4. Clean the siding
Winter often leaves behind a lot of dirt and grime that can cause mildew, and shorten the life of siding. Plus, your home will look clean and fresh just in time for spring! All you need is a bucket of warm, soapy water and a long handled brush to get the job done.
5. Clean and repair outdoor decks
We know you’ll be having lots of BBQ’s this spring and summer, so now is the time to give that deck a facelift. Clean up leaves and debris, especially between the boards. This prevents staining and reduces the chance of rot. Check for loose boards, and reset protruding nails to keep your deck safe.
6. Caulk around windows and doors
Inspect the caulking and repair any that was battered during the winter. Check around your windows, doors, and corner trim to prevent water infiltration and avoid costly repairs.
7. Inspect walkways and driveways
Winter can take its toll on concrete and asphalt. The freeze and thaw cycles can cause cracks and break apart stone. Seal cracks to prevent the cracks from getting larger with sealant made for the specific material of your driveway or walkway.
8. Check out that roof
Look for loose or missing shingles, worn and rusted flashing, and cracked boots around vent pipes. Binoculars (or if you have a drone, those work too!) aid in spotting any issues without having to climb up a ladder.