Home maintenance can feel like a daunting chore — particularly for a new homeowner. But it doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. A home operates with the seasons, coming to life in the spring and hunkering down for the winter.
THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME
Inspect: Walk around the outside of the house: Are there cracks in the concrete? Is the driveway in good condition? Check the roof for signs of loose or broken shingles. Check the foundation for cracks or signs of water pooling.
Down Spouts: Your down spouts control the flow of rainwater on your house, protecting your roof, siding and foundation. Clogged spouts can cause a roof to leak or water to infiltrate your house. Clean them at least twice a year.
Give the house a bath: Spring is a good time to give the house a good scrub, washing all the winter away. Take the storm windows off and wash the windows, inside and out. The house can get grimy, too. Wait for a warm, dry day and get to work.
Patio or deck: You may not use your deck all winter; chances are it has a layer of winter grime across it. Sweep it clean. Inspect your deck, looking for signs of cracked wood and loose nails. Pull out any leaves or debris from between the boards. Then clean it thoroughly.
INSIDE YOUR HOME
Furnace: Schedule your furnace cleaning if you haven’t done it in a while. Clean out your Air Conditioner for debris accumulated over the winter.
Plumbing: Give your pipes a good once-over, checking under sinks to make sure there are no signs of leaks. Look up at your ceilings too for telltale water stains – a sign of a leak in the wall. Check faucets for drips and the flapper in the tank of your toilet to make sure it has not worn out.
Sump pump: Spring often brings rain. Check your sump pump to make sure it’s draining properly. You do not want to wait until a major rainstorm to find out that the pump’s motor is not working.
Check your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors: It is recommended to change batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detector once a year to make sure they are in working condition.