Spring is finally here, and with that comes spring cleaning and home maintenance.
As spring is approaching, there are several things you should do to get your house ready for the warmer months.
Read on to learn more about a spring home maintenance checklist.
WHAT IS A SEASONAL CHECKLIST?
A seasonal checklist breaks down the work into feasible sections and helps you stick to a schedule. By using a seasonal checklist you can stay on top of regular home maintenance tasks and avoid several costly repairs.
This checklist will allow you to keep your house in the best condition while not feeling overwhelmed or overworked.
SPRING HOME MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST
Getting your home ready for the spring may seem like a huge production, but we are here to tell you that you can break the work up and get it done in no time.
Make sure your home is ready with the following tips:
TOUCH UP, RESEAL, AND CHECK FOR LEAKS
Touch up paint on the outside of your house, reseal exterior woodwork and check for termites. Take the opportunity and reseal any outside woodwork. This will help the structure last longer, whether it’s a wooden deck, fence or secondary building.
Winter storms can be rough on roofs. Make sure to inspect your roof for leaks or damages (we’ll get into why later).
Any type of damage such as missing shingles and damages to pipes can cost you more money in the long run it isn’t fixed in time.
CHECK THE WINDOWS AND HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning)
If you have a HVAC installed in your house, take the time to check the filters. Dust and grime can build up, which makes the air dirty around you. It’s easy to change filters, just make sure you have the correct one.
If your filters are dirty, go around and check the windows. It is likely that your windows need washed from dirt build up from the air.
Since you’re checking the windows, inspect the window screens and repair if needed.
The winter can be a time where no one wants to inspect trees, outside appliances or even inside appliances like the fire extinguisher.
Take the time to trim any trees that might be leaning toward your home. If a tree falls on top of your home, it could result in serious damage.
Moving back inside the house, check your fire extinguisher and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
PREPARING FOR APRIL SHOWERS
With spring approaching, this means a lot of rain. It is important to prevent interior and outside water damage. Here are some tips to prevent any water damage from being done to the outside or inside of your house.
It is not fun to clean the gutters, but it is necessary. We recommend cleaning your gutters two times a year. It is important to keep the gutters clear of leaves and debris so that water is able to flow down them.
You should also check the downspouts so water can flow down them. The downspouts should point away from the home to avoid water from being close to the house.
CHECK YOUR INSURANCE
Most insurance policies will cover any accidental water damage due to rain, but not flooding. Call your insurance company to clarify your water damage policy. Heavy rain and flash flooding is common in North Central West Virginia; it is best if you make sure you are covered.
To read our in-depth blog about the consequences of water damage, click here.
PREPARING FOR MAY FLOWERS
Spring is prime time for allergy season.
Below are easy, quick tips that you and your family can be doing to keep the pollen out.
WINDOWS AND AIR FILTERS
It may be tempting to open your windows and let the spring air in after a cold winter, but for those with allergies, the fresh air can become very irritating.
During allergy season, keep your windows closed and use central air to keep your house cool.
Also check and change out your air filters in your heaters and air conditioning vents to prevent any dust and dirt from coming into the house.
CONQUER THE DUST
Dust can easily come into your house without you even noticing it, but dust can irritate your respiratory system. It is pivotal to dust your home during allergy season.
To reduce the amount of allergens in your home, dust your home at least once a week.
We recommend using a microfiber cloth instead of a broom, which will just push the dust around. Microfiber is designed to pick up tiny particles.
For your curtains and blinds, use a vacuum attachment to treat them. If your curtains are washer safe, wash them. We recommend doing this at least once a month.
GET RID OF MOISTURE
It’s tempting to let the bathroom just dry after having a shower, especially late at night; however, moisture in the bathroom can lead to increased mold spores.
Wipe down the bathroom walls and floor with a microfiber cloth after your shower, and leave the door open instead of closing it.
Plants can make your house look fresh and bright, but mold can easily grow in them. To prevent mold from growing in your plants, place household plants in an area with good circulation.
Tip: Water your plants with ice cubes. You won’t get any lingering puddles of water, which can lead to mold.
Elite Custom Builders | Residential Builder in Bridgeport, WV | Surrounding Areas
All of these tasks may seem like chores, but it is easier to maintain a home rather than completely fixing it.
If you run into an issue while completing the above inspections, and you’re not sure how serious it is, give us a call.
ECB is a is a commercial and residential construction company serving several areas in North Central West Virginia, including:
- Cheat Lake
- Preston county
- We also work in the Pittsburgh, Pa. area
Thinking about doing a remodeling project on your home this spring?