Spring is in the air, and it is the perfect time to prepare a home maintenance checklist. Here are some quick tips to get ready for the season.
Check Your Roof and Gutters
Take a look at your roof to see if you have missing or damaged shingles. Sweep the roof and inspect your gutters to clear out leaves and debris.
Test Your HVAC System
Hire a professional contractor, or look up DIY methods to keep your HVAC system working at peak performance. Interior air filters should be changed about once every three months. This may be helpful to anyone in your household who experiences spring allergies.
Check The Attic
Check your attic for proper ventilation, wet spots and bird’s nests. Make sure to protect yourself from insulation by wearing long sleeves and gloves.
Inspect Windows and Doors
Check all windows and doors for cracks, gaps, and holes that could allow drafts and insects into your home. Replace or repair damaged weather stripping or caulk to keep your home energy-efficient.
Service Your Lawn Equipment
Prepare your lawnmower and other gardening tools to ensure you’re ready to maintain your property this spring and summer. Clean the equipment, sharpen the blades if necessary, and fill them with gas and oil.
Check Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Ensure that all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working correctly. Replace batteries if necessary and test the detectors to ensure they function correctly.
As a general rule of thumb, experts recommend that homeowners set aside 1% to 2% of the home’s value each year for routine maintenance. Doing a seasonal checkup can help you plan and budget any scheduled maintenance you may need.
A spring home maintenance checklist is necessary to maintain your property’s efficiency. By performing the above tasks, you’re taking proactive steps to ensure that your home is in top condition, and you can avoid costly repairs in the future. For a more comprehensive home maintenance checklist, check out the government of Canada’s Home Care – A Guide to Repair and Maintenance>>