Early Spring Maintenance Checklist

We may be getting a bit ahead of ourselves, but it’s time to think spring! Even if you’re not quite out of the winter weather woods, we’ve got a short list of tasks you can tackle to get your home–both inside and out–ready for warmer months.
spring maintenance checklist
Spring Maintenance Tasks:
*Inspect your home’s exterior. Once the snow and ice has completely melted, take a walk around your house to inspect for any damage. Pay close attention to your roof and gutters. Harsh conditions may have had a detrimental impact on your shingles or other exterior areas, so you’ll want to note any damage and make arrangements to have it fixed.
*Repair leaks. Before rainy spring weather hits, check to make sure you don’t have any leaks, especially in a basement or attic. Double-check your door and window seals, too, in case they might need a fresh coat of caulk or new weather-stripping.

*Clean gutters. You wouldn’t expect a lot of leaves and debris to build up in your gutters during winter, but you’ll still want to examine their condition and give them a cleaning. Gutter maintenance is a pesky chore, but it goes a long way in ensuring water drains properly from around your home and helps protect your home from water damage.
*Prepare outdoor equipment. Now is a great time to check the condition of your outdoor tools. Consider an oil change for your lawnmower. Sharpen the blades of any cutting tools and add new trimming wire to a weedwacker.
*Schedule water heater and air conditioner maintenance. Performing periodic service will go a long way in extending the life of your water heater and air conditioning units. Keep in mind that temperatures must be above 60 for a technician to properly test an A/C unit.
What’s on your early spring to-do list?
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