With the days lengthening and weather warming, spring is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects. Now that the threat of winter storms has passed, you can look for damage and make any needed repairs, as well as prep your home and garden for summer. We spoke with OUR experts to get helpful tips on what to watch for this season, from proper irrigation to mosquitoes and termites.
First up is Steve Thomas with National Property Inspections, he is my go-to home inspector. Here is his spring-ready list!
1. Clean gutters and downspouts. After the last frost has passed, it’s important to have your gutters and downspouts cleaned and repaired. Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause the wood trim at the eaves to rot, and that c invite all kinds of critters into your attic space, Having your gutters and downspouts cleaned early in the season can also help prevent damage from spring rains. Gutters and downspouts should be clean and running free, If your downspouts are installed properly, water is diverted away from the house so that no water collects around your foundation.
2. Reseal exterior woodwork. Wood decks, fences, railings, trellises, pergolas, and other outdoor structures will last longer and stay in better condition if they’re stained or resealed every year or two. Take this opportunity to make any needed repairs to woodwork as well.
3. Inspect the roof. Winter storms can take quite a toll on the roof. When spring arrives, start by making a simple visual inspection of your roof. It doesn’t require a ladder, and you certainly don’t have to get on a roof to look. Use binoculars or a camera or smartphone with a telephoto feature if you need to. Look for missing shingles, flashings that need sealant, vent collars that are deteriorated, or anything that simply doesn’t look right. If you notice anything that needs closer inspection or repair, call a roofer.
4. Paint exterior and caulk any open seams as needed. If you’re planning to repaint your home’s exterior this year, spring is a good time to set it up. Want to paint but can’t decide on a color? Explore your town and snap pictures of house colors you like.
5. Inspect driveways and paths. Freezing and thawing are rough on concrete, asphalt, and other hardscaping materials. Take a walk around your property to look for damage to walkways, paths, and driveways, and schedule repairs as needed. Asphalt can often be patched and concrete cracks can be sealed.
6. Check sprinkler and irrigation systems. Look for leaks and adjust spray patterns as needed. Checking your sprinklers or irrigation systems in the spring can save water and help maintain your lawn through the upcoming hot weather.
7. Check doors and windows. Screens are designed to let the breeze flow in and keep bugs out, but they can only do their job if they’re free from holes and tears. Before setting up your screens for the warm months ahead, be sure to carefully check each one and repair any holes or tears, no matter how small. You can find screen repair kits at most hardware and home improvement
8. Schedule air-conditioning service. Home inspectors see a lot of air-conditioning systems that are not taken care of, just because it gets cool doesn’t mean it’s working efficiently. To get the longest life out of your cooling system and keep it running as efficiently as possible, check filters each month and hire a licensed professional to service the equipment before the start of summer.