If the sight of temperatures creeping upward fills you with spring fever, you are not alone. We all are restless for the hotter and longer days just around the corner. But before you can kick back on a toasty evening with a crisp glass of red wine or IPA, you’ve got to get your home in tip-top shape. Check out this Spring Home Maintenance Checklist from our industry experts designed to help streamline YOUR home renovation project.
The month of March, when temperatures are rising but before those dreaded April showers, is the perfect time to get down to those maintenance projects.
March home maintenance projects can improve the quality of your home and extend its longevity.
So where do you start with dusting off that winter reside? Give our Spring Home Maintenace Checklist a try! Check out this handy checklist of maintenance projects that will get your home ready to roll when the weather gets warm. If you’re struggling to get the energy to tackle those chores, we’ve provided tips on how to accomplish them faster and easier or with the help of a pro. Because let’s face it, you’re busy.
- Clean the gutters
Task: Remove all the leaves, pine needles and other debris that has accumulated over the winter so your gutters are ready to handle the spring showers. Make sure the downspouts are draining away from the foundation and are clear of debris. Overflowing gutters and blocked downspouts can cause damage to side and foundation.
Shortcuts: Install gutter guards which include screens, foam inserts and surface tension covers. These help to keep debris out of the gutters. In general, screen types work the best.
The pros: Gutter cleaners charge $100 to $250 to clean 200 linear feet of gutter on a two-story, 2,500 square-feet home. And professional installation of gutter guards can cost $7.40 to $10 per linear foot.
- Clean the AC condenser
Task: Remove any dust or debris that has accumulated on the AC condenser (the big metal box sitting outside of your house), so the AC will work efficiently.
Shortcuts: Hook up a water hose and spray the outside of the AC. The water will melt away the built up gunk. Try not to use a brush and be careful pressure washing because it could damage or bend the fins.
The pros: Having the professionals service your AC costs $100 to $250, and includes cleaning the condenser and lubricating the fan. How to clean YOUR AC Condenser.
- Prep the yard
Task: Now is the time to start bringing your yard back to life before temperatures warm up for real.
Shortcuts: Remove branches and stones, and use your mower with a bag to catch any dead leaves or twigs. For full beautiful roses, most landscaping experts will tell you to prune your bushes just before the plant breaks dormancy and after final frost. This is usually around mid-march for most of the country. If you have any diseased buds, bag and toss them in the trash to avoid any fungus spreading or infestations.
The pros: A lawn service will charge $65 to $90 for mowing and leaf removal on a regular-size lot.
- Clean the siding
Task: Get rid of dirt and grime that can cause mildew which will shorten the life of your siding. An added bonus is the exterior of your home will look fresh and new for spring.
Shortcuts: You don’t always need a fancy cleaning solution or power washes; a bucket of warm, soapy water and a long-handled brush will suffice. Rinse with water from the garden hose.
The pros: Cleaning the siding on a two-story, 2,500 square-feet home will run you about $900 to $1,150.
- Clean and repair outdoor decks
Task: Clearing your deck of the leaves and debris left behind by winter, especially between deck boards, will prevent staining and reduce the chance of rotting. Be sure to check for any loose boards and reset protruding nails to keep your deck safe for you and your guests.
Shortcuts: Use a flat-head screwdriver to pry gunk from between the boards. Use a deck cleaning product to revive faded boards.
The pros: A deck-cleaning company charges $80 to $480 to clean a 16 by 20 foot deck.
- Caulk around windows and doors
Task: Inspect caulking and repair any that has wear and tear from winter.Check around your doors, windows, and corners to prevent water infiltration and avoid any costly repairs.
Shortcuts: If you feel like you’re continuously caulking, cut down on the frequency by buying high-quality siliconized acrylic latex caulk for exterior use. It has good adhesion and flexibility and cleans up easily with water.
The pros: A professional caulking job on an average-size home costs $178 to $410.
- Inspect walkways and driveways
Tasks: The harsh temperatures of winter can be tough on concrete and asphalt. The freeze and thaw cycles can break apart stone and concrete. You will want to seal cracks with sealant made for the material of your driveway or walkway to prevent further damage.
Shortcuts: Stuff cracks with foam backer rods to reduce the amount of sealant you’ll need.
The pros: A handyman will repair cracks and holes for $100 to $250.
- Inspect the roofing
Task: If your home has an older roof, you may want to start a budget for the potential replacement costs. Take a closer look at your roof to check for loose or missing shingles, worn flashing and cracked boots around vent pipes.
Shortcuts: Make it easy on yourself and your eyes by checking your roof with a pair of binoculars while standing firmly and safely on the ground.
The pros: A professional contractor will inspect your roof, but the charges will accumulate when it’s time for the repairs. Starting fees may begin at $95 to replace a broken shingle and $200 to replace boots and flashing.
The spring season is just a few weeks away, by focusing on these tasks; you and your family will be able to look forward to spending more time relaxing and enjoying your home. So get going, March 21st is the official start of spring time!