Read on for a very helpful Spring Home Maintenance Checklist to get your home ready for the Spring.
The clocks have gone forward, the daffodils are out, and the temperature is rising – spring is here! It’s a season of transformation as winter melts away and flowers start to bloom, and one that motivates many to start a home improvement project (or two).
If you’re looking to take proper care of your property, inside and out, a great first step is preparing your home for warmer weather and checking for any damage that may have been caused by departing winter’s ice, frost, and even snow. This not only helps you prepare for larger projects, but it’s also a great way to fix small issues before they turn into big problems.
Not sure where to start? We’ve organised tasks for different areas of the home to get you on your way.
- Inside the home
- Look for leaks around windows. This means caulking and weather stripping may need to be replaced. If you see cracks, it might be time for new windows. Failing to do so could mean your home will take longer to heat or cool, which could be costly in the future.
- Clean your windows. You may even consider fitting them with fly screens. These prevent debris from entering your home and can protect your home from unwanted insects that start to come out when the weather heats up.
- Clean typically neglected areas, such as blinds, rails, cabinets, drawers, and closets. Give them a good cleaning by using the appropriate products for the material type. And to get the professional domestic cleaning treatment, book a spring clean from Merry Maids, a member of the ServiceMaster brand family, today.
- Inspect your loft space for signs of rodents or other intruders. Their droppings could lead to wood rot in your attic and can have harmful health risks to your family.
- Look for damp insulation or leaks caused by melting ice dams. During the winter months, your home can fall prey to a number of problems in the roof space. Ice dams will need to be removed since they may lead to leaks in your attic which could cause mould in your insulation. Water damage may also occur as it leaks into your home’s walls.
- Go over walls and ceilings for signs of water damage. If you see some signs of water damage, contact ServiceMaster Restore for comprehensive water damage restoration services to help address the issue as quickly as possible.
- Outside of the home
- Clean gutters to remove any blockages and allow water to flow properly. Having blockage could lead to overflow that can fall along the foundation of the building or even lead to structural damage.
- Check the roof for missing shingles, damaged pipes, or anything out of the ordinary. If you’re not comfortable climbing on the roof, do a once-over with binoculars. Don’t hesitate to reach out to an expert for help if you notice anything out of the ordinary or are unsure if repair is needed.
- Inspect your driveway for cracks or damage caused by thawing ice and frost. Ice and snow cause soil to expand, which can lead to unsightly damage to your driveway. Cracked concrete can also cause damage to cars and tripping hazards.
- Check outside-facing walls for damage to stucco, brick, or wood. Look for stains that could indicate water damage inside the walls. Don’t panic if you spot any, stucco damage repair and damage to walls can be fixed by professionals.
- Look for foundational cracks that may require repair. Not taking care of these now could lead to extensive water damage if there’s a flood. The water will spill into the cracks and could cause uneven floors or mould growth
- Find your home’s sump pump and make sure it’s still in working order. Check to make sure that the water drains properly and away from your home by clearing debris and pouring water into the pit.
- Remove debris and leaves that can prevent new grass from growing underneath. This will also help prevent harm to children playing on the lawn and falling on hidden branches etc.
- Trim bushes, trees, and other foliage that may have grown out of control. Pruning helps remove dead branches that may blow into your home during strong winds.
- Check decks and patios for boards in need of repair, then clean the boards to extend the life of the wood. A damaged patio board could lead to injury if not fixed, and could also lead to extended damage throughout the patio.
- Clean outdoor barbeques to get rid of old debris and mess. Excess grease can lead to a flare-up and possible fire damage to your home if it’s located near your property. Cleaning a grill also helps heat it faster.
- Assess the state of your lawn furniture and equipment. Be sure to repair or wash it as necessary. If lawn furniture is broken or run down, get in touch with a furniture restoration business like ServiceMaster’s very own Furniture Medic to give it a new lease of life and prevent further damage. Chairs can wear down after being exposed to the elements, and children’s playground equipment may also need to be inspected to avoid injury.
- Take inventory of your gardening equipment to make sure you have what you need for maintenance, flower beds, etc. Lawnmowers and other gardening equipment will require maintenance to continue functioning. For example, lawnmowers need oil changes once every spring or 50 hours of use to run well for years to come.
These are simple actions that can have a long-lasting payoff, so make sure you’re going through them on an annual basis. Failing to do so could result in costly damage to your home that will require home restoration services.
But should the worst happen, and your home experiences extensive water, mould, or other property damage, remember that you don’t have to struggle on your own. The experts at ServiceMaster Restore are here to help. We’ll work with you to address the problems you may have found during your inspection and make sure that your home is safe from damage.
Find your nearest ServiceMaster Restore today or call 0845 762 6828 and see how we can help you recover.
Credit: Tom Page, Digital Content Writer – ServiceMaster