It’s that time of year when a lot of homeowners do spring cleaning, but what they often forget is a thorough spring home maintenance check! By reviewing your home for possible maintenance deficiencies, you can prevent major repairs, which can be costly.
Where do I inspect?
- Attic – Now that winter is over, check the attic to ensure you have no leaks or nesting critters. Ensure you check the insulation and look for any pest droppings, as well as signs of mold or water damage.
- Basement – When in the basement, you will want to check for any cracks in the cement walls, as this can happen with severe weather changes. You will want to ensure there are no leaks or excess condensation around the basement windows. It’s also a good idea to check for any pests that could have snuck in over the winter.
- Foundation – With the snow melted, you can complete an exterior check of your foundation walls. This will help ensure your basement stays dry. While checking for cracks in the foundation, it is also good to look for any damage or cracks in the siding that might need to be addressed.
- Roof – You can safely and easily do a quick inspection from the ground. You will want to look for missing, torn or curling shingles. If any of these are present, you may want to have a reputable roofing company do a thorough inspection.
- Gutters – It’s always a great idea to ensure all your gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and leaves. This will be especially important if you have trees nearby.
- Outside Lights – Springtime is the perfect time to check and replace any exterior lights that might have burnt out over the winter season.
- Air Conditioner/Furnace – Spring is also a great time to do a check-up on both your air conditioner and furnace – after the furnace has been working hard all winter and before it’s so hot you need the A/C on. You will want to ensure the filters are changed or in good condition and that all mechanics look intact. If not, you might want to call a technician to give them a once-over.
- Smoke Alarms – Be sure to give them a test and ensure they are working. It could also be a good time to do a yearly battery change.
- Window Seals – With all the cold weather in Canada, it’s no surprise that window seals can become faulty. You will want to check for cracked caulking, as well as general condensation, which could mean the window is in need of repair or replacement.
With the winter taking a toll on our homes, springtime is the perfect opportunity to ensure maintenance is up to date in order to keep your family safe and cozy.