PREPARING YOUR HOUSE FOR SPRING: WHAT TO CHECK

Winter is over and it’s time for a spring refresh and maintenance. To make the process easier for you, we have prepared a spring screening checklist. Here’s a list of things to check, both indoors and outdoors.


OUTSIDE SCREENING.

Roof and tile. Cold weather, strong winds, and temperature extremes can cause damage to your roof and tile. Make sure that the surfaces are intact and undamaged. If repairs are needed, contact your insurance company to see if your policy may cover it.

 

Drain and gutters. It’s time to clean the drain and gutters of last year’s leaves and debris. We recommend checking the system and making sure that water does not flow onto the ceiling and foundation.

 

Ceiling and foundation. In addition to checking for flooding, verify that the walls do not have cracks, mold, and the siding is intact and does not need to be replaced or painted.

 

Landscaping.  Remove leaves, branches, and other vegetation. Trim trees and bushes.  Check garden equipment, including lawnmowers and trimmers, for serviceability.  Repair sidewalks and paths that may have suffered damage during the winter.

 

Decks/Steps. Check for any rot that may be present and use a sealer or protective stain on all wood products.

 



INSIDE.

Basement and attic. Carefully inspect the basement and attic for leaks or damage and check for mold or rodents.

 

 

Windows and Doors. Verify the integrity of the window screens to avoid the entry of insects. Seal windows and doors for better energy efficiency.

 

 

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.  Clean or replace filters and change settings on HVac and Mini Splits to reflect the season!

 

 

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If you didn’t do it during the winter, now is the best time to check the detectors and replace the batteries.

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