It’s time to make sure your home is ready for warmer weather and the changing climate. An ounce of prevention goes a long way when it comes to maintaining your largest investment.
1. Check your deck for protruding nails, repair any damage planks, and apply a new coat of stain if necessary.
2. Clean out your air conditioning filters and have your system checked by an HVAC professional to ensure it is operating efficiently. Make sure leaves and other debris are cleared from around your outdoor unit.
3. Walk around your foundation and look for any low areas where settling may have occurred. Fill these areas in and ensure that water drains away from the foundation. Take note of any cracks and re-evaluate them in a few months. If they are getting bigger, have a structural engineer check them out.
4. Check that your garage door closes securely and is balanced. Unhook the garage door opener and make sure that you can lift the door without exerting too much effort. Finally, test safety sensors to make sure they are working.
5. Clean out your gutters and make sure your downspouts are directing water away from your foundation. Water near your home is one of the most common ways that foundation cracks develop over time. Trim branches and shrubs away from your home and roof.
6. Check your roof for any damage to shingles or flashing.
7. Fertilize your yard in the Spring to replenish nutrients that may have been lost through the winter
8. Turn on the outdoor water faucets.
9. Take down the Christmas lights. (Please tell me this has been checked off a long time ago!)
10. Check windows and doors for any cracks or tears in weatherstripping, screens, and caulking
Mandatory Extra Credit: Fill the propane tank, clean the grill, and invite your neighbors over. There’s more to life than work.