The Ultimate Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
With spring around the corner, it’s time to get outside (inside too!) and make sure every corner of your home is in tip-top shape. Here’s a checklist of tasks to tackle in the coming days and weeks.
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Last Week of March
Inside the House
- Check the basement for water damage: Water can seep in through foundation cracks and other exterior crevices. Check the basement for a musty smell, water stains and damp surfaces. If you find signs of water damage, walk around your house and check for cracks and crevices in the foundation.
- Inspect and repair sump pump: Before spring showers roll in, test your sump pump and clean out any debris. If your pump runs on electricity, it’s smart to have a backup, battery-powered system for it. In the event of a power outage, you don’t want your sump pit to overflow.
- Clean range hood: If your range hood is doing its job -- venting fumes from your cooking -- grease will build up, and it’s not like you’ll be able to see it. Now’s the perfect time to pull out the filter and soak it in dishwashing detergent or even run it through the dishwasher. Don’t forget to wipe down the inside (and outside) of the hood itself.
Outside the House:
- Check for signs of termites and other pests: Get outside and check for telltale signs of termites, which can cause serious damage to your home’s infrastructure. If you see insect wings, mud tubes or damage to wood on or around your home, contact a termite professional right away for an evaluation.
- Inspect and repair siding and peeling paint: Take a walk around the house to assess the entire exterior. Fix or replace damaged siding (or call in a pro to handle it). Strip peeling paint and replace it with a new coat.