If you’re waiting for the start of spring, you missed it.
After a very mild winter, with only a few short freezes, it seems like we went straight to summer. But if you check your Farmer’s Almanac or a calendar, spring started on March 20.
For all of us, that can only mean one thing. It’s time for our annual spring home maintenance tips.
However, unlike the way things work for our friends up north, some of our spring home maintenance tips may include some ideas that would be for the summer in other places.
As always, we suggest you start with the exterior. Examine the roof and gutters or get a professional to do it. It’s likely the gutters may need cleaning. And as far as the roof, you want a qualified professional to examine it for potential leaking problems, especially because it will be hurricane season before you know it.
Considering the upcoming hurricane season, you need to take a good look at your trees. A professional may have to tell you if any trees or limbs could be a hazard in high wind and rain.
As far as the garden, this is a great time for spring planting and trimming bushes.
Also, examine doorways, sidewalks, walkways, siding and decks to make sure there are no hazards or obstacles. Again, if you need repairs here, it’s best to call in a professional. Additionally, check the sprinkler and irrigation systems.
The last thing to consider on the outside is whether your home needs a good power washing before the rain season. And is this finally the year to paint the exterior. If it is, spring is the perfect time.
There are also a number of things to consider inside your home in the spring. Start with the HVAC system. We had a mild winter, so the heater may not have been used much. But you don’t want to wait for the heat and humidity of summer to learn that your air conditioner needs repair. You should actually have regular maintenance done on your HVAC system in the spring and fall.
Then, take a look at caulking and grout for holes and cracks. You may be able to make these repairs, but you could need the help of a qualified handyman. Also check to see if screen doors and windows need repair.
If there’s discoloration in the walls, that may be a sign of moisture and mold problems. Like the roof, this is something that should be addressed before the rainy season.
It seems like a lot of work. Start by making a list. Determine what you can safely do yourself and what requires a professional. Your part may take only a few weekends. As far as the professional, it’s best to make decisions and schedule an appointment as soon as you can.
One more thing. Enjoy the spring!