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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring is that time of year when you need to give your homes the once over and assess any winter damage, figure out what needs to be done, and schedule the work so your home is in tip-top shape for the warmer months ahead.

Use this checklist to get your home spring ready:

SAFETY
  • Install new batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (important to do monthly testing)
  • Dust and test all detectors
  • Check fire extinguishers (at least once a month)
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)

MECHANICS & SYSTEMS
  • Clean or replace furnace filter and heat recovery ventilator (HRV)
  • Check water heater for leaks (if unit is older than 5 years schedule an inspection)
  • Clean humidifier (should be done on a monthly basis)
  • Check sump pump and sewer backup valve (if installed) – consider a battery backup too
  • Schedule or inspect air conditioning
  • Get air conditioner drained and professionally cleaned
  • Clean your outdoor dryer vent and exhaust ducts are unobstructed
  • Schedule an maintenance and/or energy efficiency inspection

KITCHEN & BATHROOM
  • Inspect bathroom and kitchen caulking. Re-caulk as needed.
  • Test and clean kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans
  • Clean kitchen exhaust hood and filter
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils

EXTERIOR
  • Inspect foundation, basement or crawl spaces (check for cracks and leaks and address them now before they get worse)
  • Inspect any outdoor structures for damage and repairs, like sheds and garages
  • Check and clean gutters, eavestrough and downspouts (check for leaks, make sure they are attached securely and clear of debris)
  • Check exterior finishes (paint, stain and touch up as needed)
  • Check siding and masonry for damage and schedule repairs, like repointing if needed
  • Remove storm windows and screens
  • Turn on exterior water supply
  • Check grading around your home and watch for water pooling
  • Inspect driveway and paths for frost damage
  • Inspect fences, especially around a pool and make sure gate latch is in working order
  • Schedule deck inspection
  • Clean and seal deck (if needed)
  • Schedule pool inspection

ROOF & ATTIC
  • Check roof for damage from the winter (look for loose or curled and cracked shingles)
  • Check attic for leaks, mold, moisture intrusion, fire hazards and critters