Spring is right around the corner and with spring comes a long list of home maintenance chores. As I've said in the past, proper maintenance of your home saves you time and money. Springtime is the perfect time to prepare your home for the summer months ahead. Don't try to do it all in one weekend, but do get it done.
Donald Kummick is the GM of the new Mr. Handyman in McCordsville, IN. He recommends the following list be used when planning your spring maintenance.
- Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause water damage
- Make sure they are cleaned, repaired or replaced if necessary for the impending spring showers and thunderstorms
- Power Wash
- Porches, decks and siding can benefit from a super wash
- Removing grime, mildew, sap and other materials can extend the life of your home's exterior materials
- Inspect deck thoroughly, including underneath
- Moisture damage near the joints is a common problem in decks that can result in structural problems
- Check steps and railings to make sure they are safe
- Make necessary repairs
- Cooling Units
- Change filters on existing air conditioning window units for efficient operation
- Programmable thermostats can be installed to regulate energy use
- I would recommend a professional cleaning of your central air conditioner as well
- Water Heater
- Draining sediment regularly can extend the life of the water heater
- If your water heater needs replacement consider going green and replacing the unit with a tankless water heater.
- Shelving and storage can be installed in garages to help organize spring tools
- Check the caulk around windows and doors and replace as needed
- This helps to lower energy costs and keep the house cool
Don't forget to include any sheds or mini barns on your property in your maintenance plans. They are important to the appearance and functionality of your property.
An often overlooked part of home maintenance is the outdoor playground structures for your children. They also need a good power wash and safety check. Remember to tighten the bolts and nuts and check for broken equipment and replace as needed. This will not only save you money but also give you peace of mind regarding the safety of your children.
As always remember, proper maintenance is the key to a happy, functioning home!