Spring is a great time to get a head start on preparing your home for warmer temps. Below we’ve provided a simple checklist to help you stay on top of home maintenance.
- Replace batteries in smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors (use the equinox or “spring forward” time change date as your annual reminder).
- Dust ceiling fan blades.
- Replace (or remove and clean) furnace air filter on the following schedule:
- High-efficiency and electrostatic filters need to be replaced once per quarter.
- Simple fiberglass or paper filters should be replaced quarterly.
- Reusable mesh filters should be cleaned monthly (do not reuse filters unless they are specifically intended for it).
- Spring is a great time for a thorough exterior review… Walk around your house and inspect the following:
- All vents (dryer vents, exhaust fans, furnace intakes, attic and crawl-space vents, etc) – remove any debris or obstructions, repair any tears or damage.
- Siding and trim – check for loose boards and peeling paint, repair as needed.
- Foundation – inspect for cracks. If any are found, take photos for future comparison. if cracks are over 3/16” wide or have increased in size since your last inspection, consult a professional.
- Roof – check for leaks, missing or damaged shingles, rusted flashing, or other visible deterioration, repair as needed. We recommend using a professional here for safety, consider using someone from our Marketplace.
- Gutters and downspouts – make sure there are no areas where water pools, and that all draining water flows away from your house.
- Check exposed wood for deterioration. Poke with an awl or screwdriver to determine if wood is softening and may need to be repaired or replaced.
- If you remove your storm windows and doors, clean and repair them before putting them away for the summer.
- Clean windows and reinstall window screens if stored in the fall.
- Clean gutters of any accumulated debris.
- Remove weatherproof covering from outdoor air-conditioning units and clear away debris.
- Have air conditioner serviced and coolant levels checked.