This has been one heck of a New England winter! Before we know it, the warmer weather will be here (really). Spring is the perfect time to assess the condition of your home and tackle any needed maintenance and repairs. To help you, the Cormack team has put together a spring home maintenance checklist.
Importance of Regular Home Maintenance
Your home is your largest investment. And like anything of great value, it needs ongoing care and maintenance. When left unattended, even the smallest problems can quickly become bigger and more expensive problems. “Regular, consistent maintenance is the best way to protect the value of your home, so be sure to thoroughly assess your home each season,” says Steve Sousa, Project Manager at Cormack Construction.
Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
Inside Your Home
Early spring can be a little chilly for outdoor maintenance, so start with the inside of your home. Here are a few important areas to check:
1. Air Conditioning System
To make sure your AC is working when you need it most, check all system connections, change your filter, and if it’s been a while, schedule a service appointment.
3. Doors & Windows
Inspect all your doors and windows for cracks, rot, and mold. If they are sticking for no apparent reason, this can be a sign that your foundation is shifting and you’ll need to consult a professional.
4. Walls & Ceilings
As homes settle, cracks can form in your walls and ceilings. “Most of these are cosmetic in nature, and not a serious issue. However, any crack wider than one-eighth of an inch can be a sign of a structural problem,” explains Sousa. Also, a yellow or brown crack indicates that you have a moisture issue.
Check for cracks in your cement walls or any signs of water seepage. Inspect your basement windows for water leaks and signs of mold. Take a look at your sump pump, and check for corrosion around your water heater. While you’re down there, look for signs of critters or pests.
Outside Your Home
During the winter months, your home can take quite a beating. Spring is the perfect time to inspect the outside of your home for damage. Use this spring home maintenance checklist:
Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home and like everything else, it will wear out over time. If you have damaged, buckled, or missing shingles, your roof will need to be repaired or replaced.
2. Gutters and Downspouts
Over time, your gutters and downspouts can get clogged, preventing water from being properly directed from your home, and causing damage. “This is especially common in neighborhoods with lots of trees and vegetation,” Sousa points out. This debris should be removed and any holes in your gutters should be properly patched with exterior grade caulking.
Inspect your foundation from the outside, checking for cracks. While you’re there, inspect your home’s exterior walls, siding, and brick for damage.
4. Windows & Doors
Cold weather can cause cracks and harden the sealing caulk around your windows and doors. These cracks can cause water to seep in, and heating and cooling to escape, increasing your energy bill. Inspect the seals on all windows and doors and have them repaired as needed.
5. Fencing & Decking
Fence and deck maintenance is especially important, as the safety of your family could be at risk. Make sure there are no damaged, cracked, or split boards, and check for weakened or unstable areas. And if it’s been awhile since you’ve stained or treated your deck, now is a good time to get this done.
Home Maintenance Assessments
Feeling overwhelmed? Taking care of a home is a lot of work. If you don’t have time to go through a home maintenance checklist, the experts at Cormack Construction can do it for you. Contact us today to set up a Home Maintenance Assessment. Similar to a home inspection, a home maintenance assessment will identify any maintenance needs or potential problems with your home.
Home Maintenance Services in New Hampshire’s Lake Region, White Mountains, and Western Maine
In addition to remodeling and building custom homes, the Cormack Construction team provides expert home maintenance and repair services in New Hampshire’s Lake Region, White Mountains, and Western Maine. Cormack’s experienced professionals can manage any home maintenance and repair project—big or small. Contact us today to discuss your home maintenance and repair needs.