Winter has finally given way to spring. Unfortunately, it may have left behind some damage to your home’s exterior. Now is a good time to assess the condition of your home and address any needed maintenance or repairs. Use our Spring Home Maintenance Checklist as your guide.
Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
Your roof protects your home from the elements all winter long and takes quite a beating. Be on the lookout for granules in your gutter, or damaged, buckled, or missing shingles—all of which are signs of a failing roof.
2. Gutters and Downspouts
Check your gutters and downspouts for debris and holes, which can lead to improper water drainage and damage to your home. Remove any debris and patch any holes with exterior grade caulking.
Check your foundation for cracks and seal any vertical ones that are between ¼ and ½-inch wide with concrete-compatible caulking. This will help keep out moisture, soil smells, and radon gas (common in New England).
Note: Any cracks that run horizontally or are wider than half an inch need the attention of a cement foundation contractor or structural engineer.
4. Doors and Windows
Check the seals around your doors and windows. Cold weather can cause cracks and harden the sealing caulk. These cracks allow water to seep into your home and heating and cooling to escape. Ensure there is no rot or mold. Reseal or replace your doors and windows as needed.
5. Steps and Decking
It’s essential to maintain your steps and decking for safety reasons. Check for damaged, cracked, or split boards, and ensure there are no weakened or unstable areas. Replace boards as needed, and if it’s been awhile since you’ve stained or treated your deck, check that off your list as well.
Be on the lookout for leaks and signs of mold or water damage. While you’re there, make sure no mice, insects, or other critters have taken up residence over the winter.
Winter can wreak havoc on your chimney. If it’s been a while, schedule a professional inspection and cleaning. If you don’t have a chimney cap, consider installing one to keep out nesting critters during the warm weather months.
Schedule a Home Maintenance Assessment
Your home is your largest investment and taking care of it is a lot of work. If you don’t have time to go through our home maintenance checklist, Cormack’s home maintenance and repair experts can do it for you. Contact us today to schedule a Home Maintenance Assessment. Similar to a home inspection, a home maintenance assessment will help you identify and prioritize any needed maintenance or repairs.
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If you’re in need of home maintenance or repair services, contact the award-winning professionals at Cormack Construction. We’re your local home building, remodeling, and maintenance experts.