Posted by Jaclyn Dougan on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 10:51:25 AM By Jaclyn Dougan / February 28, 2023 Comment
Spring Home Maintenance Must-Dos:
A guide on the essential maintenance tasks that need to be completed before listing your home this spring.
It's that time of year again! The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer. The weather is finally starting to warm up and that means one thing: it's time to start thinking about selling your home!
That means it's time to start thinking about your spring home maintenance checklist. After a long winter, your home may need some TLC. But don't worry, we've got you covered. In this blog post, we'll share our top spring home maintenance must-dos. From deep cleaning to checking for pests, we'll make sure your home is ready for the warmer months ahead. Keep reading for more tips on how to prepare your home for sale this season! So without further ado, let's get started!
Inspect your roof for any damage or missing shingles
Inspecting the roof of your property is vital in maintaining its structural integrity and staying protected from bad weather. It's important to make sure there is no damage such as rotten wood, cracked or missing shingles, and any other signs of aging or wear and tear. Checking for these indicators can help avoid costly repairs down the line. Plus, it's a smart preventative measure that could help increase the resale value of your home. Be sure to inspect your roof on a regular basis for any issues that might arise over time.
Clean out your gutters and downspouts
Cleaning out your gutters and downspouts can be an annoying annual chore, but is an important aspect of home ownership. The purpose of a gutter is to collect rainwater and direct it away from the foundation of your house, while the downspouts are designed to safely remove large volumes of water from the roofing system. Keeping these pathways clog-free ensures that rainwater is not allowed to back up and flow between the walls and sills of windows or under shingles, potentially leading to rotting wood, flooded foundations, and serious structural damage. Make sure to use caution when cleaning out your gutters since it’s recommended to work from a ladder rather than from atop the roof. Protect yourself by wearing safety goggles and gloves so you don't get poked with sticks or cut on sharp edges. In the end, taking a little bit of time each year for this task will save money in the long run!
Check the caulking around your windows and doors
With the changing of the seasons comes an important reminder to check the caulking around your windows and doors. Taking a few moments each season to ensure that caulking is still in good condition can prevent cold air or rain from infiltrating your home. A quick visual inspection is all it takes to determine if caulk needs to be replaced, saving you time and money down the line. If you find any cracks or crevices, a fresh application of caulk can make all the difference in keeping your home comfortable and secure.
Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
It's imperative to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on a regular basis. Not only could it potentially save you money by avoiding costly false alarm fees, but more importantly, it could potentially save your life or the life of a loved one. A fully functioning smoke or carbon monoxide detector is able to detect any problems with safety in your home long before they become serious threats. Therefore, be sure to check these devices on a yearly basis as part of your home inspection routine, and if anything fails the test, carefully follow the instructions for replacement or repair. Remember, never take the risk of having inadequate home fire protection!
Flip your mattress to prevent body impressions
Flip your mattress to maintain its ability to provide maximum support. When you first purchase a new mattress, it has the ideal elasticity and softness that gradually becomes more consistent on one side after continued use. Flipping ensures you get the even bedding surface for optimal comfort and body support over the life of the product. Ignoring this simple measure can leave an unpleasant impression or indent in the mattress that cannot be removed and may even cause body aches or soreness. It is advised you flip your mattress often, every 6 months or so, to maintain its longevity and avoid restless sleep due to lack of proper support.
Vacuum all upholstered furniture including under the cushions
Vacuuming upholstered furniture can be a tedious job, but it is necessary to maintain upholstery in good condition. One of the most important steps when cleaning is to vacuum underneath the cushions as well as over them; this will prevent dust and other allergens from settling there. Make sure to use an appropriate extended nozzle attachment so that all of the corners are reached. You may even want to take it a step further and remove the cushions, giving you deeper access into crevices and those hard-to-reach areas under the frame. Regularly vacuuming your upholstered furniture will not only make them look more clean and welcoming, it will also extend the life of your pieces for many years to come!
By following these six simple tips, you can streamline your home's spring cleaning checklist and be sure that your home is ready for the warmer months ahead. Not only will this give you peace of mind, but it will also help to ensure the safety of your family and guests. Do you have any other tips for streamlining the spring cleaning process? Share them with us in the comments below!
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