Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Clogged gutters with leaves

Spring is the perfect time for a fresh start. As your home slowly awakens from winter hibernation, prepare for warmer temperatures by following this maintenance checklist. You may be able to complete many of the tasks yourself, but if you need extra assistance, Ferris Home Improvements would be happy to lend a hand in our areas of expertise.

Maintain Your Roof

The roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements. Start with a visual inspection to look for missing or damaged shingles, which may indicate more significant issues. Ensure that all metal pipes, vents, and flashing are secure and intact. To avoid leaks and water damage, call Ferris Home Improvements to address any damage you find.

Repair or Replace the Siding

Examine your home’s siding for any damage that might have occurred during the winter. Look for cracks, warping, rot, or other signs of wear and tear. Timely repair or replacement can prevent water damage and pest intrusion, improving your home’s energy efficiency and durability.

Paint the Exterior

Refreshing your home’s exterior with a new coat of paint boosts curb appeal and adds a layer of protection against the elements. After inspecting the siding and conducting any necessary repairs, paint it a fresh, exciting color. Spring’s mild temperatures make this the perfect time of year to repaint, setting up your home to look its best for years to come.

Clean the Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters direct rainwater away from your home’s foundation. Clean out any debris that has accumulated over the winter to prevent blockages that may cause water damage. If you find leaky, detached, or sagging gutters during your inspection, schedule a repair as part of your spring home maintenance checklist.

Enhance Your Outdoor Living Space

As the weather gets nicer, the focus shifts to your outdoor living space. Consider adding a custom deck or screen room to maximize your time outdoors. You might also enhance your existing patio with a beautiful new pergola or Struxture Pergola. Then, stain, paint, or seal the wood structures on your property this spring to improve their appearance and extend their lifespan.

Seal Your Windows and Doors

Check the caulk and weatherstripping around your windows and doors. Cracked or worn-out seals lead to drafts and increased energy bills. Replacing these seals often improves home comfort and energy usage. However, in some cases, installing new windows and doors may be necessary to see the improvements you seek.

Install Insulation

Proper insulation is the key to a comfortable and efficient home environment. Check your attic, walls, and basement for adequate insulation levels. Adding or updating the insulation in these areas can greatly improve home efficiency and reduce heating and cooling costs.

Check the Sprinkler System

A properly functioning sprinkler system is crucial for maintaining your landscape’s beauty and health. Start by manually running each zone and walking around the property to inspect. Check for broken or damaged heads and adjust any that are misdirected, especially if they spray the house, fence, or sidewalk. Your efforts help save water and protect your home from unnecessary moisture.

Prevent Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are a nuisance, but what’s more, they carry diseases like West Nile virus. The key to preventing mosquitoes is to eliminate standing water around your property. Regularly check for and remove accumulated water in items like buckets, birdbaths, and clogged gutters. This simple step reduces the mosquito population around your home and protects your family, friends, and pets from unpleasant bites.

Inspect and Repair Sidewalks and Driveways

Inspect the hardscaped surfaces around your property for damage caused by winter’s freeze-thaw cycle. Look for cracks in concrete or asphalt and schedule repairs as needed. Timely maintenance of these areas improves curb appeal and prevents cracks from worsening, which could cause tripping hazards for residents and visitors.

Check the Air Conditioner

As temperatures rise, a well-functioning AC unit becomes essential. It’s important to service your air conditioner in the spring so it’s ready when hot summer temperatures arrive. Change the filter, adjust the thermostat setting, and make sure all vents are open and unblocked. Then, hire a licensed HVAC professional to inspect and service the equipment. Regular maintenance ensures efficiency and prolongs your system’s life, keeping your home cool and comfortable all season long.

Test the Sump Pump

Spring often brings increased rainfall, making it essential to ensure your sump pump is in working order. Test the pump by pouring water into the pit until the pump activates. This simple check can prevent basement flooding and water damage during heavy rains.

Schedule Home Improvement Services

Ferris Home Improvements is here to help you keep your home in top condition. Our team boasts over 40 years of experience, specializing in residential and commercial indoor and outdoor improvements. We’re not just a home improvement company—we’re proud members of our community, serving Delaware, Northern Pennsylvania, and parts of Maryland since 2004. For help completing your spring home maintenance checklist, please call us at 302-998-4500 today.