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11 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Spring has sprung, and with it comes the perfect opportunity to give your home some much-needed TLC. Now there’s spring cleaning and there’s spring maintenance, and today we’re focusing on the latter. As the weather warms up and nature comes back to life, it’s essential to equip your home for the changing seasons. 

To help you get started, we’ve compiled a comprehensive home maintenance checklist of 11 essential tasks to tackle this spring.

What is Spring Cleaning?

Before we spring into action, we just want to differentiate spring cleaning from spring maintenance. 

Spring cleaning involves vacuuming, dusting, cleaning baseboards, purging your closet, washing your rugs and upholstery, etc. It gives a home a refresh, and we highly recommend going through EDGEhomes’ spring cleaning checklist! 

But for today’s blog, we’re getting down to the nitty gritty—the foundational things that make a home a house. Did we just coin a new saying? Let’s get into it.

1. Clean the Roof and Gutters

A gloved hand cleaning up leaves from a house’s gutters, a home maintenance service

Over the winter months, debris such as leaves, twigs, and even ice dams can accumulate on your roof and clog your gutters. Take the time to clear these out to prevent water damage and ensure proper drainage during spring showers.

2. Give the Windows a Refresh

Winter weather can leave your windows streaked and dirty, so take the time to give them a thorough cleaning inside and out. Not only will this improve your home’s appearance, but it will also allow more natural light to filter in. You can either power-wash them yourself or hire a local company to get the job done.

3. Reseal Woodwork

If you haven’t guessed by now, winter can be tough on your home—especially in Utah. Your woodwork is no exception. Wooden decks, fences, and other outdoor woodwork can take a beating during the winter months. Inspect them for any signs of damage or wear, and reseal them as needed to protect against moisture and prolong their lifespan.

4. Paint the Exterior if Needed

A woman painting the exterior of her house with a paintbrush

This home maintenance checklist item is more of an aesthetic fix than anything, but a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for your house (and heart). If you’re looking for a better reason, it can also help protect against the elements. Inspect the exterior for any peeling or chipped paint, and touch up or repaint as needed to keep it looking its best.

5. Check for Termites

Termites are typically more active as the weather warms up, which totally bugs homeowners. Spring is an ideal time to inspect your home for signs of infestation. Look for mud tubes, hollowed-out wood, and discarded wings, and consider hiring a professional if you suspect an issue.

6. Inspect the Irrigation System

Before you start regularly watering your lawn and garden, ensure your irrigation system is in good working order. Check for leaks, clogs, and misaligned sprinkler heads, and adjust as necessary for optimal coverage.

7. Aerate and Fertilize the Lawn

You can fertilize your lawn multiple times a year, but we highly recommend doing it at least once in the spring. Before that step, consider aerating your lawn. Aerating allows your lawn to soak up vital nutrients, promoting a deeper root system that can defend against pesky weeds as the weather warms up. 

After aerating, try to fertilize your lawn within 48 hours. This will encourage healthy growth and also help ward off said weeds.

8. Assess Your AC

Now for some indoor home maintenance musts.

Don’t put this one off; your July self will thank you should there be any problems. With warmer weather on the horizon, now is the time to make sure your air conditioning system is up to the task. Change the filters, clean the vents, and consider scheduling a professional tune-up to ensure optimal performance throughout the summer months.

9. Check the Water Heater

Your water heater works hard year-round, so it’s essential to give it some attention during your spring home maintenance routine. Check for leaks, sediment buildup, and signs of corrosion, and flush the tank if necessary to keep it running efficiently.

10. Repair/Replace Caulking and Weather Stripping

Inspect the caulking and weather stripping around windows, doors, and mechanicals for any signs of wear or damage. Repair or replace as needed to keep out drafts and moisture and improve energy efficiency.

11. Clean the Furnace

Your furnace has likely been working its tail off to keep your home warm throughout the winter months here in Utah. Before you switch it off for the season, take the time to clean or replace the filter, vacuum out any dust or debris from the vents and ducts, and ensure proper airflow for optimal efficiency. A clean furnace not only operates more efficiently but also helps maintain better indoor air quality for your family.

You’re All Set for the Warmer Months Ahead

What did we miss? Drop a comment if you have a must-have home maintenance item that we didn’t cover! By following all or some of these tips, you can ensure that your home is in top condition and ready to enjoy the season ahead. Whether you’re tackling these tasks yourself or enlisting the help of professionals, investing in your home’s upkeep now will pay off in the long run. Here’s to a happy and healthy home this spring!

Need someone to do the dirty work for you? We’ve teamed up with several home maintenance services to ease your burdens as a homeowner.

More questions? Let’s talk!

Date

06/10/2024

Category

Home Care

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