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Home Maintenance Checklist – Spring Cleaning Tips

Below is a home maintenance checklist offering Spring cleaning tips, and advice to get your home’s systems in good working order for the upcoming warmer months.

  1. Have your air conditioning system professionally serviced.
  2.  Change/clean HVAC air filters.
  3. Clear debris from around the outside of air conditioner, removing the cover, if applicable.
  4. Inspect windows and doors to make sure they function properly. Replace if necessary.
  5. Check putty around windowpanes and weather stripping around windows and doors. Fix as needed.
  6. Check window and door screens. Replace or repair as needed.
  7. Check locks, latches, and hinges on your doors and windows. Replace or repair as needed.
  8. Trim back trees and shrubs as needed to eliminate overhanging branches and to improve curb appeal.
  9. “Open” your pool for the swimming season. Make sure your pump and filtration systems work effectively, and that your chemicals are balanced.
  10. Pressure wash your home’s exterior, and apply touch-up paint as required to address paint failure.
  11. Remove leaves, small branches, and debris from gutters, downspouts, and down-spout extensions so that water properly drains away from your home.
  12. Look for sagging or otherwise damaged gutter components. Repair if necessary.
  13. Inspect your basement or crawlspace for dampness.
  14. Turn on water to outdoor faucets, turn on irrigation system, and check sprinkler heads. Make needed repairs.
  15. Clean the screens on roof vents and louvers.
  16. Examine caulking around sinks, tubs, and showers. Reapply if necessary.
  17. Remove early signs of bird nests and stinging insect nests from eaves, ledges, etc.
  18. Check foundation walls and wooden areas at or near ground level for signs of termites and other wood-boring insects.

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