It’s Spring and You Know What That Means

Spring is right around the corner….and that means it is time for Home Maintenance To-Do List! – or, the annual 10 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring post

Spring in Idaho
Spring in Idaho

Our checklist is from several sources that we put together to help you focus on the most important areas that require attention. Check each item this Spring and get ready to enjoy the Summer!

  • Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and gutters are clear and free of debris.
  • Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in summer, it creates a breeding ground for insects.
  • Check the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Make repairs or caulk now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood.
  • Examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start a budget for replacement. The summer sun can really damage roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified professional roofer.
  • Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep. Check the mortar and have any cracks or spacing filled.
  • Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home’s foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.
  • Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure.
  • Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. While you’re at it, check the garden hose for dry rot.
  • Have a qualified HVAC contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis, at least every other month.
  • Check your gas and battery-powered lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer use. Clean equipment and sharp cutting blades will make yard work easier. Have your lawnmower professionally tuned up.

My guest blog post is from the professionals from Columbia Mortgage who are always looking out for your best interest! Columbia Mortgage offers the resources you need to make informed decisions regarding your real estate-related needs. Family-owned and operated since 1994, Columbia Mortgage is an independent mortgage broker with over 38 years of combined experience in the industry.

Thank you Tyler, Grant, and J.J. for your dedication and excellent service to my clients past and present!

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