Part of being a homeowner means staying on top of your home’s maintenance. After a long cold winter, spring is the perfect time to do a deep clean and get your home ready for any summer projects you have in mind. Winter can be hard on our homes, and spring is an opportunity to give your home the attention it needs to recover! When you take the time to inspect your home at the beginning of the season you can then budget time and money to make any changes, improvements or repairs that are necessary. Here is our Homestead spring cleaning checklist to make sure your home is functioning optimally and to get it renovation ready for your next project!
Outdoor Home Maintenance
Winter can really wear on your home, particularly in our Red Deer climate. Use this list and take the opportunity to inspect the exterior of your home for any damage or areas that need improvement.
Using binoculars from the ground, or climbing up a ladder, check your shingles for damage. Look for popped nails, missing or shifted shingles and any other signs of wear and tear. If your home was recently built or worked on by a certified builder, your roof may still be under warranty under the Alberta New Home Warranty program.
Take a careful look under eaves and near gutter downspouts for water stains. Water stains could indicate your gutters are not adequately containing roof run-off from rain and snow.
Inspect the exterior of your windows to make sure that all the weather stripping has remained intact. You want to be sure there is no leakage around windows so you’re not losing warm air in the winter and cold air in the summer.
Deck and Patio
Check your deck for warped, loose or splintered boards. Look to see if you need to restain it, expand it or fix it up. Also, take the opportunity to consider if you want to improve your outdoor space for entertaining or a play area for your kids.
Indoor Home Maintenance
Before you start inspecting your interior for damage, we recommend you do some spring cleaning. Move through your home room by room as you clean and keep an eye out for problems like cracks in the walls, mildew deposits and damage to the flooring or ceiling.
Basement and Attic
These areas of your home require frequent inspection. As the uppermost and lowermost areas of your home, they have the most potential for moisture, animal or insect issues. Be sure to take a careful look at the insulation and ventilation to make sure they functioning optimally. In your basement, look carefully to ensure there are no foundation issues.
Plumbing and Leaks
Check all of your kitchen and bathroom sinks to make sure all the connections to pipes and hoses are properly sealed. Also, look at your dishwasher, washing machine and hot water heater for any sign of corrosion or leaks. Catching leaks early can save you huge amounts of money in the long run.
It’s important to have your furnace checked in the fall to make sure it’s in working order. Similarly, if you have an air conditioning system it’s a good idea to have inspected early in the season. The more efficiently your furnace and air conditioning work the more reliable they will be when you need them most. Also, this helps you make sure you’re not overpaying on your utilities.
Whether your home is new, old or somewhere in between – taking an active stance in your homecare and maintenance helps ensure you and your family can enjoy it for years to come. Good luck in your spring cleaning this season, we hope our checklist made the task seem a little more manageable!
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