The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and it’s time to start prepping your home for the warm weather ahead. Spring is the perfect time to give your home a little TLC and make sure everything is in working order before the busy summer months.
And for those of you looking to sell your home this season, completing a few key home maintenance tasks can even help increase your home’s value.
We’ve put together a comprehensive checklist covering everything from plumbing and appliances to HVAC systems and electrical safety. Use this handy guide to ensure you don’t overlook any crucial home care tasks this spring.
Plumbing maintenance for spring
Most of your plumbing may be hiding behind walls or under floors, but that doesn’t mean you can forget about it until there’s a problem. Winter can be hard on plumbing, so a little attention now can help prevent any big issues from springing up (pun intended!) later on.
- Check all faucets and fixtures for leaks. Look for drips, water stains, or puddles around the base of your sinks, toilets, showers, and from any exposed pipes.
- Inspect your home’s supply lines. These flexible hoses connect your home’s water supply to the shut-off valve. Look for any cracks, leaks, or signs of wear and tear.
- Flush your water heater to remove any sediment that has built up over the winter.
- Test your sump pump to make sure it’s in working order.
- Check your home’s gutters and downspouts to ensure they are debris-free.
- Inspect hoses and sprinklers for any cracks or leaks.
- Have your septic system professionally inspected and pumped, if necessary.
- Check all exposed pipes for leaks, cracks, or other damage.
- If you have a septic tank, have it inspected and pumped if necessary.
Appliance maintenance for spring
Your home is full of appliances that you rely on every day. From your refrigerator to your washing machine, these appliances work hard to make your life easier. But like anything else, appliances need maintenance from time to time to stay in good working order:
- Clean your home’s ventilation hoods and exhaust fans over the stove.
- Clean your dryer vent to help prevent fires and use hot water and soap to clean your lint trap.
- Run your dishwasher through a cycle with just vinegar and water to clean the interior.
- Wipe down the outside of your refrigerator, and vacuum the coils on the back to keep it running efficiently.
- Check your refrigerator’s water filter and replace it if necessary.
- Run your dishwasher and clothes washer and inspect the hoses and valves for any leaks or damage.
- Run your garbage disposal with several ice cubes to sharpen the blades. Add an orange or lemon rind to make it smell fresh, or clean the drain by pouring a mix of white vinegar and baking soda in while the disposal runs.
HVAC maintenance for spring
As the weather starts to warm up, it’s time to start thinking about your home’s air conditioning system. Spring is the perfect time to have your HVAC system serviced by a professional and do a little maintenance to help keep it running smoothly all summer long.
- Clean or replace your home’s air filters to help improve air quality and keep your system running efficiently.
- Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace the batteries if necessary.
- Clean all vents and registers to make sure they are not blocked by dust or debris.
- Change the direction of your ceiling fans to a counterclockwise motion to help circulate cool air in the summer.
- Inspect your home’s ductwork for any leaks or damage.
- Check your air conditioner’s outdoor unit to ensure it is free of debris.
Electrical maintenance for spring
Your home’s electrical system is one of the most important and dangerous systems in your home. Doing a little maintenance every spring will help keep it running safely and effectively.
- Test all GFCI outlets, smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace the batteries if necessary.
- Inspect all electrical wiring for any damage. Make sure they are not frayed or split.
- Walk through your home and listen for humming or buzzing sounds that could indicate an electrical problem.
- Have a professional inspect your home’s electrical panel to make sure everything is in good working order.
- Feel switches and outlets to check if they are hot to the touch, as this could also indicate an electrical issue.
Spring home tips to increase value
If you’re thinking about selling your home or just want to increase its value, there are a few basic home improvement projects that are great to do on a sunny day:
- Give your home a fresh coat of paint, inside and out.
- Pressure wash your home’s siding and walkways.
- Tidy up your landscaping by pulling weeds, trimming bushes, and planting flowers.
- Upgrade your home’s hardware, like doorknobs, light fixtures, and faucets.
- Replace older appliances with new energy-efficient models.
These simple projects can go a long way in making your home look its best. And when it comes time to sell, you’ll be glad you did!
Home improvements and basic maintenance tasks are important to keep your home in good working order, but they’re also time-consuming — and you might not have the necessary skills or tools to do them yourself.
Lee Company can help! We offer a wide range of home maintenance and repair services, from plumbing and electrical to HVAC and appliance repair. Contact us today to get your home in tip-top shape this season!
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