Spring Property Maintenance Tips
This is the season to get your yard in shape, fix winter damage, and tackle interior jobs that require good ventilation.
Foundation, Masonry & Exterior Surfaces
- Check foundation walls, floors, concrete and masonry for cracking, heaving or deterioration. Repair problems.
- Check chimney for loose, deteriorated or missing mortar. Repair problems.
- Check grading for proper slope away from foundation walls. Build up soil wherever needed.
- Check all wood surfaces-especially at the soil level-for weathering, peeling paint or dry rot. Fix now or this summer.
- Check deck, patio, porch, and exterior stairs and railings for deterioration or damage. Repair now or this summer.
- Remove debris from gutters and downspouts. Repair any leaks.
- Check for any missing, loose or damaged shingles. Have these replaced.
- Check for open seams, blisters or bald areas on flat roofs. Have these fixed.
- Check flashing around all surface projections and sidewalls.
- Check antenna supports for possible leak sources.
- Check fascia and soffits for deterioration and damage.
- Check roof louvers for damage or plugging (birds nests, etc.)
- If ice dams were a problem last winter, have your attic properly insulated and ventilated.
- Repair or replace torn screens or broken windows. Replace broken sash ropes or hold-open devices.
- Check basement and crawl space for moisture or leaking water. Take care of all moisture problems.
- Check your home's cooling system before hot weather arrives.
- Open vents in crawl space and vent crawl spaces in basements.
- Once windows can be opened, do any interior painting, varnishing or other projects where odor can be a problem.
- Check your smoke detector when you change clocks ahead.
- Take note of slow drains or back-ups. If needed, have sewer pipes cleaned before a really big back-up occurs.
Lawn & landscape
Spring is planting season, and a great time to clean up the yard from the winter.
- Plant trees, shrubs, flowers and/or vegetables.
- Plant grass seed in bare patches.
- Apply pre-emergent weed preventer, if needed. Fertilize lawn, if needed.
- Remove left-over fallen leaves, dead plants and lawn debris. Trim shrubs that brush against the house.
- Unless trees are storm damaged, hold off tree trimming until autumn or winter when it's healthier to prune trees.