Add our 12-point spring home maintenance checklist to your spring-cleaning to-dos. Tackle the little things today before they become big repairs tomorrow. Time-proven home maintenance saves Oklahoma homeowners time and money.
When you set your clocks ahead for daylight-saving time, it is time to tackle spring cleaning. Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Then give your home a checkup. Follow these Department of Housing and Urban Development suggestions:
Check Home Interior and appliances
- Check the basement and/or crawlspace for any signs of standing water or dripping.
- Pull your dryer out and clean the exhaust hose and vent (lint found here is a common cause of house fires).
- Vacuum refrigerator/freezer coils for efficiency.
- Clean exhaust fan outlets and screens.
- Check all air filters and replace them, if necessary.
Look at Home Roof, Siding, and Windows
- Check for damage to your roof and have a professional inspection, if necessary.
- Go into the attic. If there is visible moisture or discoloration, your roof might be leaking.
- Examine the paint on your siding and trim. If it is peeling, you might need new paint to protect against the effects of the weather.
- Check for leaks around window and door sills. Improving your seals can lower your energy bills.
Work on the Yard and House Exterior
- Check for signs of rodents and other pests.
- Clean debris from gutters and downspouts, and make sure they drain away from your house.
- Trim overhanging tree branches and shrubs.
Spring Home Maintenance Checklist Saves Money
Remember, winter weather often causes significant wear and tear. While it is easy to spot, it is often overlooked. The spring home checklist lets you tend to it today while diverting future costly repairs. It’s well worth a little extra time on home maintenance this spring. Save yourself some money while preventing damage that may be more serious.