Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
☐ Inspect roof for shingles that are missing, curled up at edges or have moved out of position. (Get bids/book repairs/replacement early to avoid a lengthy delay.)
☐ Clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure they are still in place and properly secured.
☐ Have a professional inspect and clean chimney.
☐ Check for new or worsening cracks and changes in level of all cement or asphalt driveways, walkways, steps and porches. Check handrails for sturdiness.
☐ Look for pooling water after big spring rains close to home foundation.
☐ Check landscape elevation next to house to make sure drainage slope still properly directs water away from home foundation.
☐ Inspect painted surfaces and touch up if necessary.
☐ Check exterior water spigots and supply lines for cracks and leaks.
☐ Check condition of caulk around doors and windows.
☐ Have A/C tune-up performed.
☐ Consider spraying perimeter of house for ants and other insects.
☐ Inspect deck surface and handrails for sturdiness; wash/re-seal if necessary.
☐ Inspect all yard playground equipment; make sure areas underneath have proper cushioning and equipment is still tightly assembled at joints and in good condition.
☐ For walk-out basements, check retaining walls for damage.
☐ Check fences around property and pools for damage, especially if home has small children/pets.
☐ Replace furnace and air conditioning filters (have the furnace inspected and cleaned).
☐ Test smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries. (Replace detectors every 10 years.)
☐ Test fire extinguishers.
☐ Inspect/clean entire length of dryer vent to outside or have it professionally inspected/cleaned.
☐ Check indoor and outdoor air vents for blockages.
☐ Inspect attic for moisture and signs of animal intrusion.
☐ Check basement for any interior cracks or water seepage.
☐ Check that sump pump is operating; if battery back-up exists, check that battery still holds charge.
☐ Have basement drain inspected and any roots/debris removed to avoid backup into basement.
☐ Spring clean to eliminate clutter.
☐ Wash windows and inspect screens for damage/holes.
☐ Make note of all large/newly purchased items. Discuss with your insurance agent to make sure items are properly insured.