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Spring Into Home Maintenance With This Complete Checklist!

Spring is the season of new beginnings, and what better way to start fresh than by giving your home the attention it deserves? 

After the long winter months, it’s time to thaw out and prepare for the warmer days with our comprehensive Spring Home Maintenance Checklist.

Cherry Blossom Spring Blooms in Northern VirginiaSpring Home Care Begins Here:

Inside Out: Indoor Maintenance

1. Breathe Easy With HVAC Care: After winter’s heavy use, service your HVAC system. Changing filters is essential for maintaining good air quality and efficiency. Clean air conditioner condensate line, which can become clogged over time.

2. Safety First: Test and replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, if necessary, to ensure they’re operational when you need them most. Change batteries in security cameras, keypad locks, etc. If you have had your smoke detectors for a while, consider replacing all with combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. Every bedroom should have one, plus an additional one in hallways outside bedrooms, and a minimum of one on every level.

3. Check Your Water Heater: Look for any signs of leakage or rust. It might be time for an inspection or a new model.

4. Inspect your Basement: When the weather begins to warm, check for dampness and/or leakage. If you have a sump pump, check that it and the line are clean and operating properly.

5. Deep Cleaning: The time-honored spring cleaning tradition of freshening up your living space isn’t just a myth. Tackle one closet, cabinet, or room at a time and ruthlessly purge unneeded items. Deep clean the inside of the dishwasher, especially the filter in the bottom. Clean the washing machine gasket and soap baskets, interior sink, and shower drains, removing hair and build-up.

6. Kitchen and Bathroom Care: Clean and unclog the dishwasher filter and clean the inside of the door, edges and gently around the gasket. Re-caulk between edges of tile and tub, and at tile corners, and corners between counter and backsplash.

7. Water Systems Maintenance: Change water filters and replenish water softener products. Remove limescale from fixtures regularly before it builds up.

House in Spring Outdoor Home MaintenanceExterior Essentials: Outdoor Maintenance

8. Roof and Gutter Roundup: Inspect your roof for damage and clear your gutters and downspouts of winter debris to prevent water damage. Eliminate standing water in gutters to reduce mosquito-breeding opportunities.

9. Examine Windows and Doors: Look for damaged or impaired windows or door seals. Re-caulk or replace seals as required.

10. Facade Focus: Check for and patch cracks and holes in your home’s exterior. Repair or replace siding as needed for continued protection and curb appeal. Clean algae off siding, brick, decks, trim, and even the roof.

11. Deck Inspection: Check for any signs of warped, loose, or splintered boards. Look out for popped nails that need to be replaced. If the finish on your deck is faded or worn, it’s time to pressure wash and reseal it.

12. Outdoor Clean-Up: Clean exterior windowsills, windows, porches, and furniture after spring pollen has settled. Power wash stoops, walkways, porches, furniture, and other exterior items that are often neglected, like trash cans and mailboxes. Use nature-friendly cleaning supplies. Donate or send unused yard decorations, toys, etc., to the curb or dump.

13. Lighting: Replace exterior light bulbs with low-wattage, warm-white LEDs.  Become familiar with the Dark Sky Initiative. 

Beautiful Outdoor Flower Gardens in SpringFoundation to Foliage: Landscape and Beyond

14. Landscape Longevity: Prune back all vegetation and overgrown bushes from structures. Consider transitioning your plantings to all native plants to boost native butterflies, bees, insects, and birds. Spring is a good time to divide and re-plant plant clusters in borders for more lush coverage.

15. Avoid Pooling Water: Make sure water drains away from your home to avoid foundation problems. Clean outside drains in window wells and stairwells.

16. Grass and Garden Prep: Remove dead leaves and winter yard debris. Aerate your lawn to help it breathe and thrive. Spread pre-emergent granules on lawns, brick and stone walkways, and patios so weed seeds die after germination. Mulch beds to slow weed growth.

17. Pest Control: Consider installing bat or birdhouses to assist nature in mosquito and other insect control. NEVER spray yards with chemicals for insect control. This practice is utterly destructive to nature.

Pretty Spring Trees and Home in Northern VirginiaGetting ahead of these spring maintenance tasks will protect your investment, save on future repairs, and make your home more comfortable, inside and out!

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