We make it easy to build your dream home, but it’s up to you to maintain it and keep it in great shape for years to come. With spring just around the corner, it’s a good idea to get your home ready for the warmer weather and rain to come. Since spring can be a stormy season in many areas, a little maintenance can be especially important.
Your home has unique needs, but this list of common spring maintenance tasks can get you off to a good start.
You’ll want to check your foundation after the last freeze of the season. Walk around your home and look for cracks and changes in your foundation. Small cracks become big cracks, so if you notice something, keep a close eye on it. Any significant change warrants the attention of a professional. The sooner you intervene, the more affordable the repair will be.
Fall and winter can be messy when it comes to debris around your home. This includes dead leaves and branches on the ground and unhealthy branches near your home. You’ll want to remove fallen items so that they don’t trap moisture near your foundation. Unhealthy branches should be removed before a spring storm brings them down on your house.
Gutters help to usher water away from your home, where it can do a great amount of damage. To work properly, they must be clean and in good shape. You’ll want to check the downspouts as well to make sure they take all water away from your foundation.
Roofs have it pretty hard in the winter, especially if there has been snow and ice. You’ll want to make sure there is no damage before spring rains come. Look for signs of loose tiles and leaks to keep all those showers on the outside, where they can’t damage your property.
Inspect all outside wood trim, posts, shutters, and any other wood element, such as decks. You’re looking for cracks, weak spots that indicate rot, or unsealed areas. It’s also a good time to look for bug infestations that can become a large problem when warmer weather hits. If you see any problems, then call a professional as soon as possible.
Your home may have additional areas to inspect and maintain, like a fireplace that needs a little post-heating care. Just make sure you’re keeping track of issues you find, and that you call a professional to handle anything you can’t do yourself. This can not only save you money, but it can also help protect your home so you can enjoy it for years to come.