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7 Spring Maintenance Tasks to Tackle this Weekend

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beautiful house after spring maintenance tasks completedSpring maintenance may be one of the most non-glamorous parts of home ownership.  Let’s be honest: very few homeowners (if any) sign on the bottom line so they can clean their gutters.  While it may not be the most exciting part of being a home owner, spring maintenance can actually prevent costly repairs later and maintain the value of your home (who wouldn’t get excited about that?). That’s why it makes cents (pun intended) to tackle these spring maintenance tasks now that the weather is warming up (even a little!).

Clear out gutters and downspouts.

It’s time to get out the ladder.  Spring is the ideal time to clean out the leaves, twigs, pine needles and other debris that fill your gutters and downspouts. If you don’t have the time, hire a handyman to check this spring maintenance task off the list.

Inspect your roof.

Between the wind, snow, and sleet, your roof has had to withstand a hard winter.  Now that all the wintry weather is gone (mostly), it’s time to look for shingles that are warped, buckling, loose or damaged. If you’re nervous about heights, hire a roofing specialist to evaluate your roof, repair damaged shingles, or replace the entire roof if needed.

Have your fireplace and chimney checked.

It’s spring!  Time to move those cozy fires to the deck or patio.  Since you’re giving your fireplace and chimney a break, contact the professionals to make sure your fireplace and chimney are clean and safe.  A professional can also make any repairs so you’re ready next fall.

Stop the leaks.

If you don’t want all your AC’s cool air to fly out the windows, inspect your windows and exterior doors for leaks.  If the gap around one of your windows and doors is bigger than a nickel, fill the gaps with calk or hire a handyman to perform this spring home maintenance task.

Check your AC.

Before it’s time to flick the AC switch on, clean your AC and furnace, inspect the lines, check your refrigerant levels. If you don’t have the expertise, contact the pros to clean and maintain your AC and furnace so your units are ready for use when you need it.

Test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

If you haven’t already, check your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to make sure they work when and if you need them.  Practice your fire escape plan with your family so you are all prepared in case of emergency.

Prep your lawn mower.

All our spring rains are going to green up our lawn. Before you have to start it up, now is the time to sharpen the blades, clean out last year’s lawn clippings, and pick up some fresh gas for your next mow.

Of course, if your home is on the market, you have to do all these spring maintenance tasks and more (a complete list of curb appeal to-do’s is listed here) to prep your home for the market.  Add contacting a real estate agent to the list so you can find out how much your home is worth, and your home can be sold before our spring turns into a hot Wisconsin summer.