Springtime Home Maintenance
March 15, 2022
By Rich Palaia, Thoughts from Customer Service
Spouse: “It’s supposed to be nice this weekend. What are you doing?”
You: “If it’s nice, I am going to sleep in and spend all day playing golf!” (Or in my case, I’ll be attending a car show)
Spouse: “Okay, that is fine. Have a good time!” (Said No Spouse… EVER)
The correct answer that I should have responded with was … getting a head start on our Springtime home maintenance!
The weather is warming up. Can you believe that Spring is finally here? Before you begin enjoying the fresh air and sweet sunshine again, there are a few things you must do first, in order to maximize spending every second you have of it as you’d like. I’m sure you can guess what needs to be done as a homeowner… It’s your regular springtime home maintenance! The question is, “Where do I begin?”
What to Do First for Springtime Home Maintenance
Home maintenance is not actually that hard and can be done in conjunction with your everyday routine. On that first, nice Saturday morning, grab your cup of coffee and take a walk around your house. What do you see? What needs to be fixed, cleaned, or altered? Write it down and prioritize. This is how simple the start of your Springtime Maintenance checklist!
Scout What You’re Looking For
Here is a great example of how important this walkabout can be. I recently started following my own advice and took a Saturday morning walk around my house. I noticed that the paint around my back door was peeling and the wood was rotting. If I had only been following my own advice months prior, my maintenance would not have turned into a 1/2-day project. Rather, it would have been a much simpler task to complete. (My wife would also not be questioning me how I do this for a living when our house is falling apart). So now, instead of going to a car show, I must fix my back door.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Common Spring Home Maintenance Tips
When you perform your home walkabout, there are various things that you should be looking for and completely on your spring home maintenance checklist. To get an idea, here are a few:
- Check for proper drainage of your gutters and downspouts.
- Check all wood surfaces for weathering and mold.
- Scrape any loose paint off and sand before repainting.
- Check for holes and clean windows and screens.
- Ensure sprinklers are working properly.
- Any decks or porches with loose parts or deterioration will need to be fixed.
12-Month Home Maintenance Schedule
I have come up with a basic 12-month home maintenance schedule that can help you stay organized year-round and be prepared before the season begins. Of course, these are just suggestions and should be used as a good starting point for an ongoing Home Maintenance Program.
Start your personal checklist, and reach out if you need help getting started!
Have a great Spring!