Spring Home Checklist

Spring is here! What do you need to do to make sure your home is ready? Here’s a quick list of things to consider:

  • Clean Gutters. Spring is always rainy. If your gutters and downspouts are clogged, water will back up and cause roof damage or problems with your walls and ceilings inside the house.
  • Tune Up Your Sump Pump. Consult a waterproofing expert if you don’t already have a system to keep the basement dry during the rainy season. If you have a sump pump, make sure there is battery back-up so it doesn’t stop working during a power outage.
  • Wash Windows. Yes, you’ll want to wait until the worst of the rainy season is over, but get estimates and book your window washers now. They’ll be getting busy very quickly.
  • Powerwash Deck. Often, the same company that washes your windows can expertly powerwash your deck too. You might as well be ready for outdoor entertaining now that the weather has turned nice.
  • Prepare Your Lawn. If you did your fall lawn maintenance properly (see here), your grass should be coming up green and gorgeous in no time. Check for soil compaction (will a gardening fork sink two inches with little effort?) and aerate and dethatch if necessary. Wait for the rain to stop and the lawn to dry out then rake gently to remove any leaves or debris leftover from fall and winter. Put down some pre-emergent weed control and plan for a second application in the summer, about three months later. Get your mower tuned up so it’s ready for its heavy working season.
  • Begin Planning for Remodels. If you want to wow your holiday guests with a new kitchen or bath, now’s the time to plan. It could take a good deal of time to find the right contractor, get a design, and choose your products. After that, you’ll need to wait for products to come in (cabinets take at least six weeks) and permits to be pulled (you’re at the mercy of your county or city on the permitting timeline). The installation alone could take four weeks or more, depending on the size of your job.

Wise homeowners plan for the changes every season brings. Now, go forth and spring into action!

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