With spring’s bright sun and warm winds, it’s a breath of fresh air after a long cold winter. There is a downside though. With all that sunshine, it’s pointing out your cracked sidewalks, leaf-ridden gutters and all of last year’s dead plants in the flower beds.

To make the most out of keeping your home efficient and in good order you should make up a checklist.

This will help you to target the different places around your home that are going to need your attention, so you can knock out your chores and start enjoying the sunshine.

Check the Gutters

If your gutters are cracked and leaky this can cause you big problems with improper drainage and lead to flooding in your basement. You’ll also want to make sure your downspouts are draining away from the foundation of your house and are clear of any kind of debris.

If you have any low areas in your yard near your foundation they need to be filled with compacted soil. When the spring rains come they are notorious for flooding, which can mean water damage from flooding. Not to mention when the standing water starts to pool it creates a breeding ground for insects.

You can probe the wooden trim with a screwdriver around your doors, railings, decks and windows. The time to do repairs is now before the springtime rains can cause damage to the exposed wood.

While you’re standing on the ground, take a look at your roof shingles and see if any of them were damaged or lost during the winter. If you got an older roof and you notice some missing or damaged shingles it may be time to start budgeting for a re-roof.

The hot summer sun is tough on shingles.  You may want to hire a roofer to inspect the flashing around the vents, chimneys, and skylights.

Inspect the outside of the chimney for signs of any visible damage. This is a good time to hire a chimney sweeper to inspect and clean the flue.

Examine your concrete slabs for any signs of movement and cracks. All of your exterior slabs should be draining away from the foundation of your home. If you find any cracks you can fill them with a silicone caulk or concrete crack filler. If it’s a nice day, then try to power wash and seal up the concrete.

If you have any firewood stored near your home you’ll want to remove it. All firewood needs to be at least a foot and a half off the ground as well as two feet from the structure.

Check out the hose faucets for any damage from the winter freeze. You can check it out by turning on the water and putting your thumb over the hole, and if you’re able to stop the water then you probably have some sort of pipe damage inside your house and it will need to be replaced. You can also check the hose for dry rot while you’re at it.

Updated: March 20, 2012 — 8:20 pm
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