The seasonal cleaning fest is right around the corner just as gray winter skies clear to welcome the warm spring sun. Get ahead of the spring home maintenance frenzy by following this simple checklist.
Top to Bottom Home Inspection
No one knows your house better than you do! Complete the first task on this checklist by performing a top to bottom home inspection. Note anything around the house that might show signs of wear and tear. The bathroom, kitchen, and interior rooms are usually the first that come to mind. But don’t forget the attic, crawl spaces, plumbing, and electrical. HVAC systems should be a priority so you can get ahead of the summer HVAC maintenance rush.
Prevent Issues with Pests
You aren’t the only one who wants to enjoy warmer weather. Insects, mice, and more will undoubtedly make a comeback this season. The warmer temperatures will draw them out of their winter hiding places, so it’s crucial to be on the lookout. Keep your house from becoming the go-to vacation spot for these little critters by taking preventative measures.
Clean Out the Gutters
The winter months of rain and high winds have likely clogged up your gutters with sticks, leaves, and other debris. Make sure to take some time to clear out your gutters to prevent water and other gunk from building up. Trust us, your house will thank you later. Clogged gutters can cause roof damage, impact your house’s foundation, and be a hub for bacteria and insects. If you want to take a hands-on approach, check out this DIY gutter cleaning project.
Check For Wood Rot
Winter weather in the Pacific Northwest can be a menace for our homes, especially with the rain. Make sure to check your windows and doors for any signs of wood rot. We recommend trying the “Knock Test”. Tap along your window or door frame to see if more than one-third of any piece is “hollow” sounding. If it is, it would be a good time to call a professional.
Breathe new life into your yard, porch, or deck by gardening! March is a great time to plant summer bulbs like dahlias and gladiolus. For planting vegetables, herbs, and more, check this classic gardening guide. Don’t worry if you don’t have much of a green thumb. Visit Valley Nursery in Poulsbo; the friendly staff will take good care of you.
Spring Home Maintenance Bonus
A beautiful garden and a refreshed home is the perfect setting for a barbecue when the weather warms up. Remember to perform a maintenance check on your grill to make sure you are ready!