There’s no doubt each of us is welcoming spring with open arms. The warm air and sunshine mean it’s time to get to those projects delayed by the persistence of Kansas winter. Here’s a list of some of the areas you’ll want to consider putting on your home maintenance list to preserve your peace of mind and sustain your home’s value.
Don’t underestimate the power of a visual inspection to catch small problems before they become big ones. Take a walk around your house and look specifically at these elements:
Roof: Are there any shingles missing? Any areas that are cracked, buckled or loose? Make note of the age of your roof and determine if repair or replacement are needed.
Trim: Are there any signs of rot that could be made worse by spring rains? Replace or refinish any areas that indicate deterioration.
Gutters: Any places where gutters are not securely attached or not draining properly? Clean out and reaffix them to make sure they stay put and work properly during downpours.
Chimney: Look for cracks, water damage, and missing exterior components like brick or siding. Keep in mind many chimney problems have to be addressed professionally to keep the fireplace safe and useable.
Yard: Any areas that don’t drain well or need to be filled? Standing water is breeding territory for mosquitos and eroded patches can lead to flooding and foundation problems. Redirect water and fill with dirt as needed.
Concrete: Do slabs such as the driveway, sidewalks, and patios drain away from the house? Are they free of cracks and crumbled patches? Power washing and sealing will protect from damage and lengthen the life of the concrete.
Paint: Are any painted elements showing signs of blistering, chipping, or developing a cracked pattern? Is the color still vibrant? Are there water stains? We recommend painting your house every 7 to 10 years depending on the level of sun exposure and other factors.
Dryer vent: Is the exhaust port completely free of obstructions? Lint and dust builds up quickly and can be a significant safety hazard. The slats should open easily and be free of cracks and missing parts.
Lights: Are all exterior lights working correctly without flickering? Is there any exposed wiring? Replace bulbs and clean glass for optimal illumination.
Deck: Is it well supported and stable? Are any elements starting to show signs of rot? Pressure wash and apply sealant when weather conditions are arid and warm enough to dry the coating.
Garage Door: Does it move smoothly without jerking or grinding? Are the rollers worn, chipped, or cracked? Does the system seem symmetrical? Tighten hardware and lubricate joints as necessary and consider calling a professional for bigger problems.
If your inspection leaves you feeling a little out of your depth, feel free to give us a call. We have an experienced handyman with carpentry, electrical, general repair skills, and much more. Your home will be in top shape and you’ll rest easy knowing your spring maintenance is handled.