After a long, dark winter, spring’s bright sun and warm winds are, well, a breath of fresh air. The only downside? All that sunshine spotlights your leaf-filled gutters, cracked sidewalks, and the dead plants in last year’s flower beds.
Our hope is that this checklist will help you target the areas that need maintenance so you can get your chores done quickly, leaving you time to go outside and play in the sunshine. I also hope these tips will help you keep the value in your biggest investment.
If you or someone you know is thinking of selling and would like to a list of things to do prior to selling their home, send us a quick note or email. We would be happy to forward you some selling tips along with staging ideas that will help your home get the best price in the quickest time frame
- Check for loose or leaky gutters.
Leaky gutters lead to rot in barge and fascia boards, possibly water in crawl space or basement, and erosion around the house. Install flashing on barge and fascia tails to prevent rot.
- Caulking around the house.
During fall, winter, spring and summer months siding and trim will expand and contract due to temperature and moisture. Over time this will make the existing caulking fail. Failed caulking can lead to water damage and rot. So take a look around your home and re caulk any affected areas.
- Get the moss off your roof.
Use either a moss control product or install a zinc galvanized strip at the peaks of the roof. If moss is left unattended it will decrease the life expectancy of the roof as well as increase likelihood of a leaky roof.
- Trim back bushes and trees from house.
Vegetation left against the house can cause shaded areas against the house which causes mildew to form. It will also allow insects and pests access to your home.
- Inspect your concrete driveways and patios.
If there is cracking or settling, install a concrete crack filler. If left unattended the cracks could separate more and cause possible water damage to the property, as well as undermine the driveway or patio. First power wash the affected areas then apply concrete filler.
- Replace all batteries in smoke detectors and CO2 detectors.
This is the perfect time to change and test these out. Keep your family safe!
- Check decks and front porches for proper staining and treated wood.
The changing of the seasons creates havoc on exposed wood. Make sure all wood is treated or stained (even cedar). For best results use a stain with some pigmentation. It will last longer even in the toughest elements.
- Change filters in the furnace.
Left unattended these will clog up and make your furnace work harder than needed to heat and cool your home, which will shorten the life of the furnace. Spring is the perfect time to change those, since more dust and pollen is in the air.
- Inspect your wood exterior doors.
Many exterior wood doors loose their luster and finish. Find out what type and brand of finish is on the doors, and clean the doors then reapply. It will add life and make the doors look new. Best of all it will be an eye catcher when you go to sell.
- Make sure all your foundation and attic vents are free from obstruction.
Many owners install vent covers during the cold months and forget to take them out during spring, summer and fall. It is important to keep good air flow through out the crawl space. This helps eliminate moisture build up and mold in both crawl spaces.
These tips will not only help you maintain the beauty and quality of your home for many years they will also help keep the value of your home up when you go to sell. Many homes are devalued due to deferred maintenance. In some cases thousands of dollars are lost by sellers, when minor maintenance is neglected. Spend some time and effort in your major investment today, to make thousands on your investment tomorrow!