Despite last winter’s warm start, the unexpected snowstorm and intermittent cold spells may have inflicted some unseen damage on your property. Addressing these potential issues now can save you from costly repairs and bigger problems down the line.
Moreover, periodic preventive maintenance tasks both inside and outside the property will contribute to its long-term value. Whether it's your personal residence or a rental property, here are six key maintenance tasks you should undertake this spring to keep your property in tip-top shape.
Freeze-thaw cycles throughout the winter, much like the ones that plague our local roads with potholes, can cause cracks or depressions in driveways and patios. Take a detailed survey of the property. You might be able to handle minor repairs yourself, but significant issues should be left to professionals.
From a safe position on the ground, visually inspect your roof for signs of damage, such as missing, cracked, or buckling shingles. April showers may bring May flowers, but they can also lead to unwelcome water damage if your roof is compromised. Consult a professional for any suspected roof damage.
Ensure rainwater can flow freely through your gutters and downspouts, preventing unwanted pooling around your property. Clear out any accumulated leaves, seeds, or winter debris from your gutters. If you haven't already, consider installing gutter extenders to help redirect water further away from your foundation.
Don't wait for sweltering summer temperatures to find out if your air conditioning system is up to the task. Energy Star recommends a professional seasonal check-up, which should include inspecting the condensate drain, cleaning the coils, and checking the refrigerant levels. Ensure that you or your tenants replace the filter monthly.
If the dryer vent hasn't been inspected and cleaned in the past year, schedule a professional cleaning to remove any lint buildup. This is not just a maintenance tip, but a safety precaution, as accumulated lint is a leading cause of household fires.
If the smoke detector batteries weren't replaced when the clocks were changed, ensure to do so or send a reminder to your tenants.
As the weather warms up, pests begin to become more active. Schedule a pest inspection to catch any potential infestations early. This applies not only to insects but also to rodents who might have taken shelter in your property during the cold months.
If your property has a sprinkler system, it's time to check it for any winter damage. Ensure that the sprinkler heads are working correctly and that there are no leaks in the system. This can help save water and maintain a healthy lawn or garden throughout the spring and summer.
Winter can be hard on the seals around windows and doors. Check for any drafts that could indicate a broken seal. Repairing these now can help keep your property cool in the summer and reduce energy costs.
A thorough spring cleaning is not just for your personal residence—it’s equally important for rental properties. Deep cleaning ensures that the property remains attractive and hygienic for current or potential future tenants. This includes professional carpet cleaning, window washing, and a thorough cleaning of all appliances.
Lastly, pay attention to the property’s landscaping. Trim back any overgrown shrubs or tree branches that could pose a risk to the building or people. Remove any dead plants and replace them with new ones to keep the property looking its best.
By tackling these spring maintenance tasks, you are not only ensuring that your property is ready for the warmer months but also investing in the longevity and value of the property. Preventive maintenance is key to avoiding costly repairs and keeping your property looking its best.
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