Spring is just around the corner, and many homes need a tune-up after the long fall and winter months. To help you cover all the bases, The Cesi Pagano Team has come up with a spring maintenance checklist for homeowners that will get you well on your way to sprucing up your home for spring!
Check air filters and ducts
If your air filters and ducts are filled with dust and dirt, it could prevent rooms from getting warm or cool when turned on. Check and clean your air filters and ducts, and replace those that need it. This is also a must for those of you that suffer from allergies!
Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
All smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be checked at least once a year. If they aren’t working properly, you’ll either need to change the batteries or have the alarms replaced. Older homes usually don’t have carbon monoxide alarms, so be sure to pick one up from your local hardware store.
Clean out gutters and downspouts
Make sure your gutters and downspouts are directing water away from the house. Clean out any debris that may block the flow/drainage of water. Pooling and improperly draining water can cause major issues to your roof and the rest of your house. If you are too nervous about cleaning your gutters yourself, hire a professional; most cost between $150 to $200.
Inspect your roof
Inspect your roof for any shingles that curl (turn up) or claw (turn down). These types of shingles can make your roof weak and susceptible to leaks. If you plan on repairing the shingles yourself, be sure you know what you are doing, and make sure you have a spotter just in case something goes wrong. If you plan on hiring a professional, shop around and call a minimum of three roofers before committing to one.
Replace any rotted siding or trim
Nothing says neglect more than rotting wood. Inspect the siding or trim around you house. If it’s rotten, replace it. If it looks a little dingy, brighten it up with a fresh coat of paint.
Check your chimney
Have a professional chimney sweep clean and inspect your active or decorative chimney. That way you’ll be sure there are no obstructions, cracks, or leaks.
Don’t forget your sump pump
Make sure your sump pump is operating correctly. It’s also important to have a battery backup pump. This pump will kick on if your electricity every goes out. If you don’t have a backup pump, we suggest you invest in one. A few hundred dollars could save you thousands in the long run.