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Spring Home Maintenance: A Simple 4-point Checklist to Help Protect your Home Exterior

By Aviva Canada • Published April 20, 2023 • 3 Min Read

Spring cleaning is always a good idea. With warmer weather and fresh air, spring is the perfect opportunity to clean your home, address any home maintenance issues, and check off your home inspection checklist.

Remember to include the exterior of your home in that spring cleaning as well. Spring home cleaning is a tradition that serves a very useful purpose to tidy up your home and property of the build-up that has occurred during the cold weather.

The winter season brings a lot more headaches than cold weather and snow. Cold weather can damage the exterior of your house, cause water damage, and other home maintenance problems. Many of the effects of winter are noticed in the spring, and it’s important to take care of those home maintenance problems before they lead to serious exterior home and property damage.

Home maintenance checklist to prepare your house exterior for summer weather

When you start your spring cleaning, it is helpful to have a spring home maintenance checklist to help you know where to start and what home maintenance issues to look for.

Spring home maintenance tips

Here are four simple spring cleaning and home maintenance tips to help make exterior spring cleaning a breeze this year:

  • Inspect your house and property: Frozen ground can cause shifts in your landscaping and patios, which, if left unattended, can result in costly home repairs and injuries. Be sure to inspect your exterior walkways and driveways for cracks.

  • Remove debris from your gutters: Ensure that leaves and dirt are removed from your home gutters to prevent water blockage.

  • Repair damage to your roof:  Replace missing or damaged shingles to prevent water from leaking through the roofs. Roof renovation may be necessary if there is extensive water damage.

  • Examine fences around your property: Ensure fences are still sturdy and lock properly to prevent injury and to help keep intruders from entering your yard, especially if you have a pool or water features.

Completing your spring home maintenance and exterior inspection

Make sure you follow proper safety standards and precautions in your community for any home maintenance work that is required. Where available and permitted, consider hiring an experienced local contractor to help with your spring home maintenance such as gutter cleaning and roof repairs.

By following these helpful tips and spring home maintenance checklist, you can identify potential risks to your home in advance and take action to help prevent more serious weather, water, and other damage to your home exterior.

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