These 5 essential spring home maintenance tips should keep you nice and busy as we patiently endure chilly April showers for the promise of May flowers . Once the warm weather rolls around you’ll be glad you already checked these off your list.
1) Check/change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Truth is….you should do this monthly, but most people don’t. Spring is the perfect time! And if you’re equipment isn’t working even after battery replacements, don’t ignore it – purchase new detectors – ASAP.
2) Check your roof and clean your gutters.
Neglected roof damage is a primary cause of a lot of water leaks and clogged gutters cause all sorts of problems. This is sometimes a job best left to professionals.
3) Clean your dryer vent and check the washing machine fill hose.
Not all the lint from your clothes gets caught in the lint trap – some makes its way to the dryer vent where it can build it up and create a hazardous situation. Take the time to clean it out well.
Additionally, your washing machine hose can develop small cracks that can turn into leaks and cause a lot of damage in short order. If you notice any cracks or hose deterioration, check to see what’s covered under your manufacturer warranty and get on top of the problem before it’s too late.
4) Clean and repair your windows and screens.
There’s nothing quite like the first few days of warm spring weather, when you’re finally able to open the windows up wide and let the fresh air flow through the house. But this is often when homeowners notice cracks and malfunctioning parts in their windows and screens. If you’ve got an issue, fix it now before summer arrives and you end up paying higher electricity bills because of air conditioner inefficiency. And if even nothing needs repair, it’s still the perfect time to break out the glass cleaner and get those windows looking like they’re supposed to!
5) Dust & Vacuum!
Ok, we save the easiest for last, but how could we leave it out?! Over the winter it’s easy to accidentally let dust and dirt accumulate all over the nooks and crannies of your house. Take the time to thoroughly dust and vacuum those hard to reach spots.
The best part about Spring in New England is finally being able to spend a lot of time outside again. Take care of these 5 essential spring home maintenance tips now so you can enjoy the warm weather when it returns!
And as always – if you have any questions or concerns about your homeowners insurance or any other insurance coverage, contact us today and we’d be happy to help!