8 Spring Home Maintenance Musts

Our final spring snowstorm is (hopefully!) in the rearview mirror, and we’re starting to fantasize about green grass, grilling outside, and evenings spent on the porch. However, before we can focus on enjoying backyard life, there are home maintenance musts that need our attention.

The spring is a crucial time for taking stock of your home’s exterior, landscaping, and major systems. Want a little guidance¬†on what to check and where to get started? Read through our list of 8 essential spring home upkeep tasks below!

1. Check Paths and Driveway
Freezing winter temps wreak havoc on concrete and asphalt. Once the snow finishes melting, walk around and inspect your driveway, sidewalk, and paths for any major cracks or damage that could cause potential injuries.

2. Wash Windows
Spring’s thaw is an ideal time to finally wash away the winter grime on your windows. Inspect your screens for any holes while you’re already cleaning – that way you’ll be ready to enjoy the sunshine and fresh breeze when they arrive.

3. Clean Gutters
Your gutters protect your home and roof from the elements and potential rot or critters. Keep them running and clear by removing any leftover leaves from the fall and repairing any damage winter may have caused.

4. Inspect Any Irrigation
If you have an in-ground sprinkler or irrigation system, it’s important to inspect it in early spring. Look for any broken sprinkler heads, readjust any head spraying in the wrong direction, and run the entire system once to make sure you’re good to go.

5. Touch-Up Paint
Did the harsh winter weather take away some of your home’s curb appeal? There’s no time like the present to touch up any problem spots and hire professional painters. You’ll be glad you booked with your painter early before the summer rush hits!

6. Reseal Fence or Deck
Outdoor wood goes through a lot in Minnesota. Between the brutal cold and intense humidity, it’s continually swelling and shrinking. Exterior wood needs to be resealed every year or two. If yours is looking tired, then it’s probably due for a fresh stain.

7. Roof Check-Up
It’s always a good idea to make sure your roof is in good working order. It’s your home’s biggest defense from the rain and snow, after all! Without compromising your safety, walk around your house, take photos,¬†and check for any issues. Then call in a professional for any repairs.

8. Clean Wood-Buring Fireplace
If you spent the winter cozying up in front a wood fire, then it’s probably in need of a refresh come spring. Wear gloves and lay a tarp to clean out the fireplace surround. However, we recommend leaving chimney sweeping to the pros.

Hoping to make some big home changes this spring or summer? Get in touch with us today – we’d be happy to guide you through the remodeling process!