Warmer weather is around the corner, and chances are your home could probably use some prep. More than just cleaning the house, there are both indoor and outdoor tasks you need to complete to ensure your home is in good shape for the rest of the year. We’ve got your basic spring maintenance checklist for your Hamptons home right here!
Foundation: Examine your foundation walls, concrete floors and masonry work for cracking, heaving or deterioration. If bricks are losing their mortar or there are significant cracks in the concrete, contact a professional to assess your foundation’s status and prevent further deterioration.
Hot Water Heater: An annual inspection of your hot water heater is advisable. Gas hot water heaters can emit carbon monoxide, a lethal and odorless gas.
Heat Pump: If your house is equipped with this type of system you should clean your heat pump’s filters on a monthly basis in order to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures year-round. Every three to four months check for blockage at the base of the pump as this may affect the flow of air. The fan motor should be lubricated every 3-4 years by a professional.
Air Conditioner: You should have an annual check up by a certified HVAC contractor to make sure your A/C is running properly before the weather gets warm.
Siding: Cleaning the siding of your home with bleach and water or a pressure washer to keep mold from growing is also very important and necessary At the same time, carefully inspect all wood surfaces for rotting wood, weathering and paint failure.
Caulking: Inspect the caulking on the exterior of your home around doors and windows. If you notice it is cracking of peeling, you’ll need to reapply the caulk.
Windows & Doors: Window and door screens should be checked for holes before the warm weather comes so that they can keep bugs out. Window frames should be tightened and repainted as needed. You should also check the window sills for cracks. Door structures should be checked as well.
Roof: Check Inspect your roof for leaves and debris that may have piled up over the winter. To prevent deterioration, leaves and debris should be removed.
Gutters: Keeping gutters clean is an important part of home maintenance and should be done biannually or at least annually is an essential part of home maintenance. Failure to properly maintain downspouts and gutters can cause serious damage to your roof and house.
Deck/Porch: Survey your porch, patio or deck as well as railings and stairs for loose parts and deterioration. Materials that are exposed to weather factors year-round typically need some amount of attention every 4-6 years.
Rooms: Remodeling season starts in the Spring. You can stay ahead of the game by giving high-traffic areas a facelift, Even a simple coat of paint in rooms such as your kitchen or bathrooms or even the entire house could make a tremendous difference.
Septic system: The septic is the system of pipes that carry waste water from your home to an underground tank. This system should be checked annually to prevent backups and clogs which, in turn, would help avoid costly plumbing mishaps.
Landscape: Bushes and shrubs near the house should be trimmed so they are not rubbing against the siding. Fallen branches and debris should be removed.
Sprinklers: Annually, if you have a watering system for the lawn, you should have it inspected by a professional to make sure that it’s working properly and there are no broken heads or pipes. If you don’t have a sprinkler system, you may want to consult with a professional about having one installed.
Always make certain that there are an adequate number of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the house and change their batteries annually.