Spring Home Maintenance Tips
Guilderland, NY – Spring is here and home maintenance thoughts start turning from inside to outside. Maybe you’re considering getting your home ready to sell and need to check out its “curb appeal”, or maybe you’re just getting things ready for the upcoming outdoor season – either way, the following checklist should help your plans to spruce things up and also give you a head start on warding off future maintenance problems.
In the wet and well-treed Northeast, you need to keep an eye on potential problems caused by the trees on your property. As you tour, look for limbs that have cracked or are sagging or trees that may have more of a lean than you remember. Check for overhanging limbs that may be shading the roof and causing mildew problems or that may be deposing leaves or pine needles that can clog gutters and create a fire hazard.
A good place to start is with the perimeter of your property. Winter plays havoc with fences, so check them out carefully. Wiggle the posts to see that they’re still firmly set and look for loose fence boards and loose or rotted stringers. Check also to see if the fence is due for a fresh coat of paint or other finish.
Check the foundation for signs of cracks or other leakage problems. Small cracks can be a source for seepage into the crawl space and you especially want to take notice of larger cracks that may indicate movement in the ground under or around the home. If you’ve noticed water in your basement, keep that in mind as you analyze both the foundation and the surrounding drainage patterns.
While walking the property, be sure and think about drainage around your home as well. Winter storms can cause shifts in local topography that may change drainage patterns, allowing water to move or pool around the foundation or come into contact with your siding. Look for areas of water staining on the concrete or dirt or water stain patterns on siding.
Rain and snow take their toll on your decks, so check them over carefully. Check the condition of the boards for rot or splitting. Walk the entire deck to check for protruding nails and also to see if everything feels solid – sometimes a simple walk will point up loose supports or areas that need additional bracing. You’ll also want to pay attention to deck rails, looking for loose boards, missing nails, separated joints and support posts that feel wobbly. Finally, check the condition of the deck’s finish and determine if a fresh coat is due this summer.
Carefully examine the siding to see what winter has wrought. Look at the paint, especially on the main weather-exposure sides of the house. Check the caulking around windows, trim boards and sidingpenetrations such as lights and faucets. Look for cracked or sagging boards or nails that are workingloose.
While you’re looking at the siding, take a moment to check your house numbers. Are they firmlyattached and clearly visible from the street? Do they even exist?
Bad gutters can cause a variety of moisture problems and also detract from the appearance of yourhome. Check that gutters are firmly attached and that downspouts are well secured and draining properly away from the house. Check the paint for deterioration, especially around joints where youmay find indications of leaks in the seams.
Let your eyes keep wandering upward and take a critical look at the condition of your roofing – you may even find that a pair of binoculars comes in handy. Check to see if shingles have blown off or worked loose if they’re starting to curl. For asphalt shingles, look at the overall condition of the mineral granules that coat the shingles. Look at the ridge shingles – especially wood ridge – to see if any are cracked or missing. Check the condition of flashings and skylights as well.
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