Prepare Your Home for Spring with this Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Whether you dread the changing seasons or embrace them, winter is here and spring is just around the corner. Seasons change but risks are here to stay, and when you’re taking on projects around the house, there’s always a chance that you could wind up making a mistake and ending up in worse shape than you started.

Here are a few tips to take advantage to help tackle preparing your home for spring. 

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Safety should always be number one and fire precautions should be taken on the regular. Make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working in your home. Have smoke alarms in every room, including hallways. Home maintenance should include checking alarm batteries once a month.

Entryways

All that snow, ice and mud can wreak havoc on your entryway floors. Place mats both inside and outside the door, along with boot trays inside the entryway.  Prepare your mudroom with a place to dry any wet clothes.

Make sure the steps leading to your home are free from tripping hazards and repair concrete as needed. Move your snow shovels to an area near the door for easy reach.

Check for air leaks around windows and doors, including cracks in caulking or weatherstripping; and replace caulk and weatherstripping if necessary.

Roof/Chimney  

Inspect the roof for any loose or missing shingles that may result in leaks from melting snow and check for any broken seals around vents and the chimney. If you use your fireplace, have it cleaned by a chimney sweep. You should also check for any debris and cracks in the chimney. Note that creosote buildup and debris such as leaves and bird nests could become a fire hazard.

If you have a flat roof, be sure to remove leaves that can hold moisture, as this can rot through your roof over time.

Insulation and Air Conditioner

Adequate insulation will help keep your home warm in the winter and cool as temperatures rise. And if your insulation is insufficient, your heating system will have to work overtime. By adding some insulation to your attic, walls and crawlspace, you can save money.

Air conditioning units are designed for outdoor elements, but it can still be damaged by falling icicles and other debris. Place a sheet of plywood held down by a few bricks on top and your AC should be ready to work again in the spring.

Outdoor Maintenance  

Trim any dead tree limbs so they don’t fall and damage your home. If you need to remove large limbs or a whole tree, it may be best to hire a professional.

Clear gutters of debris so melted snow will drain properly. Direct downspouts away from your home’s foundation to help prevent leaks and flooding. Secure your New Mexico Homeowners Insurance plan so you are prepared for anything.

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