After the harsh Canadian winter, your home will be in need of some love this spring. Checking in on how your roof, windows and exterior fared over the long winter is very important to ensuring to catch issues before they get much bigger and more costly. Regular spring maintenance is critical to increasing the longevity of the various components of your home and protecting your investment.

Here is a list to get you started with spring home maintenance this year

● Dust/vacuum heat & air return vents
● check gutters and downspouts
● reseal exterior woodwork such as decks, railings and wooden structures
● look for signs of termites and other pests
● inspect your roof for signs of wear or damage
● touch up or completely redo exterior paint
● inspect driveways, pathways and hardscaping materials for cracks and other damage
● test sprinklers and irrigation systems
● get rid of standing water and sources of it to prevent mosquitoes
● check windows, doors and screens for signs of wear or damage
● have heating and cooling systems serviced
● Dust and disinfect lesser used areas of your home
● Inspect roofing for missing, loose, or damaged shingles and leaks
● Check your chimney for damage or obstructions
● Change the air-conditioner filter
● Clean window and door screens
● Polish wood furniture, and dust light fixtures
● Refinish the deck
● Power-wash windows and siding
● Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts
● Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
● Have a professional inspect and pump the septic tank
● Inspect sink, shower, and bath caulking for deterioration
● Vacuum lint from dryer vent
● Inspect chimney for damage
● Repair or replace caulking and weather stripping around windows, doors, and mechanicals
● Remove insulation from outdoor faucets and check sprinkler heads
● Have air-conditioning system serviced
● Drain or flush water heater
● Fertilize your lawn
● Check on your sump pump

There are also several tasks that we highly recommend completing over the summer

● Oil garage-door opener and chain, garage door, and all door hinges
● Remove lint from inside and outside washer hoses and dryer vents
● Clean kitchen exhaust fan filter
● Clean refrigerator and freezer coils and empty and clean drip trays
● Check dishwasher for leaks
● Check around kitchen and bathroom cabinets and around toilets for leaks
● Replace interior and exterior faucet and showerhead washers if needed
● Seal tile grout
● Prune trees and shrubs

If you feel any of the areas of your home could use professional attention, please reach out.

Areas that commonly show early signs of damage are roofs, windows and exterior coverings such as stucco and siding. Heritage Interiors and Exteriors would be happy to provide a free inspection and estimate to save you time and money. Getting repairs or replacements done earlier is always a good option!