by Christy Heitger-Ewing

Indoor/Outdoor Home Maintenance Checklist

We love spring because it symbolizes warmer temperatures, longer days, and brighter spirits. We get to swap out our sweaters and boots for tank tops and flip-flops and store away our piles of wool blankets and space heaters to make room for pool gear and box fans. The welcoming of spring, however, also means tackling some indoor and outdoor maintenance projects. While the list may seem daunting, it’s important to remember that regular home maintenance increases your home’s value and ultimately makes life easier for you by staving off potential issues down the line by staying on top of maintenance.

1. Examine your home’s exterior structure for damage. Look for loose or missing roof shingles, brick or stucco issues, cracks in the foundation, sidewalk, & driveway, cracks in outdoor faucets, and rotted or crumbling siding. If you find cracked or buckled roof shingles, hire a qualified roofer to make repairs. If there are cracks in the concrete, fill them with concrete crack filler or silicone caulk, then seal.

2. Freshen up your yard by picking up sticks, leaves, and other debris. Trim trees & shrubs, fertilize your plants, and reseed any bare spots in your lawn.

3. Check for loose or leaky gutters and remove any debris in the gutters. Gutter guards that fit inside or over your gutters help block leaves, twigs, and pine needles from entering the gutters. This is key to ensuring that water doesn’t make its way into your basement, which leads to mold growth.

4. Evict pests like bats, birds, and squirrels that may have surreptitiously made your home their haven. Check for wasps who tend to make nests along the roofline, inside basketball goals, and patio furniture (those creases of a folded-up umbrella are mighty appealing to these guys; I speak from experience). To avoid inviting termites, store firewood at least 18 inches off the ground and two feet away from a structure.

5. Clean window wells of debris and trash. Sometimes wildlife gets into them and leaves a calling card of chewed up window screens. Fix holes using a screen repair kit, then consider investing in window well covers.

6. Check the landscaping along your foundation’s perimeter to prevent water damage and rot. You want water to flow away from the foundation and avoid having mulch or soil touch the foundation, which holds moisture. Some homeowners place gravel around the perimeter of their home.

7. Check for low areas in the yard that can fill with water and become an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes; fill with compacted soil.

8 Remove mildew from siding, decks, and patio by power washing.

9 Repair and reseal wood decks, pergolas, and fences.

10 Test your sprinkler systems, checking for broken or damaged heads and adjusting heads that are hitting windows or watering the sidewalk.

11 Inspect your trees for dead branches and lack of leaves, which may signal an illness.

12. Repaint your home if the exterior starts to peel, chip, flake, or fade. Doing this prior to summer protects paint from heavy rains and hot temperatures.

13. Check the attic for proper ventilation, keeping an eye out for wet spots on insulation, obstruction over vents, and damaged soffit panels.

14. Re-caulk any windows and doors that need it and check weather stripping on windows.

15. Have the HVAC units serviced and change interior filters regularly.

16. Hire a professional to clean ducts and vents, removing dirt & dust from your system. Also have your dryer vent cleaned to prevent fire hazards caused by lint and to improve the efficiency of your dryer.

17. Install a battery backup sump pump. It’s well worth the investment for peace of mind.


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