No matter in which part of the United States you live, AHS has home maintenance tips you can use because every climate has unique needs.
Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time for spring cleaning! Spring cleaning is about more than just organizing closets and deep-cleaning carpets, it’s also about taking care of home maintenance.
If that sounds a little overwhelming, don’t worry. We've got some spring home maintenance tips (organized by region) to help you keep your home in shape this season.
Northwest United States
The Northwestern United States has a climate known for its rainy weather. The area is also populated by forests and mountain ranges. According to the EPA, the climate on either side of these mountain ranges can be drier, colder, or hotter than the other side depending on the season. This region has 17 national forests, so keeping the exterior of your home maintained is important for every season.
Clean the gutters.
Pine needles, leaves and miscellaneous debris work their way into your gutter all winter long, and it needs to be removed by spring. Use a ladder to get up to your gutters, and then remove debris with gloves and a trash bag. This might also be a good opportunity to install gutter screens. Your local home improvement store can provide you with recommendations and instructions.
Trim your trees.
Early spring is a great time to give your trees a trim. This will allow grass to receive vital sunlight so it can begin to grow again. You can hire a professional to do this job, but you can also trim your trees yourself.
Southwest United States
The Southwest region of the United States is characterized by its hot and dry climate. There is a range in elevation throughout the region due to the mountain ranges and valleys in the north and the west. The climate in the southern part of the region is shaped by deserts. The aridity in this area can take a toll on your home exterior and entrances if your home is not maintained and protected.
Check windows and doors.
Strong winds and harsh winter weather can leave windows cracked or unsealed. Doing a quick walk-through each spring to check each window and door is especially important for older homes. Look for cracks in windows and check for proper sealing, then fix as needed.
Repair paint and siding.
Take advantage of the warmer weather to do a careful inspection of the outside of your home. Colder winter conditions can often leave paint chipped, while wet weather can cause damage to siding, leading to rot and mold.
Northeast United States
The Northeast region experiences the four seasons throughout the year, but its most notable climate is a cold winter with snow and ice. During the winter, the snow and ice can cause damage to the exterior of your home. Make sure you're keeping your home maintained before and after the winter to keep it protected.
After a season of use, your chimney probably needs a good sweeping come spring. Spring tends to be a slower season for professional chimney sweepers, so it’s easier to get an appointment. Plus, your chimney will be ready to go when cold weather comes back around.
Give your roof an inspection.
Strong nor’easter winds coupled with ice and snow can cause damage to shingles during the winter season. You can use binoculars to check shingles or a ladder to inspect them up close. Nail down or replace any wayward shingles to keep your roof in tip-top shape.
Southeast United States
The Southeast region of the United States has a relatively mild climate. It can be hot and dry during the warmer months with moderate precipitation, and while snow can be expected in some states, the ice isn't as heavy as in this region. When trying to keep your home maintained in this climate, make sure you're keeping your home protected for both heavy rains and hot weather.
Test your air conditioner.
The last thing you want once the summer months hit is a broken air conditioner. Now that the temperatures are starting to go up, it's time to have your air conditioner professionally serviced.
Take a look at drainage.
Proper drainage is a big part of keeping your home safe and dry, especially with early spring rains approaching. Take this opportunity to check the slope around your home. According to Southeast Living Magazine, there should be about a 2 percent slope away from the house for water to drain properly, which equates to about a 1 inch drop every 4 feet.
Midwest United States
The Midwest region experiences extremely cold air and precipitation. The region also features the Great Lakes, forests, and agricultural areas. The winter weather in all of these areas can cause damage to your home if you're not keeping the exterior of your home maintained to prepare for it.
Do a roof inspection.
Harsh winters can wreak havoc on parts of your home, especially your roof. While the sun is shining, take the opportunity to check for storm and wind damage to shingles and repair them accordingly.
Check the exterior of your home.
Winter weather can cause damage to the siding of your home. Carefully check your home's exterior for wood rot by giving it a good pressure wash. Re-paint any exposed areas to protect the wood underneath.
Remember, spring cleaning isn’t just about making your home cleaner. It’s also about keeping it in good repair and running efficiently. Happy spring!