Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Home

Spring will soon be on its way, and along with warmer weather and blooming flowers, comes the opportunity to check off some home maintenance to-dos.  If you are interested in selling your home near Eldon, MO, sometime in the future, keeping up with yearly maintenance is key to keeping your home in shape for selling.  Once you decide to list your Eldon, MO home for sale, it should be in tip-top shape for potential buyers.  This blog will present you with a list of a few important Spring maintenance ideas that you can be thinking about for when the weather begins to warm up.

Clean out All Vents 

Any vents that lead to the outside of your home, whether they be a bathroom vent, a dryer vent, or a vent from a stove range, should be thoroughly cleaned.  This helps to prevent fire hazards.  Also, any vent leading to the outside of the home can attract pests or plants that may start to grow.  By annually deep cleaning or replacing these vents, you are preventing the above hazards and making it easier to enter in your home.  

Tune-Up Your AC

Spring is the perfect time to check the functioning of your air conditioning unit, before the hot temperature of summer hits.  It is important to schedule a professional tune-up.  Also, make sure to replace the air filter, and clean out the outdoor condenser unit and clear the condensate drain line. Clean your air conditioner’s coils and drain pans.  Make sure to inspect your air duct system, and to check insulation levels and seal air leaks.  Tuning up your AC annually will save you in energy costs and other costly issues that could occur down the road. 

Check all Smoke Alarms throughout the Home

This is an easy weekend to-do, even if you are short on time, and you don’t have to wait for spring to complete this indoor task!  Make sure to check every smoke alarm in the home individually.  There should be a test button located on each alarm.  Push that button until you hear the test alarm sound go off.  If no sound goes off, replace the batteries in that unit, or replace the entire unit if necessary.  

Repair any Torn Screens and Check for Existing Pest Problems

If you have broken or torn window screens, the chance of pest problems in your home increases dramatically.  Take out all ripped or broken screens and replace with new ones that fit properly.  This is also a good time to check your home for existing pest problems.  Check both the interior and exterior of your home for signs that you may have a pest problem.  These signs could include ruined wood, dead insects, or clusters of insect eggs.  If you feel you may have an insect problem, contact a local exterminator for a quote.  Insects can damage your home from the inside-out and can lead to costly repairs of the entire structure if not taken care of immediately. 

Fix or Repair the Roof and Gutters 

Check your roof shingles for any that may be broken or need to be replaced.  Check for signs of water damage or need for roof repair both on the outside of your home, and also in the attic area closest to the roof line.  Make sure your gutters are completely cleaned out and that the water is flowing correctly (away from your home’s foundation).  This can prevent potential leaks or drainage that could end up flooding your basement and compromising the foundation of the home.

Repair Paint Chipping and Caulk any Cracks or Openings in the Exterior

Paint chipping can not only be a cosmetic turn-off to potential buyers, but the exterior paint of your home keeps the outside sealed.  If your home has paint chipping on the outside, the water from springtime storms could potentially damage your home’s exterior.  While inspecting your exterior for paint chipping, also make sure to check for any unsealed cracks or crevices that need to be caulked.  This will help keep the weather and pests outside of the home, and not in. 

Remove Dead Plants and Leaves from the Yard

Again, what may appear to be only a cosmetic fix –albeit an important one- there is another reason to remove dead plants, leaves, and debris from the yard of your home. While allowing new plants to grow in the place of the dead ones, your yard will come to life with curb appeal.  Just as important, if not more, are the safety precautions you will be taking by removing dead plants and leaves.  As the temperature heats up in the spring and summer, dead plants and other debris become potential fire hazards. Keep your home safe and your yard looking healthy by devoting a weekend to clearing out the flower beds.  

Now that you know some of the ways you can keep your home in tip-top shape, you will be better prepared when you decide to sell your Mid-Missouri home.  Keeping your home up-to-date on maintenance and repairs will help you to be better prepared when you do decide to sell.  As your team of real estate agents in Eldon, MO, we understand the importance of keeping on top of these tasks and are here to provide you with any information needed once you do decide to sell your home.  

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