We created our seasonal checklists to help you stay on track each season. Using them can help you avoid common (and costly) risks at your properties such as injuries caused by unstable decks and damage caused by dead trees. Keep reading for our spring maintenance checklist or download the pdf below!
Check for damage to your roof and clean gutters & downspouts
Cracked, buckled, or loose shingles need to be replaced along with those missing any granules. Keep debris from accumulating in gutters, eliminate sags and dips, and be sure downspouts drain away from the foundation.
Remove dead trees from the yard; trim healthy trees & bushes back from utility wires
Hire a licensed and insured professional to trim dead branches and cut down large trees. In addition to preventing damage to the house, a clean yard deters thieves.
Repair cracked, broken, or uneven driveways, walkways, and stairs
Replace any broken or weak deck boards and inspect handrails and grab bars to prevent injuries from falls. Sharp edges, splintered or rotting wood, rusted nails, or nail pops can also be a liability hazard.
Inspect your smoke & carbon monoxide alarms; one should be installed on each floor
Test alarms monthly. Change the batteries twice a year or more frequently as needed. Ensure tenants do not disconnect or remove the alarms.
Make sure your multipurpose fire extinguisher is full & properly pressurized
Store the extinguisher in an accessible location and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for routine maintenance.
Repair electrical outlets that have frayed wires or loose-fitting plus as they are potential fire hazards
Be sure outlets, breaker/fuse boxes and extension cords are not overloaded.
Clean the space under the dryer & the dryer exhaust duct; check the washer supply lines
Remove all lint, dust, and pieces of material as these are a leading cause of fires in the home. Inspect washer supply lines for any necessary replacement.
Have your air-conditioning system inspected and ducts cleaned by a professional
Check hoses for leaks, and make sure everything is draining properly. Clean or replace your HVAC filter on a monthly basis.
Check your water heater for leaks and rust; if this damage is found, you may need to replace it
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on draining to remove sediment that can shorten its life.
Test your sump pump to be sure it comes on when water is poured into the sump pit
Install a battery backup pump as “insurance” against water damage.