As Colorado’s harsh winter climate winds down, now is the time to do a bit of annual maintenance to keep your home in tip-top condition. Here is our easy-to-do-yourself checklist of spring tips to keep in mind. The more you care for your home with a bit of annual maintenance, the better condition it will stay in.
Interior Spring Upkeep
Inspect Doors and Windows
After winter is a great time to give your windows a clean. Beyond wiping them down, make sure to check that your bug screens are free of holes and that the seals are intact and not covered in grime. These steps will keep your home free of pests in the summer and ensure leaky windows don’t lead to you wasting money on high energy bills.
Do a Safety Check
Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure your fire extinguishers haven’t expired. Have a plan for emergencies. These safety measures are easy to do but also easy to forget, there’s no time like the present to make sure you, your family, and your home is safe.
Replace HVAC Filters
You don’t need to be a mechanic to be able to replace your filters. In fact, if you have a heating and/or cooling system in your house, you should change these filters twice a year. The filters are relatively inexpensive and can be bought at any local hardware store. Home Depot has a how-to guide to get you started.
Check Spaces You Don’t Frequent
Maybe it’s a crawlspace, maybe it’s a basement, maybe it’s an old shed. Now’s the time to peek into those spaces you might otherwise forget about. Make sure the area is dry and that there isn’t any unexpected odor that might indicate mold. It’s easy for small problems to grow big in spaces like these where they’re often given lots of time to take hold.
Exterior Spring Upkeep
Inspect Your Roof & Clean the Gutters
There are many companies that will send a professional to safely get onto your roof and look for cracks, holes, or other damage. This is also a good time to make sure your gutters are unclogged and ready for springtime rains — this will ensure that water goes where it’s intended and doesn’t collect where it might cause damage.
Make Any Exterior Home Repairs
After the cold and before the heat is the best time to carry out any repairs to the exterior of your home. Some projects may require you to expose parts of the house to the elements. While that’s never desirable, it will be a lot less uncomfortable to do so now before the summer months set in.
Run Outside Water Lines
You may not need to water your lawn or garden yet but it’s always good to check that you can. Freezing temperatures can cause problems for outdoor water lines and can cause pieces to need to be replaced. Better do know before you need them! Now’s also the time to test sprinklers and bring them out of their winter slumber.
Inspect Doors and Windows (again)
Yes, we did this already. But don’t forget to check them from the outside! The exterior takes more of a beating throughout the year and is often the first place where damage occurs. Remember to use caution and have someone with you when checking anything you need a ladder to reach.
Looking For a New Home?
Spring is also a great time to look for a new home. Koelbel has been developing real estate and communities in Denver and Colorado for over 70 years. We’re ready to guide you through every step of the buying process and ensure you find your dream home. We have new townhomes, affordable rentals, mountain communities, and more for you to consider. Explore our communities and find available, move-in ready homes here.
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