Spring Cleanup and Home Maintenance Checklist

  1. Clean out gutters and downspouts – check for corrosion, joint separation and loose fasteners.
  2. Remove any tree limbs and debris from roof shingles.
  3. Inspect trees for signs of broken or rotted branches.  If limbs are high or tree is rotted and needs removed it is best to consult a professional.
  4. Leaky roof?  Leaks typically occur around an inadequately flashed chimney, skylight or other opening.  Look for areas of loose shingles, missing shingles that may have blown off in a recent windstorm, and cracked, curled or deteriorated shingles.  It’s best to leave roof maintenance, patching, and replacement to a licensed professional.  Examine under the eaves for any water staining or discoloration that could indicate a leak as ice dams may have created leaks around the roof edge.
  5. Clean moss and mold off of house siding and decks.
  6. Look for areas of your home that have peeling paint or wood that is starting to deteriorate and make the appropriate repairs.
  7. Check for loose siding and make repairs before a gust of wind tears the siding off your home.
  8. Inspect exterior caulking and replace any that is deteriorating.
  9. Change your furnace filter.
  10. Change batteries in your smoke detectors.
  11. Check your air conditioner to make sure it is clear of leaves and debris.  Don’t allow debris to block the airflow.
    Make sure your sump pump is operating property and install a batter backup pump.
  12. Cracked pavement on driveways and steps should be patched before weeds start to grow. Home improvement stores sell patching materials.  If the cracks are deep enough or if tree roots are raising up areas of pavement that would cause a trip and fall hazard, make the necessary repairs now before a guest trips and falls causing injury and you have a liability claim on your hands.
  13. Check foundation walls, floors, concrete and masonry for cracking, heaving, or deterioration.  If a significant number of bricks are missing their mortar, consult a professional.  If you can slide a nickel into a crack in your concrete floor, slab or foundation, call a professional immediately.

Take steps to preserve the integrity of your home before a claim occurs and your valuables are damaged.  Remember that maintenance items and wear and tear are not covered under a homeowners policy.