Northern Virginia, DC & Maryland Real Estate

Spring Maintenance Checklist

  • Check and replace damaged caulking and weather stripping around windows and doorways
  • Inspect and repair (if needed) screens
  • Clean and seal tile grout
  • After consulting your hot water tank owner's manual, carefully test the temperature and pressure relief valve to ensure it is not stuck. (Caution: this test may release hot water that can cause burns)
  • Shut down and clean furnace humidifier, and close the furnace humidifier damper on units with central air conditioning
  • Check dehumidifier and clean if necessary
  • Turn OFF gas furnace and fireplace pilot lights where possible
  • Clean windows, screens and hardware, and replace storm windows with screens. Check screens first and repair or replace if needed
  • Oil moving parts of garage door
  • Clean out basement window wells
  • Inspect your attic to make sure it is getting cool, fresh air and that there is no evidence of condensation
  • Check attic fans & thermostat
  • Ensure sump pump is operating properly before the spring thaw sets in. Ensure discharge pipe is connected and allows water to drain away from the foundation
  • Inspect the roof for damaged, loose or blistered shingles & replace damaged shingles
  • Trim branches and shrubs that are touching your home
  • Examine fascia or soffit boards & replace if they are soft or rotting
  • Clean out gutters and downspout elbows
  • Check gutters, downspouts, and roof penetrations for leaks
  • Make sure the downspouts direct water at least 5 feet away from your foundation walls
  • Check the condition of the exterior surfaces & touch up any areas that need paint before they deteriorate further
  • Examine the foundation walls for cracks, leaks or signs of moisture, and repair as required
  • Hose off house exterior
  • Scrub mildewed areas of house exterior and treat for mildew and fungus on decks
  • Clean up fallen branches and other debris around the home
  • Clean gaps between deck boards above joists
  • Repair and paint fences as necessary
  • Clean around air conditioner compressor & uncover
  • Open valve to outside hose connection after all danger of frost has passed
  • Re-level any exterior steps or decks which moved due to frost or settling
  • Clear all drainage ditches and culverts of debris
  • Inspect grading around the house to be sure water drains away from the foundation on all sides
  • Undertake spring landscape maintenance and, if necessary, fertilize young trees
  • Make sure that your lawn sprinkler heads do not spray the walls of the house
  • Check your inside and outside foundation walls and piers for termite tubes and damaged wood
  • Clean out basement window wells
  • Examine septic system drain field for flooding, odor; have tank pumped yearly
  • Have well water tested every 6 months for quality & bacteria