Northern Virginia, DC & Maryland Real Estate

Spring Maintenance Checklist

Foundation, Basements & Exterior Walls
  • Check the condition of the exterior surfaces & touch up any areas that need paint before they deteriorate further
  • Check your inside and outside foundation walls and piers for termite tubes and damaged wood
  • Clean gaps between deck boards above joists
  • Examine the foundation walls for cracks, leaks, pest damage or signs of moisture, and repair as required
  • Hose off house exterior
  • Make sure the downspouts direct water at least 5 feet away from your foundation walls
  • Renail any loose siding or trim boards
  • Scrub mildewed areas of house exterior and treat for mildew and fungus on decks
Roofs, Fireplace, Chimneys & Gutters
  • Check antenna guy wires and support straps, repair or replace as needed
  • Check gutters, downspouts, and roof penetrations for leaks
  • Clean out gutters and downspout elbows
  • Examine fascia or soffit boards & replace if they are soft or rotting, and, examine flashing trim and repalir/replace as needed
  • Inspect the roof for damaged, loose or blistered shingles & replace damaged shingles
  • Remove leaves and clean debris from attic louvers and soffits
Yard, Drive/Walk ways, Grading & Drainage
  • Clean around air conditioner compressor & uncover
  • Clean up fallen branches and other debris around the home
  • 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
  • Make sure that your lawn sprinkler heads do not spray the walls of the house
  • Re-level any exterior steps or decks which moved due to frost or settling
  • Repair and paint fences as necessary
  • Trim branches and shrubs that are touching your home
  • Undertake spring landscape maintenance and, if necessary, fertilize young trees
Doors and Windows
  • Check and replace damaged caulking and weather stripping around windows and doorways
  • Clean out basement window wells, doorways & storm drains
  • Clean windows, screens and hardware, and replace storm windows with screens (check first and repair or replace if needed), then lubricate moving parts, and ensure weep holes are clear
  • Inspect and repair (if needed) screens
  • Oil moving parts of garage door
  • On storm windows and doors, check latches, pivots and hinges for loose connections or signs of wear, and replace loose or worn parts
Plumbing & HWH
  • Adjust sprinkler heads for proper coverage
  • 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) And then drin off sediment from the HWH tank
  • 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
  • Examine septic system drain field for flooding, odor; have tank pumped yearly
  • Have well water tested every 6 months for quality & bacteria
  • Open valve to outside hose connection after all danger of frost has passed, and check all bibs and shutoff valves
Heating & Cooling
  • Inspect the HVAC fan belt for frayed or worn spots, and check tension (keep spare belt on hand), and also check the whole house attic fan
  • Shut down and clean furnace humidifier, and close the furnace humidifier damper on units with central air conditioning
  • Shut off gas heater valve, then check exhaust and air shutter openings for dirt and dust. Clean the burner of lint and dirt by vacuuming air passages to burner
  • Turn OFF gas furnace and fireplace pilot lights where possible
Interior General
  • Check attic fans & thermostat, clean blades, lubricate motor and pulley bearings, check and repair drive belt
  • Check dehumidifier and clean if necessary
  • Check vents and louvers for free air movement
  • Inspect your attic to make sure it is getting cool, fresh air and that there is no evidence of condensation