# Your Home

The Ultimate Spring Checklist for Your Home

The cold months are behind us and we’re looking forward to warm, sunny days ahead — but is your home prepared for the spring season?

Just as spring is nature’s season of renewal, so too is your home’s. After the unforgiving force of winter, it’s important to give your home a once-over and repair any minor damages before they grow into major—and costly—headaches later. To help you prepare your home for the warmer months ahead, our Home Managers have put together a comprehensive list so you can tackle your spring to-do’s like a Pro.

Exterior

Flooding Prevention

  • Inspect and repair your eavestroughs and downspouts of any damage. This is a crucial step in preventing water damage to the exterior and interior of your home.
  • Clean your eavestroughs and downspouts to ensure proper drainage.
  • Ensure your downspouts are draining away from your home to prevent water damage to your foundation and lawn.
  • Check the grading of your home. Water should run away from your home, not towards it.
  • Inspect roof surface flashing, shingles, and soffits of any damage or missing pieces. Repair as necessary.

Roof & Exterior Surfaces

  • Clean siding with a pressure washer to keep mold from growing.
  • Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure, and re-paint as necessary.
  • Paint is not only an aesthetic layer, it is the first level of protection against the harsh elements.

Windows & Doors

  • Clean the exterior of your windows and doors. Hire a Pro if you have a home with multiple storeys - safety first!
  • Clean and inspect your windows and door screens for any holes. Holes bigger than a quarter provide plenty of room for bugs and small animals to climb in.
  • Check all exterior caulking, and replace if deteriorating.

Decks, Fences & Porches

  • Clean all balcony/terrace/patio and window ledge surfaces from winter debris
  • Check all decks, patios, porches, fences stairs and railings for loose fixtures and deterioration.
  • Open decks and fences need to be treated every 4-6 years, depending on how much exposure they get to sun and rain. If the stain doesn’t look like it should or water has turned some of the wood a dark grey, have your deck and/or fence treated professionally by a Pro.

Interior

Flooding Prevention

  • Check your sump pump is operating properly, and clean and drain any debris from the pit as necessary.
  • Check foundation walls, floors and concrete for cracking, heaving or deterioration. If you can slide a nickel into any concrete cracks, call a Pro immediately.
  • Check the floor drains in your basement and ensure that they are unobstructed and draining correctly.

Home Safety

  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace batteries if necessary.
  • Inspect fire extinguishers to ensure they are full and accessible.
  • Test your home’s security system & review safety procedures with your family.
  • Clean your chimney for the health and safety of your home.

Appliances

  • Clean and/or replace your range hood filter.
  • Vacuum and dust the compressor at the rear of your fridge and freezer.
  • Inspect your washer hose and dryer hook-up for any leaks.
  • Clean dishwasher filter, spray arms, and pump.
  • Empty your central vacuum canister and clean filter, if applicable.
  • Inspect humidifier drain line and filter for mineral deposit buildup.

Kitchen & Bathrooms

  • Inspect and clean all bathroom and laundry exhaust fans from dust build up.
  • Check all silicone sealants around bathtubs, showers and sinks. Reseal if cracked or peeling.
  • Inspect all loose or missing grout/caulking on tiled surfaces. Re-grout or caulk as necessary.

Air Conditioning

  • Check your air conditioning system and have it serviced by a Pro to ensure it is in peak working condition for the hot months ahead.
  • Clean and replace air conditioning filters every 90 days (at a minimum).

Home Organization

  • Declutter your home by inspecting each room one-by one, and discarding anything that you and your family have not used for 6-month or more.
  • If discarding of unused items, arrange for proper junk removal.
  • Ensure your basement, garage, and/or shed is logically organized, especially when transitioning from your winter equipment to your spring and summer equipment.

Landscaping

Lawn Care

  • Rake up any winter debris, including sticks, fallen leaves, and dead foliage.
  • If you own a dog, be sure to pick up any frozen or leftover poop from your lawn before beginning any lawn maintenance.
  • Dethatch and/or aerate your lawn. The best time to do this is after a light rain or watering.
  • Fertilize and overseed your lawn around the first time your lawn needs a mow.
  • Once the forecast is clear of any below-freezing temperatures, open your exterior bibs and check that your hose is clear of any leaks.
  • Open your sprinkler system and have a Pro check for any leaky valves, exposed lines and improperly working sprinkler heads.

Gardening

  • Renew your garden by topping up and replacing your topsoil and mulch.
  • Fertilize tulips while blooming and after bloom. Fertilize all other spring bulbs late in bloom cycle.
  • Prune existing perennials to a height or 4-5 inches and ornamental grasses to 2-3 inches to allow new growth to propagate. Plant and/or transplant perennials when the soil is not overly wet.
  • Fertilize ornamental planting beds with slow release fertilizer.
  • Cut back and trim all overgrowth of vegetation and bushes so they do not damage your home’s exterior paint and siding.

Lighting

  • Reset automatic timers on outdoor lighting when sunset begins much later in the day
  • Check outdoor lighting and replace bulbs as necessary.

Car

  • Swap your winter car tires for summer car tires.
  • Change the oil and oil filter in your vehicle.
  • Check your fluids, including your power steering, brake, transmission, windshield washer, and coolant fluids.
  • Replace your windshield wipers if they’ve torn, warped, or cracked during the harsh months of winter.
  • Detail the interior of your car to remove the salt, grime, and dirt build-up that has accumulated over winter.

Leisure & Entertainment

  • Clean your BBQ by grinding off all grease and carbon with a grinder, applying a mild degreaser, washing, drying, and polishing the exterior of our BBQ.
  • Open your pool and hot tub by removing your winter cover, refilling your pool, checking all jet heads, shocking the water, checking your filter and chemical system, and cleaning all pool accessories (like ladder, diving board, etc.)
  • Clean and maintain your pool’s and hot tub’s systems at least once a week, once open.
  • Replace heavy winter bedding with lighter fabrics, and vacuum and rotate mattresses.
  • Consider having your bicycles tuned-up after the dormancy of winter.
  • Clean and pressure wash your outdoor furniture and planters.

It's okay to ask for help

At Setter, we understand how important spring maintenance is for the health, safety and enjoyment of your home. We also understand how time-consuming it can be to properly care for all the items on this list. If you need help with any of the above, please speak to your Home Manager. Offering over 200+ home services, Setter can help with any of the items on your spring to-do list.

Together, we can cross off your checklist in 5-minutes.

Speak to your Home Manager today!