Easy Spring Home Maintenance for Homeowners and Renters
The trees are starting to bud, the grass is slowly turning from brown to green again, and instead of the cool wind blowing, you’re starting to feel a slightly warmer breeze. The kids notice the change, and their excitement rises. You’re feeling the sudden rise in energy, too. And with it, a compulsive need to clean. Can you guess what’s right around the corner? Spring!
After hibernating for the cold winter months, we attack the interior of our homes, vigorously cleaning the house top to bottom. It’s easy to notice the obvious things that have accumulated while we were preoccupied with baking and nestling around the fire for the past several months.
But caring for the exterior of your home is just as important as sweeping up the dust bunnies formed through the winter. So while you’re busy adding scrub the baseboards and clean the dirty walls to your spring home maintenance to-do list, you can go ahead and tack clear the gutters and reseal the deck at the end.
The list is long — perhaps the longest household to-do list that you’ll ever create. So, to set you up for success here’s a checklist to help you keep it all straight. Deep breaths, everyone!
Easy Spring Home Maintenance Checklist for Homeowners and Renters
If you own your home and live in it, then you have the most work to do. Makes sense, right? If you’re a military homeowner leasing out the property, then you’ll share some of the responsibility with tenants. But in either scenario, homeowners carry the bulk of the responsibility.
Interior Spring Cleaning Checklist
- Clean appliances. Run vinegar and baking soda through your beloved dishwasher and washer. Pull your appliances out, away from the walls, and clean around and behind them. Pay extra attention to the dryer and free the vents and duct of lint and dust.
- Clean the carpets. Pay for a professional cleaning service to give your carpet and rugs a thorough rinse or rent a carpet shampooer and see for yourself how much dirt clings to those pretty floor coverings.
- Dust. Get out your favorite duster or damp rag because there’s a lot of stuff that accumulates during the winter, especially if you have pets that spent most of their time inside.
- Replace air filters. Arm yourself against the upcoming seasonal allergies and replace air filters throughout the home with allergy-reducing ones.
- Wipe down the fan blades. Have you ever stopped your ceiling fans long enough to see what they’re carrying? Grab a damp cloth and wipe those things down!
- Wash the bedding. If there’s a dramatic change in temperature coming, consider switching to a lighter-weight bedspread for the warmer months.
- Clean and open the windows. There’s no better way to let in more natural light than by spraying down the windows. Between the kids' hands and the pups' noses, there’s likely a thick layer of film filtering your light.
- Clean the range hood. It's not often at the top of the list, but cleaning the stove range and hood can help you avoid grease fires and get rid of any lingering smells.
- Sweep the chimney. Do you have a real fireplace? It's time to clean it up and get it ready for hibernation until the next winter comes. This is probably a job for professionals, so add calling chimney cleaners to your checklist.
- Treat mold and mildew in the bathrooms. It’s a little disheartening how quickly mold and mildew grow in the shower. While it should be on your routine maintenance list, now is a great time to get rid of it. While you’re at it, recaulk the areas that are showing too much wear.
Exterior Spring Cleaning Checklist
- Clear the gutters. Hopefully, you performed this task during the fall, but there’s always a few things that linger. Climb the ladder to make sure that the gutters are clear and ready to handle the springtime rain.
- Adjust water flow extensions. Make sure that the water collecting in the gutters is pointed away from the home’s foundation to avoid any damage.
- Repaint. The cold weather takes a toll on a home’s exterior. Check for any chipped paint or fading before the summer heat hits.
- Replace window screens. With the nice weather approaching, you’ll likely want to open up the windows and let the fresh air flow through the house. This is a good time to ensure that there aren’t any tears or holes in the screens that might allow bugs to enter!
- Reseal the deck. Your wooden elements like the deck, railings, and mailbox post might need a little love after the cold weather.
- Inspect the roof. Time to check the roof for any missing shingles or damage. Make sure that it’s up to snuff and can handle the rain that’s inevitably coming.
- Landscape. Remove and replaced dead plants and fertilize the yard to bring some color and life back to your curb appeal.
Landlords, if you expect the tenants to handle specific maintenance tasks make sure that you include those in the lease. Remember, communication is the most important part of the landlord/tenant relationship and the key to ensuring everyone is on the same page!
For Renters and Military Housing Tenants
Home maintenance responsibilities look a lot different for a renter than for a homeowner. While the owner is responsible for the big things around the house, there are also tasks for the renter to maintain. In addition to some of the same responsibilities as above, pay attention to:
- Clean appliances
- Clean the carpets
- Replace air filters
- Wipe down the fan blades
- Wash the bedding
- Clean and open the windows
- Clean the kitchen hood
- Treat mold and mildew in the bathrooms
- Trim landscaping. Clip the plants that didn’t make it through winter.
- Cut the grass. As the rain starts to fall and the sun comes out, you can expect the grass to take off! Keep the lawn manicured to avoid any critters making themselves a home near yours.
Renters, when it comes to the exterior of the property, a huge part of your responsibility is to communicate any necessary maintenance or repairs to the landlord. Though it might not fall on your shoulders to repaint the house or replace a broken railing, it is a good idea to let the homeowner know that some work might be needed.
By Danielle Keech
Spring home maintenance might seem like a lot of work, but it’s an easy list to follow and could help avoid larger issues with the home later!