We are so glad you chose a Patterson Company home, and we know that sometimes maintaining a home can be really overwhelming. Sometimes the little projects pile up, and you just don’t know where to start or you are afraid you are leaving out something that is really important. As the weather gets warmer, spring is the perfect time to tackle some outdoor maintenance projects so you can enjoy being outside all summer. Here are some tips we’ve gathered to help you stay on track this spring.
- Clean gutters and downspouts. While your up there, you should also inspect the roof and chimney. Touch up peeling or damaged paint.
- Wash all windows, inside and out. Check the foundation vents to make sure the screens are secure and that they are clear of debris.
- Service your lawn mower, and fertilize your lawn. It also a good time to check your outdoor faucets for freeze damage by turning them on and making sure you have a good, strong flow of water. Clean outdoor furniture and air out cushions.
- Check the driveway, patio and sidewalk for cracks. This is also a good season to powerwash and seal these outdoor surfaces. Just make sure to check the weather forecast before you start because you need a couple of dry days to make this project happen.
- If you have outdoor firewood stored, make sure it is at least two feet from your house and 18 inches off the ground. You should also check your yard for standing water that can turn into a mosquito farm in the warmer weather. You may need to install additional drainage or plant a tree that loves water like a willow or a river birch.
- Schedule a service check-up for the AC. There’s nothing worse than needing your air on a hot day midsummer only to realize that it’s not functioning properly. Many major problems can be avoided with a regular tune-up.
- Consider adding trees to your yard. Think long-term and planting a few trees this spring. Mature trees can provide energy-saving shade to your home, a home for birds and butterflies and resale value.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you set clocks forward.
- Wash and change seasonal bedding. It may be time to store the heavy winter blankets.
- Dust blinds and vacuum curtains throughout your house.
- Clean kitchen and bathroom cabinets and throw away outdated food, medicine and cosmetics.
We hope this list helps get you started. Remember that your new home came with a home warranty. So check your warranties to see what might still be covered. One of the advantages of building a new home is that you hopefully have less maintenance, and we hope it stays that way for a long time.