Neighborhood Expert: Spring maintenance reminders

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA and D.C. with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

I came downstairs to my husband vacuuming the filter under our fridge yesterday and teaching my son how to clean it and it was a good reminder of all the little things we forget to do to keep our homes in good shape for the long run.

Here’s my list of stuff to do, that I would actually do on my own home:

  1. Extend your downspouts away from your house. Water is enemy #1 for a foundation and corrugated pipe extensions are cheap!
  2. Power wash your exterior stairs and/or siding, or “soft wash” hardiplank if you have build up on it. You’ll want to repaint any foundation that’s missing paint.
  3. Service your HVAC.
  4. Make sure any outside drains are clear of debris. Again, water.
  5. Clean your dryer vent annually.
  6. Check any trees around your house. If they’re touching or overhanging your home, get them cut back. It’s dangerous in storms and also invites easy access for critters into your attic.
  7. Caulk. Such an easy thing to do, and cheap, but can prevent so much damage from water. Check around doors, windows, light fixtures, hose bibs, and vents. Plumbers putty is your friend.

I’m going to end there. If you do those things, your house will be set up for a good spring and summer!

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Cleaning (via Lucas van Oort on Unsplash)

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