Now that we’ve survived another Minnesota winter and spring is just around the corner, it’s time to consider spring maintenance for your home. While regular upkeep can seem like a hassle at the time, it can help avoid the cost of major repairs—particularly in historic homes. Here’s a checklist to get you started:
- Inspect your home’s exterior for loose siding or trim, cracks, and crumbling mortar.
- Examine your celilings for any signs of leaks.
- Wash siding with a garden hose and a solution of a third of a cup of laundry detergent per gallon of hot water. Work from the bottom up with a soft nylon brush (top down can cause stains).
- Wash and treat (or paint) wood decks to prevent cracking.
- Have your air conditioning system professionally inspected.
- Check pop-up sprinkler systems for leaks or clogs and be sure the spray isn’t going where it shouldn’t.
- Get your home professionally checked for pests such as ants before they can create structural damage.
If you need help finding reliable resources for any of the above, just call us at 651-699-6863 and we’ll be happy to help.