By: Shawn Lepp

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Selling a home in Durham Region, Home Renovations

(NC) Winter is tough on our homes; the consistent below-freezing temperatures, freezing rain and snowstorms can take their toll. While the beginning of spring is welcomed with a sigh of relief, it signals that homeowners need to get to work on seasonal maintenance tasks to repair any casualties of the cold and prep for the summer ahead.  
Here, direct insurance provider Onlia shares a springtime maintenance checklist to make sure you have your bases covered:  

Clean your gutters  
Gutters and downspouts can get clogged by debris — and clogged gutters can cause water damage. Clear your gutters of anything that’s built up over the winter and patch any holes with exterior caulking to make sure they effectively direct all water away from your home.

Look out for pests and critters  
Spring is when the pests and critters come out and can sometimes cause trouble for homeowners. Most notable among them are the termites that tend to swarm in the spring. Experts recommend keeping an eye out for winged insects in and around woodwork. If you find them, they’re likely termites, and you should call pest control right away if you notice signs like discoloured or drooping drywall or peeling paint that indicates water damage.

Check out your roof  
You don’t need a ladder for this one. Go outside and look at your roof; do a simple visual inspection for loose or missing shingles and call a professional if a repair is in order.

Inspect your driveway and pathway  
The constant cycle of freezing and thawing in the winter is tough on concrete and asphalt. Examine your driveways and walkways and take note of damage like cracks and uneven surfaces. They could post a safety hazard to those on your property, so it’s best to get them checked out as soon as possible.

Even with proactive maintenance, sometimes you just can’t prevent the unexpected — but you can prepare for it. Protect your home and what’s in it with a solid home insurance policy. Get a quote at onlia.ca.