Get your home spring ready with these 10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips, like changing your filters, checking your lawn mower, and more.
We’re in the home stretch, guys. We’re almost out of the long winter and into spring. Which is exciting because who doesn’t love sunshine, warm weather, and being able to open the windows to let some fresh air in.
Your mind may be ready for spring, but is your home?
There are a few home maintenance tips you want to keep in mind now, just to make sure your home made it through the winter unharmed.
10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips
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To make your life easier, we split these up into indoor and outdoor tips.
Indoor Spring Home Maintenance Tips
1. Change your filters
These tips aren’t in any order, but this one is first because it’s fresh in my mind. Change your filters.
To start, you should also change your refrigerator’s water filter. Our Kenmore fridge has an indicator light that tells us when we need to change the filter, which is super helpful. Changing it every spring (or every six months if you drink a lot of water) is a good rule of thumb.
You can head over to this water filter guide, find your model, and then order the exact filter you need. In case you didn’t know, water filters aren’t standard. Different refrigerators use different size filters.
But these aren’t the only filters you should change.
We just changed our air filters, which you should do quarterly. Air filters get filled with dust and allergens, which decreases their efficiency. Your HVAC system has to work harder when your air filters are older, and that costs you money in the long run. So every spring (really, every season) change these.
2. Clean the dryer vent
My aunt and uncle had a terrible fire in their home a couple years ago because of a clogged dryer vent. So please, if you do nothing else this spring, clean your dryer vent.
If your dryer exhaust hose is like ours and isn’t easily accessible, or if you don’t know how to remove and clean your dryer vent, call a professional. It’s the best money you’ll spend.
3. Change the smoke detector batteries
Every six months, you should change the batteries in your smoke detectors. And you should change all the batteries at once, even if they’re not chirping. That way, you know you did them all.
If you make a habit of changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every spring and fall, you’ll always know they’re not dead.
And really, a lot of home maintenance is just routine. If you follow this list every spring, it’ll become a habit.
4. Look for leaks in the attic or crawl space
Roof damage can be caused by melting snow, which happens during the winter if you live up north (or, this year, if you live in Texas). The water from melting snow can get through cracks in the roof and leak into your attic or crawl space.
In the spring, take a look in your attic or crawl space and look for any water damage that may have been caused by a leaky roof. Look for mold or wood rot and if you find any, fix it immediately.
5. Change the direction of your ceiling fan
Seasons dictate which direction your ceiling fans should spin. In the warmer months, the fan should turn left and in the colder months, the ceiling fan should turn right. This is based on cold air going up or down, depending on if you want it to cool you or be away from you.
If you live somewhere with a warm spring, you want to take a minute now to change the direction of all your ceiling fans so that they turn left and bring the cool air down to you.
Outdoor Home Maintenance Tips
6. Turn on your irrigation
Chances are, you winterized your irrigation system. You definitely turned it off. And, depending on how old it gets in your area, you either insulated your components that are above ground or you actually removed the pipe and brought it inside for the winter.
Remove the insulation or put the pipe back, then turn on your irrigation system. You’ll need to use that this spring to start using your sprinkler system, and it won’t work if it’s turned off.
7. Clean your gutters
If you have trees close to your home, there’s a chance they spent the fall and winter dropping leaves, pine needles, acorns, or more into your gutters.
Climb onto a latter and either remove any debris by hand or if you have a leaf blower, just blow out the gutters.
8. Check your roof
We live in an area that’s prone to hurricanes. And a couple years ago, when a hurricane was directly over our town for three days, it damaged so many roofs in our area. Ours was fine, thank goodness, but our next door neighbor lost shingles and had a leak into his attic.
Roof damage can be caused by hurricanes, which happen a lot during fall and winter. Or from snow, which we mentioned when we talked about checking your attic or crawl space.
If you did find damage in those areas of your home, or honestly even if you didn’t, you might want to get up on your roof and look for any cracks, missing shingles, buckled wood, and the like. Checking now and patching any small areas can prevent replacing your entire roof later on.
9. Pressure wash your home and driveway
There’s so much dirt that accumulates on your home’s siding. Between rain, snow, leaves, and birds, you have no idea what’s all over your home. So you definitely want to pressure wash it annually.
The best time to do it is in the spring. Winter is cold, summer is hot, and fall makes a mess of your home so you’d be pressure washing it all the time. Take one spring day, break out your pressure washer, and have at it.
While you’re doing your home, be sure to pressure wash your driveway, porch, and any outdoor furniture. It makes such a big difference in your curb appeal.
10. Check the lawn mower
The first spring we lived in our home, we bought a gas lawn mower. We didn’t know anything about lawn mower maintenance. So when the second spring rolled around, our lawn mower didn’t work. We didn’t flush it or remove the gas from the previous season. It ended up being an easy fix, we just didn’t know what to do.
Now we do.
And now you should too. Every spring, check your lawn mower. Check its spark plugs, its blades, all the common lawn mower parts. Be sure it has gas and oil too.
If you need help checking these things out, you can check out this DIY walk-behind mower repair help page. Plus, this lawn mower tune up video can really help as well.
Need help with your spring maintenance?
A lot of this is stuff you can do on your own. You definitely know how to change your smoke detector batteries, and I have faith that you can figure out how to clean the gutters.
But what about the more complicated things, like cleaning the dryer exhaust hose? You might wanna call someone for help.
If you head over to Sears PartsDirect’s website, you can actually go to “Schedule a repair” section on the top right and easily book a maintenance appointment.
If you know what you’re doing, but you need a piece — anything from a gasket to a grill grate — you can order it directly from the site.
Even better, Shop Your Way members get $20 back in points on PartsDirect purchases over $50 with the code SYW20.
Which of these 10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips is most helpful to you? Let us know in the comments.
Friday 7th of April 2023
These are very useful and informative home maintenance tips. Especially, these tips are very helpful for novices because they don’t know how to maintain their homes before spring season. Roof inspection is very important before spring and winter season because roof leaks can become a bigger problem if they are not detected on time. So keep your eye on the roof, clean it and coat the roof with a superlative and long lasting solution. EPDM Liquid Butyl Rubber is a very durable and sustainable roof coating. Due to its unique properties it is the best roof sealant on the market and has over a 25 year history of success.
Donna @ Modern on Monticello
Thursday 18th of March 2021
Definitely some great tips that we should all do this month. Thanks for sharing them.
Friday 12th of March 2021
Good article. Love the tips.
Monday 8th of March 2021
Great tips and reminders.