Sprucing up for spring: Six tips to get your home ready for springtime

Well, it’s about time! Now that the ground has thawed for most of us in Canada, it’s time to start thinking about getting your home ready for springtime. Here is a list of easy-to-do projects, sourced from the experts, that will help keep your home in tip-top shape through the lovely season to come.

  1. Clean your gutters and downspouts. Per Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation: In winter, gutters and downspouts often cease to work as they fill with ice. That winter build-up can damage eavestroughs. Check them every spring for leaks and for sections that are low, or only loosely attached to the roof. Remove debris and use a hose to flush out the eavestroughs, starting at the upper end, clearing away smaller debris and at the same time checking for leaks and pooling.
  2. Trim broken tree limbs. This Old House says icy winter storms and heavy snow can leave your yard full of broken branches and twigs. That doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to pruning. Bad snaps can do serious damage, so find the breaks on your trees, then find your clippers, or hire a tree company to address the offending breaks.
  3. Inspect your air conditioning unit, outdoor faucets and lighting. Per Global News, having your air conditioning unit inspected by a certified professional before turning it on for the season is not only a good safety measure, but could also help prolong the life of the unit. It’s also wise to make sure your outdoor faucets, receptacles, and lighting and not damaged.
  4. Check foundation vents. DIY Network notes that a house with a crawl space has vents along the foundation walls. The vents provide air circulation that helps prevent excess moisture and mold growth, and they prevent critters from taking up residence underneath your home. The screens collect leaves and other debris from fall and winter. Spring is a great time to clean them out and check for damage. Clean the vents by hand or use a shop vacuum. Repair any damaged screens — critters can get through even the smallest holes.
  5. Repair your walkway. Per The Nest, snow and cold can wreak havoc on your walkway. With warmer weather approaching, take this time to patch cracks and replace loose bricks and pavers. Rent a power washer or purchase a chemical treatment to clean up embedded stains in concrete, stone or asphalt.
  6. Examine your roof shingles. HGTV says to examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start a budget for replacement. The summer sun can really damage roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.