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  • By Ryan Young
  • Royal Oak, MI
  • Posted Saturday, April 29, 2023

Spring time home maintenance

It's spring and time to think about your home's seasonal maintenance. As a home inspection, I know how important it is to maintain your home regularly in order to keep it in top condition and avoid costly repairs later on. Here are some spring-cleaning tips to ensure your home is in tip-top shape.

  1. Check Your Roof

It's important to inspect your roof in the spring after winter weather. Check for cracked or missing shingles. If not resolved immediately, these issues can cause structural damage and water damage.

  1. Check your gutters and downspouts

Gutters and downspouts play a vital role in diverting water away from the foundation of your home. Make sure that they are free of debris or leaves from the winter. Make sure they are in good shape and securely fastened. It's important to replace or repair any damaged or broken items before the rainy seasons begins.

  1. Test your sump pump

You want to make sure your sump pump works correctly to avoid flooding your basement. Pour water into your sump pit to test the pump. The sump pump should start and remove the water from the pit. It may be time to change the pump if it does not turn on, or if it fails to pump the water out correctly.

  1. Check your HVAC system

The spring is the best time to service your HVAC system. Professional technicians can inspect and clean your system, ensuring it is working properly. You can save money by extending the life of your heating and cooling system.

  1. Check Your Windows and Doors

Your windows and doors can be damaged by the winter weather, causing drafts and higher energy bills. Check for cracks, leaks or other damage. Caulk all gaps and weatherstrip the doors to increase their efficiency.

  1. Cleaning Your Chimney

It is important to clean your chimney regularly if you use a wood stove or fireplace. This will prevent fires. The spring is a great time to clean your chimney and inspect it for damage.

Spring maintenance is essential to keep your home in good condition and avoid costly repairs. As a home inspection, I recommend that you inspect your roof, gutters and downspouts. You should also test your sump pumps, check your HVAC system and inspect your windows and doors. These tips will help you maintain your home and give you peace of mind.


Ryan Young, Licensed Residential Builder & Home Inspector

I am a licensed residential builder in the State of Michigan (ID #2102211191). I have been licensed as a builder for 5 years. This sets me apart as the State of Michigan does not license home inspectors. I have worked in the building and inspection industry for 14 years. I inspected hundreds of bank owned homes during the foreclosure crisis.

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