Spring Forward

As the days grow longer, now is the perfect time to tackle these 12 seasonal home maintenance tasks so you can enjoy the sunny summer days on the horizon.

By Laura Bickle | 2 minute read

Apr 5

Francisco Alvarez

“Now’s the time to prune most plants and shrubs — consult your garden centre if you’re unsure how.”

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1. Check your eavestroughs:

Make sure they are clear of debris and are still securely attached. Also, ensure that your downspouts are directed away from your home’s foundation.

2. Caulk windows: 

Gaps can let in rain and insects, so a tight seal is important. If necessary, scrape off the old caulk and re-caulk.

3. Inspect your roof:

Are your shingles or flat roof deteriorating? Consider calling a pro to have a closer look.

4. Tidy the perimeter:

Firewood and any other debris close to the house is an ideal breeding ground for insects and other critters.

5. Fix concrete damage:

Inspect your foundation and patio for cracks and fill them to ensure spring rain stays outdoors where it belongs. Also check that water is not pooling near your foundation: Are your patio and walkways sloping toward your house?

6. Have your air-conditioning unit inspected:

Before you turn it on for the season, call in a pro to inspect and service it — not only will it be ready for sweltering summer days, but it will also last longer.

7. Test outdoor lights, outlets and valves:

Make sure they are in good working order and replace any dead bulbs or batteries.

8. Clean the barbecue:

Follow your unit’s cleaning instructions and ensure that all gas connections are secure.

9. Inspect safety monitors:

Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and, while you’re at it, ensure your fire extinguisher is still valid.

10. Vet the vents:

Ensure all vents are clear of debris, vacuum your dryer vent and replace or clean the furnace filter..

11. Tidy the garden:

Now’s the time to prune most plants and shrubs — consult your garden centre if you’re unsure how. Clear out debris and lay down mulch.


12. Prep your lawn:

Dethatch if necessary and start overseeding. Check your lawnmower to ensure it is tuned up and ready for the first mowing of the season!



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