Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

One of the best things about living in the Okanagan Valley is how quickly winter turns into spring and with spring comes spring home maintenance!  There is no better way to maintain the value of your Kelowna home than staying on top of regular maintenance.  Regular maintenance will keep your property looking beautiful and functioning efficiently as well as mitigating future repair costs or suprise issues.  Below you will find a checklist of some of the important home maintenance tasks homeowners in Kelowna should perform each spring to protect your investment and keep things running smoothly.

  • HVAC

As the weather gets warmer, it’s a great time to have your heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems serviced by a professional.  Changing filters, blowing out central air vents and routine maintenance on these systems will ensure everything is operating as it should when it’s time to switch from heating to cooling our homes!

  • Attic & Basement

Check for signs of moisture or mold, look for pests and seal any holes or gaps that provide opportunities for critters to come and go.  Contact a specialist if you find anything of concern.

  • Irrigation

Ensure no damage has occurred to your sprinkler lines during the winter, adjust your sprinkler heads to maximize coverage and limit water spraying on your home, driveway or sidewalks.  Run the system through your preset program to verify the schedule and settings are still appropriate and, most importly, make sure water isn’t being wasted and you are adhering to local watering restrictions!

  • Gutters & Roof

Clean out gutters and downspouts, check your roof for missing shingles or damage and be sure to contact an expert if you need assistance with surveying or repairing your roof or gutters.

  • Foundation, windows & doors

Do a visual inspection of the foundation, windows and door seals of your home.  Look for cracks, shifting or any indication that things have moved since last year.  Catching foundation concerns early can mean the difference between a small repair and a huge issue.  Ensure window and door screens are in place and intact to prevent pests from entering the home when you start to leave your windows open.

  • Trees & Foliage

Trim branches and overgrown bushes, look for limbs damaged over the winter and remove any that pose a threat to your home, electrical lines, vehicles or outbuildings.  Ensure visibility is good when pulling in and out of your driveway to minimize safety risks and keep your property looking its best.

Karen Borring-Olsen

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