Easily Overlooked Spring Home Maintenance Tasks

Springtime is often associated with one not-so-fun but totally necessary home activity: cleaning! Spring cleaning is so important, not only if you’re planning on putting your house on the market in the near future – as I say homes in good condition always sell faster – but also to ensure the safety and viability of your property. 

It was a pretty wet and rainy winter. In fact, this February, the Los Angeles Times reported that we reached the third wettest consecutive two-day total since official weather records began in 1877. Now that’s a LOT of rain!

If your home is anything like mine, leaves probably accumulated in gutters, windows probably need washing and the roof overall probably needs at least minor repairs. Here are those overlooked spring cleaning home maintenance tasks to complete for the exterior of your home:

  • Getting the roof cleaned and tuned up
  • Cleaning out the gutters
  • Sealing any skylights
  • Cutting tree branches from the roof line
  • Cleaning brush if you’re on a hillside

I always say that it’s critical to take control of preventative home maintenance now because these behind-the-scenes issues are the ones that can cause big problems if general maintenance isn’t happening on a regular basis. 

I recommend this kind of preventative maintenance to every homeowner and seller I work with but it will be especially critical for sellers during the spring selling season. If you’re about to put your home on the market, you do not want to deal with inspection issues or damage right before that “for sale” sign gets stuck into your front yard!

As for the interior of your home, here are a few often overlooked places you’ll want to clean this spring: 

  • Doorknobs and handles
  • Tops of window frames 
  • Bookshelves and floating shelves (dust off those cute items on the shelves, too)
  • Area rugs (when was the last time you lifted your area rug and vacuumed underneath?)
  • Bathroom and kitchen grout
  • Underneath large pieces of furniture (have someone help you move that couch then sweep away!)

Once your spring cleaning is complete and your home looks sparkling and new, your final step is to contact me for a complimentary home selling evaluation to see just how much your home is worth and if selling this spring is right for you!

Andrew Manning • REALTOR® • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties • DRE: 00941825 • 818-380-2147 • andrew@andrewmanning.com