Most of us are pretty good at taking care of all the regular jobs around the home, like fixing squeaky doors or bleeding the radiators. But when it comes to more one-off jobs, we can sometimes struggle.
Therefore, in this post, we take a look at some of the items that need to be on your annual checklist and how to go about them.
Inspect, Prune And Cut Back Trees
Having trees on your property helps it look well-rounded and mature. However, they can be a danger, both to themselves and your property.
Every year, inspect your trees. Look for any signs of wear, tear, and damage, particularly after storms. If necessary, prune back any protruding limbs, or get arborists to do it for you if you’re not sure what to do.
Check Your Lawnmower
The next job in spring is to check your lawnmower. Take a look at the blades (replacing them if necessary) and check for any unwanted rattling or noises coming from the motor. If you use a fuel-driven lawn mower, make sure that you adequately oil the engine before starting it up after a long time.
Repaint Your Window Frames
Strictly speaking, repainting your wooden window frames is something that you can do once every two years, but we will include it in this annual maintenance checklist, just for completeness. Look for signs of peeling and chipping and then remove them with a sander if you can. If the damage is serious or extensive, you’ll need to remove all the existing paint and then put down a base coat before adding gloss. Don’t add any new paint to areas that are already chipping or flaking off.
Service Your Water Heater
Over time, the moving parts in water heaters fail. Eventually, elements become clogged, necessitating water heater repair.
Regular servicing, therefore, is advisable. Taking a proactive approach helps to eliminate unexpected or unwanted breakdowns.
Clean Your Pool
With the summer on the way, the springtime is the perfect chance for you to clean out your pool. You’ll want to rake out any debris that might have fallen in, change all the filters, and check that the system still runs properly.
If you don’t fancy doing all that, then you can employ pool care services to do it for you.
Clean Up Your Patio Or Deck
Over the winter, patios and deck can accumulate debris and damage. You may notice cracks appearing, loose nails or organic growth between the boards or slabs.
Cleaning the patio or deck is easy with a pressure washer. These eliminate most of the grime after the first pass. Then all you need to do is fix any problems with the wood or masonry. Make sure that you in-fill any cracks to prevent freeze-thaw weathering from causing further damage next winter.
Check For Leaks
Lastly, you’ll want to check all your plumbing for leaks, particularly under your sink and around your toilet bowl. Ensure that the flapper in your toilet hasn’t worn out as this can sometimes lead to unwanted continuous flushing.