Fertilizing Solid State Home Inspections

Spring is a great season for renewal in your home. It is a time to clean out after a long winter and get your house and yard ready for warmer months ahead. Regular home maintenance is necessary to avoid major unexpected costs. Maintenance left undone can be a major detriment to a homes value in the future and creates a lot of red flags in a home inspection.

This maintenance list is not exhaustive or tailored to your home but is a good place to help you get started on maintaining your home:

  • A Special note about Strata’s
    • If you are in a strata, many common exterior maintenance items are covered by your strata fees. We have highlighted common items covered by strata management with a “

Spring Maintenance

  • Make sure your window screens are properly mounted and free of holes
  • Turn back on any outside hose bibs/taps that may have been winterized
  • Prepare your central A/C for the season (remove covers, activate power)
  • Disconnect your humidifier (especially important if you have central A/C as it may cause your A/C to ice up)
  • Clean out your wood burning appliances and fireplaces. Now would be a good time to have the chimney cleaned out too.
  • When heating season is over, turn off your furnace and fireplace pilot lights where and when possible
  • Repair any exterior areas where water may have lowered the grade level next to your home and check your visible foundation for any new cracks ✪
  • Repair and fill any damage to the exterior of your home to prevent pests from entering ✪
  • Repair and paint any trim, fencing, facia that may be in need of service ✪
  • Put some lubrication on door hinges and garage door moving parts 
  • Apply spring fertilizers to the grass ✪ and get the patio furniture out of storage
  • Test the pressure relief valve on the hot water tank to ensure correct operation
  • Flush out your hot water tank to remove sediment
  • While you were at all this organizing, perhaps it is time to clean behind the fridge and the stove, and …

Regular Maintenance

These areas of your home should be checked as frequently as possible regardless of the season.

  • Ensure you have fire extinguishers charged and in proximity to the kitchen 
  • Regularly check stair handrails and all guardrails to ensure they are secure and can hold an adult’s bodyweight in a fall
  • Test your smoke detectors and replace batteries as needed
  • Test your ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI)’s on your breaker panel or at each outlet to ensure they trip correctly when the test button is pressed.
  • Ensure all your home’s air intakes and exhausts (e.g. dryer vents, furnace air intakes) are not blocked ✪
  • Check and clean the filters in your range hood and ensure the vents are not blocked
  • Replace your furnace filter every 6-8 weeks during heating season and during cooling season if you have central A/C or a heat pump
  • For hot water or steam heating systems, check your expansion tank to ensure it has not become water logged
  • During or after any prolonged rain period, check to ensure drains and weather seals are keeping or draining water as needed to protect your home ✪
  • Monitor caulking in kitchen and baths and maintain as needed

If you have any concerns about maintaining your home for spring, consider calling in your local home inspector to help you learn about your home and regular maintenance.

By James Bell - Owner/Operator of Solid State Inspections Inc.