Warmer temperatures are around the corner and it’s a good time to check your property for any winter weather damage and plan repairs for the months ahead.
Here’s Sanford Property Management’s list of 10 things to prep your property for spring:
1 – Visually inspect all gutters and downspouts
It’s important to check all your gutters and downspouts to make sure there aren’t any blockages and/or debris stuck inside. Blockages can lead to water damage to the roof, interior of the building, foundation or landscaping. Gutters are likely clogged if water isn’t flowing through downspouts properly.
2 – Visually inspect your roof for signs of damage from the winter months
Staying on top of roof repairs before they get worse will save you money in the long run. Some problem signs to look for are water stains on ceilings or exterior walls, increasing amount of shingle granules coming out of downspouts when it rains, shingles with turned up edges and missing shingles. If you notice damages, contact your property manager or your local roofing company to come and repair.
3 – Visually inspect all siding and exterior painting
Your property’s first line of defense from the elements is its exterior paint or siding. If there’s a breach, moisture can get into your drywall and insulation. If you notice damaged siding or painting, make sure you complete the repairs yourself or hire an experienced repairperson.
4 – Make sure all walkways are free and clear from debris
Walk around your property and make sure there are no tripping hazards left over from winter conditions. Don’t forget to check any stair handrails to make sure they are securely in place.
5 – Clean all exterior siding and windows
Siding and windows require routine cleaning to look their best and keep them in good condition. Regular window cleaning will prevent dust and grime buildup on windows which can cause etching and scratches. Professional window cleaners can get to your higher windows safely and won’t leave streaks behind.
6 – Re-stain and seal all wood patio decks
To get the longest life out of your deck, it needs yearly maintenance. You’ll want to start by cleaning your deck to prevent algae and mildew growth. Once it’s clean, you’ll be able to see if any repairs are needed and if your deck needs re-staining.
7 – Trim back all overgrowth that may be touching the roof or siding of your property
Branches and bushes growing too close to the side of the building and/or roof need to be trimmed. On a windy day, those leaves and branches can scrape the siding or roof shingles wearing down the paint or stain.
8 – Re-connect your garden hose and turn on the water to the outlet
Now that temperatures are rising and freezing pipes are no longer a concern, it’s time to reconnect your garden hose.
9 – Prepare your garden beds
Prep for spring planting by turning the soil and topping up where needed.
10 – Prepare your lawn
Our extreme winter has probably made a mess of your lawn – or what’s left of it. Aerating, fertilizing and seeding will ensure you have lush green grass over the coming months.
Paying attention to these property management tasks each spring will help preserve the life of your building, and allow you to relax and enjoy the summer!