Get your mountain home “summer-ready” with these useful tips and tricks.
Even though there is still plenty of snow on the ground, it’s time to start getting ready for your annual maintenance items. We are expecting high demand for vendor services such as roofing and painting contractors that were booked out very early last season and may have a shorter season with more repairs due to all the snow this year. If you have any issues that need immediate attention or your home is due for ongoing maintenance, we recommend getting your estimates and booking the work ASAP!
To help you get organized, please review our list of spring maintenance recommendations:
Defensible Space: This is our #1 priority this year! Fire safety will have an increased focus this year after the devastating fires last fall throughout the state. Click here for our detailed information.
Open Foundation Vents: Make sure to open all your vents, it may be damp or wet right now from snow melt.
Winterize Your Snowblower: Add fuel stabilizer to avoid clogging the carburetor. Assuming your blower saw more use this winter, consider getting it tuned up now instead of waiting until fall.
Ant Spraying: This is typically needed annually; Spring is the time of year for carpenter ants and the best time to spray (once the snow melts). It is also a good time to refresh your mice bait and traps.
Declutter, donate or sell: Spring is a great time to free yourself of those items you’ve outgrown, you don’t use and are just taking up space. We’ve even created a community yard sale on Saturday, May 25th to help you! Click Here for more details.
Bait and Set Your Wasp Traps: If you can catch the queens before they nest to lay eggs, you will greatly reduce the numbers to annoy you later in the summer!
Driveway Sealing: We typically recommend a crack fill and driveway sealing every 1-2 years.
Window Washing/Damaged Screens: Inspect your screens for any damage/tears. Always a tough one to schedule with spring storms, pollen, etc, but ultimately, they always look better!
Exterior Staining/Siding Maintenance: Inspect your siding for any damage (cracks or gaps). Most homes need to be stained or painted every 1-3 years depending on age, type of siding and sun exposure. Horizontal surfaces (decks and railings) typically are done annually.
Roof Repairs: If accessible, inspect your attic for signs of any leaks. If you have a composition roof, it is common for shingles to pull out from ice dams, especially at the eaves. Metal roofs often need a “tune-up” as the screws back out and metal bends.
Furnace Tune Up: HVAC contractors are not as busy in the spring/summer, so now so now is a good time to get a tune up.
Chimney Sweep: A chimney sweep should be done after burning 1-2 cords of wood. Also, consider purchasing your firewood or energy logs in the summer to save and make sure it is properly seasoned.
Install fresh batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: We recommend 10 year lithium batteries. Be sure to dust around the unit too when you replace the battery.
Inspect bathroom and kitchen caulk: Cracks and gaps can let moisture get to places it shouldn’t be. Also consider when the last time you had your tile and granite slab sealed.
Vacuum Refrigerator Coils: Dusty condenser coils cause a refrigerator to work harder; which translates into bigger energy bills and a shorter life expectancy for the fridge. Use a vacuum or broom to remove dust build up from the coils. depending on the model that you own, the coils will either be located behind the refrigerator or underneath the refrigerator.
Schedule an Air Conditioning Inspection: This will apply to very few of you!
Check Fire Extinguishers: Confirm the needle is in the green zone and the extinguisher is visible, unobstructed, and in its designated location. Verify the locking pin is intact and the tamper seal is unbroken. Examine the extinguisher for obvious physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or clogged nozzle.
Clean and Inspect your Dryer Vent: The exterior vent could be damaged or crushed from snow. Not all lint gets caught in the lint trap; some makes its way into the dryer vent. A clean vent will save you money by reducing the time your dryer has to run, while a plugged vent not only wastes money but could cause a house fire.
Check the washing machine water lines: A leaky hose under pressure can cause major damage in a short period of time, so you want to look for cracks that could become leaks. Upgrade to braided lines.