Preparing Your Home for Spring: A Checklist

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As the cold winter months gradually give way to the warmth of spring, it’s the perfect time for
homeowners to prepare their homes for the change in season. Proper maintenance not only
enhances the curb appeal and functionality of your home, it can also help prevent costly repairs
down the line.

Below is a comprehensive checklist to ensure your home is ready for the spring season:


Maintaining your roof is crucial to protecting your home from water damage and ensuring its
structural integrity. Addressing any issues promptly will help prolong the lifespan of your roof
and prevent costly repairs down the line.

  • Inspect the roof for any signs of damage, such as missing or loose shingles, cracks, or leaks.
  • Clear debris, leaves, and branches from the roof surface and gutters to prevent clogging and water damage.
  • Check for any signs of pest infestation or nests in the attic or under the eaves.
  • Trim overhanging tree branches that could potentially damage the roof during spring storms or high winds.
  • Schedule a professional roof inspection if you’re unsure about the condition of your roof.


Ensuring your home has clean and functional gutters is essential for protecting your home’s
foundation, landscaping, and exterior surfaces from water damage. Regular gutter maintenance
will help prevent costly repairs and maximize the lifespan of your gutter system.

  • Clean out gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage and prevent water damage to the foundation.
  • Check for any sagging or loose gutters and repair or replace as needed.
  • Install gutter guards to prevent debris buildup and make future maintenance easier.
  • Ensure downspouts are directed away from the foundation and extend at least 3-4 feet from the house to prevent water pooling around the foundation.
  • Schedule a professional gutter inspection and cleaning if you cannot safely perform the task yourself.


Taking proactive measures to maintain a dry and well-ventilated basement will help prevent
water damage, mold growth, and structural issues, ensuring a safe and comfortable living
environment for you and your family.

  • Check for any signs of water seepage or moisture in the basement and address any issues promptly to prevent mold growth.
  • Inspect the sump pump and ensure it’s in good working condition.
  • Seal any cracks or gaps in the foundation to prevent water infiltration.
  • Check basement windows for proper sealing and insulation, and repair or replace any damaged weatherstripping.
  • Store items in the basement off the floor on shelves or pallets to protect them from potential water damage in case of flooding.
  • Consider water detection systems in your basement and throughout your home.


Maintaining your home’s windows not only enhances the appearance of your home but also
improves energy efficiency and security.

  • Clean windows inside and out to allow maximum sunlight into your home.
  • Inspect window screens for damage and repair or replace them as necessary.
  • Check for drafts around windows and doors and seal with weatherstripping or caulking to improve energy efficiency.
  • Inspect window frames and sills for signs of rot or deterioration and repair or replace them as needed to prevent water infiltration.
  • Trim back any overgrown vegetation or tree branches that obstruct windows or could potentially cause damage during storms.
  • Consider upgrading to energy-efficient windows to improve insulation and reduce heating and cooling costs.


Ensuring your doors are in good condition will not only elevate the aesthetics of your home but
also improve security and energy efficiency.

  • Inspect exterior doors for signs of wear and tear, including cracks, gaps, or warping.
  • Check door seals and weatherstripping for damage and replace them if necessary to improve energy efficiency.
  • Test the functionality of sliding glass and screen doors, repairing or replacing rollers or screens as needed.
  • Consider installing a storm door for added protection against the elements and increased energy efficiency.
  • Inspect garage doors for proper alignment and functionality, lubricate hinges and tracks, and test automatic openers for smooth operation. If necessary, schedule maintenance or repairs with a professional garage door technician.

Air Conditioning

Taking proactive steps to maintain your air conditioning system will help ensure it operates
efficiently and effectively throughout the spring and summer months, keeping your home cool
and comfortable while also reducing energy costs. Regular maintenance and professional
inspections will help identify any potential issues early, preventing costly repairs and extending
the lifespan of your HVAC equipment.

  • Clean or replace air filters to ensure efficient airflow and improve indoor air quality.
  • Inspect the outdoor unit for debris buildup and clear away any obstructions such as leaves, branches, or debris.
  • Schedule a professional inspection and maintenance service for your air conditioning system to ensure it’s in optimal working condition for the warmer months ahead.
  • Consider installing a programmable thermostat to optimize energy usage and save on cooling costs.
  • Check and clean air vents and registers to remove dust and debris, ensuring proper air circulation throughout your home.
  • Consider installing ceiling fans or using portable fans to supplement your air conditioning system and improve air circulation in your home.
  • Insulate air ducts in unconditioned spaces such as attics or crawl spaces to prevent energy loss and ensure consistent cooling throughout your home.

Yard and Landscaping

By investing time and effort into your yard and landscaping, you can create an inviting outdoor
space that enhances the beauty and functionality of your home. Regular maintenance and
professional landscaping services will ensure your yard remains healthy and vibrant throughout
the spring season and beyond.

  • Clean up debris, fallen branches, and dead vegetation from the yard.
  • Prune trees and shrubs to encourage healthy growth and remove any potential hazards.
  • Inspect outdoor lighting fixtures and replace any burnt-out bulbs or damaged fixtures.
  • Check irrigation systems for leaks or clogs and adjust sprinkler heads for optimal coverage.
  • Repair or replace damaged fencing and gates to maintain privacy and security.
  • Implement water-saving measures such as installing rain barrels or drought-tolerant landscaping to conserve water and reduce utility costs.
  • Consult a professional landscaper or arborist for tree care and maintenance, including pruning, fertilizing, and disease prevention.

Additional Considerations

  • Pest control: Take preventative measures against pests such as ants, termites, and rodents by sealing entry points and scheduling pest control treatments if necessary.
  • Safety Checks: Test smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers to ensure they’re in good working condition.
  • Insurance Review: Review your homeowners insurance policy to ensure you have adequate coverage for potential spring-related risks such as storm damage or flooding, as well as coverage for anyone who may be working on your property. Reach out to a coverage expert at BakerHopp to ensure you have the right level of protection for your home.

By following this comprehensive checklist, you can ensure that your home is well-prepared for
the spring season, saving you time, money, and stress in the long run. Remember, regular
maintenance is key to protecting your investment and enjoying a comfortable living environment

If you’d like to ensure you’re adequately covered, reach out to us. One of our coverage experts
can walk you through your homeowners policy to ensure you’re protected from spring-related

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