7 Things People Forget During Spring Cleaning


Often homeowners believe springtime is all about the cleaning. Sure, spring cleaning is a big part of any spring home maintenance schedule, but maintenance on the exterior of your home is equally important. Everyone loves clean, spotless windows for that first sunny day, but you can’t forget your roof and the possibility that ice dams formed over the winter. That first spring-like day should provide an excuse to go for a hike or a picnic, but it should also be a reminder that your exterior home maintenance is waiting as well. Follow this spring maintenance checklist to take care of your home that has kept you warm and comfortable all winter long.

  • Gutters and downspouts: Clean any debris out of this system. Reattach downspouts or gutters that have pulled away from the home. Check for any holes or leaks and use caulking or epoxy to seal the leak.
  • Siding: Clean the siding with a pressure washer or high-pressure hose. Check all wood trim and siding for weathering and paint failure. If the wood is showing through, lightly sand the area and apply a primer coat before painting. If the paint is peeling, scrape away any loose paint and sand smooth before painting.
  • Exterior caulking, window sills, door sills, and thresholds: Inspect around windows, doors, and trim. Scrape out any deteriorating or eroding caulk and recaulk.
  • Window screens and doors: Clean screens and check for holes. If holes are bigger than a quarter, patch, or rescreen. Tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.
  • Roof: Inspect roof surface flashing, eaves, and soffits. If you don't have a ladder, try using some binoculars.
  • Decks and porches: Check all exterior decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings. Look for loose balusters and deterioration. Wood decks and wood fences need to be treated every 4-6 years, In Colorado, they get a lot of exposure to sun and moisture which causes more damage.
  • Landscape: Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes from the walls of your home. This is also a good time to do a spring lawn feeding. If you have rocks or mulch you can also treat it for weeds.