Knock out your springtime home maintenance before it gets too hot!

March 17, 2020

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Spring officially starts on Thursday and now is the perfect time in Northeast Florida to take assessment and make sure your home is ready for the hotter months. Once daily temperatures hit the 90s and above, and hurricane season starts (June 1), you will want to have it all done.


This might not seem like much fun but waiting can ensure your current small issues will turn into big (expensive) problems later. Here is a simple checklist to make sure your home’s exterior is warm-weather-ready from top to bottom.


Start from the top

  • Roof – Inspect your roof for missing, loose or damaged shingles and leaks as well as chimney damage. You can either climb onto the roof yourself or stand across the street with a pair of binoculars and inspect each shingle. You may get funny looks doing the latter, but it’s much safer! If you see any issues, call a roofer to fix them right away.
  • Gutters – Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. Make sure downspouts face away from the house and don’t collect rainwater at the bottom, which attracts mosquitos.


Check the exterior

  • Siding – Walk your home’s perimeter looking for cracks or damaged siding or broken eaves. Also, schedule a weekend to pressure wash your home’s exterior, which can make it look like new!
  • Windows & Doors – Look for cracked windows or ripped screens. Repair any cracked or missing caulking and weather stripping around windows and doors.
  • Faucets – Check outdoor faucets and hoses and plan to fix any dry rot.
  • Bugs – Termites become active this time of year, so look for swarms of winged insects congregating around any holes. Other insects may also make their way into your home through holes or broken caulking. It’s a good time to call a licensed pest control company.


Appliance maintenance

  • AC Unit – Your air conditioning unit may look just fine from the outside, but you can’t tell what’s happening on the inside. Call a professional to come out and service your outside unit. Clean coils operate more efficiently and save you money in the long run.
  • Water Heater – Drain or flush your water heater. To flush the tank, just turn on the cold water spigot leading into your hot water tank. Let it run for a few minutes until the water exiting your hose runs clear. This is especially important if you don’t have a water softener as minerals collect in the tank.


Finish at the ground level

  • Sprinklers – Check your sprinkler and irrigation systems to make sure none of the heads are broken or damaged. Adjust heads that are spraying the street or driveway to avoid wasting water.
  • Deck – Check your wood deck, fencing, trellises and other wooden outdoor structures for damage. Plan to re-stain or reseal them every year or two.
  • Concrete – Look for cracks in the driveway, walkways or your concrete porch. If minor, you can fill cracks with concrete filler or silicone caulk.
  • Lawn – Fertilize your grass for a nice, beautiful lawn.


Thinking about buying or selling this spring? I would love to help you! Contact me at 904.501.1830 or

About Mirtha Barzaga
For more than a decade, Mirtha Barzaga has consistently stood as a fixture in Northeast Florida real estate. She is recognized as a top contributing agent for Davidson Realty, Inc., specializing in homes throughout Jacksonville, St. Augustine and World Golf Village. She has earned recognition as Davidson’s Top Sales Agent of the Year, Top Producing Agent of the Year, and Top Listing Agent of the Year. Mirtha is a trusted guide for clients throughout the buying and selling process, boasting designations as a Certified Negotiation Expert, Certified Distressed Property Expert and Nocatee Certified Agent. As a bilingual Realtor, Mirtha is pleased to assist Davidson’s Spanish-speaking clients. Learn more about Mirtha and see her listings by visiting her agent page or check out Mirtha’s website

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