To-Dos: Your May Home Checklist

Green grass and budding leaves are a definite sign that winter has come and gone. It’s the month to get your hands dirty and your garden ready for planting. Here are some other items to check off your spring to-do list to make your home ready for the glorious days of summer ahead:

Yard Tool Maintenance Lawnmowers, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers and other tools should be oiled, cleaned or sent out for repair this month.

Inspect your Roof Lifted, curling or missing shingles are signs that your roof is due for some maintenance.
Ensure Proper Drainage Spring time is our rainy season, so make sure your eaves are free of debris, are in good repair and that water runoff is directed away from your home’s foundation. Check them while it is raining to see if there are leaks or obstructions.
Inspect Exterior Take a walk around your home and check its exterior for cracks and other signs of moisture penetration. Also look at the driveway, patio and walkways for signs of heaving and cracking.
Landscape Give your lawn a vigorous raking to remove thatch. Clean up the garden and turn the soil to ready it for spring planting later this month.
Clear Paths Check your driveways and walkways and other concrete areas around your home. If your driveway wasn’t sealed last year, have it done this year.
Paint Longer days and generally milder weather makes May a good month to schedule house painting. If your home has a wood-shingled exterior, replace any damaged shingles and have a fresh coat of stain applied if needed.
Check Exterior Lighting Make sure all outdoor lights are in working order, including porch lights, landscape lighting, and motion-sensing security lights. Replace bulbs or schedule repairs as needed.
Prepare for Grilling Season Giving your grill a deep cleaning before the start of the season will help it work more efficiently and prevent flare-ups. Clean the grates and interior with a grill brush and wash the exterior with warm, soapy water. If you have a gas grill, be sure to check the fuel line for cracks, and clean out any clogged burner holes.
Check Safety Devices Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; replace batteries as needed. Check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher and replace it if necessary.

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