Living in the Maryland area means you have to prep your home for all four seasons. Not to mention, the unpredictable weather that occurs within each Maryland season. So, whether you live in Cape St. Claire or the surrounding areas, you can benefit from a home maintenance checklist.

Fall & Winter Home Maintenance

In the fall and winter, home maintenance is all about preparing for harsh weather. It’s important to make sure your household essentials are secure, and in working order, so you don’t run into any significant issues in the colder months. Specifically, you should reinforce the exteriors to withstand rain, snow, and wind. Also, don’t forget the interiors, where you’ll want everything to stay safe and warm. Before the low temperatures set in, go around and check off the following:

  • Drain and winterize your irrigation system
  • Shut off the water supply to exterior faucets to prevent freezing
  • Remove window AC units
  • Check and replace outdoor lightsHome maintenance checklist
  • Check for and repair any leaks
  • Repair steps and handrails
  • Replenish your emergency supply kit
  • Stock up on fuel and oil
  • Get your snow blower serviced
  • Use weather-stripping and door sweeps to fix drafty windows and doors
  • Check smoke detectors, radon detectors, and other safety devices
  • Clean gutters and downspouts
  • Clean dryer vents
  • Have your chimney cleaned
  • Fix any holes or gaps to keep out critters

Spring & Summer Home Maintenance

As winter turns into spring, it’s time for homeowners to clean up, freshen up and make any repairs. If the winter was particularly harsh, you will want to inspect the outside of your home for damage. For example, you can ask someone to come take a look at your roof or get your siding replaced. Additionally, you’ll want to give the yard some much-needed TLC.

As for the interior of the home, it’s the perfect time to let in some fresh air and make any home maintenance repairs and updates. Want to renovate your bathroom? Replace your kitchen cabinets? The spring and summer months are a great time to tackle these types of projects. Here are some spring and summer home maintenance items to check off:

  • Check for loose siding
  • Clean and repair the gutters and drainage systems
  • Inspect wooden porches for mildew
  • Clean the exterior, including the roof
  • Freshen up the exterior with a new coat of paint
  • Wash and replace windows and screens as needed
  • Replace air conditioner/HVAC filters and get them serviced if required
  • Clean grills, ceiling fans, bathroom vents and other odds and ends
  • Clear out any unnecessary items that accumulated inside the garage
  • Check the washer and dryer
  • Do a thorough spring cleaning
  • Refresh old or worn caulking
  • Inspect the crawl space, foundation, and basement
  • Take care of plants and trim trees and bushes

No matter what’s on your home maintenance agenda, stop by Cape Ace Hardware for all your supplies. We carry a large selection of paint, household items, hardware, tools, plumbing and electrical equipment, glass, screens and more.