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Springtime Home Maintenance Checklist: Keep Your Property in Tip-Top Shape

Springtime Home Maintenance Checklist: Keep Your  Property in Tip-Top Shape

Warm weather has arrived in Rhode Island, and with it comes the perfect opportunity to undo wintertime decay and restore your curb appeal. As we often say, a little maintenance goes a long way, helping to keep your home sound and beautiful while minimizing damage at the same time.

Not sure where to start? Keep this quick springtime maintenance checklist in mind. And, as always, reach out to us at Dennis Moffitt Painting if you have any other questions.

1. Inspect your roof

Winter weather can take a toll on your roof, causing shingles to crack, curl, or break free completely. Look closely for any loose or missing shingles, and check your gutter for granules too. You can also ask a local roofing company to perform a professional inspection. Just like cleaning your furnace, changing your car’s oil, or servicing your HVAC system, routine roof inspections can offer a lot of protection and peace of mind.

2. Clean your gutters

Nope, it’s not just a fall project! Gutter cleaning in the springtime is a smart way to protect your home from seasonal rain, helping to prevent wood rot and moisture intrusion. In fact, clogged and broken gutters can cause a whole host of issues. Learn more here, and be sure to let us know if you need help with gutter repair or replacement, or with associated wood repairs.

3. Inspect your siding and exterior paint

Check your home's siding for any cracks, chips, fading, peeling, and wood rot. It pays to catch these issues early. Going further, we recommend maintenance painting: rather than wait until you need a full repaint, invest in seasonal touch-ups and repairs to keep your home looking its best year round.

4. Check your caulking

Caulking plays a vital role in maintaining the structural integrity, energy efficiency, and overall appearance of your home. It acts as a sealant, filling gaps and cracks around windows, doors, plumbing fixtures, and other areas to keep your home protected from the elements. As the seasons change, especially during the transition to summer, it's essential to check the caulking around your home to make sure it's in good condition (flexible, not brittle).

The benefits include moisture prevention, deterring pests, clean aesthetic, and protection against wood rot. Pretty amazing what a difference it makes!

5. Maintain your yard and landscaping

Springtime is perfect for getting your yard in shape. Rake up any remaining leaves, remove dead plants, prune trees and bushes... Proper landscaping not only increases curb appeal, but it also can reduce the risk of pest intrusion and wood rot. Many homeowners don’t realize how much damage can be done over time by letting bushes and shrubs get overgrown, brushing up against your siding.


Q: What are some signs that my home's exterior needs repainting?

A: Keep an eye out for peeling, chipping, or cracking paint, as well as fading or discoloration. Other indicators include exposed wood, visible caulking issues, or mold and mildew growth. If you notice any of these signs, it might be time to consider repainting your home's exterior.

Q: What is the best time of year to paint my home's exterior?

A: The ideal time is during the spring or fall when temperatures are moderate and humidity is relatively low. These conditions allow for better paint adhesion and drying, ensuring a smooth, long-lasting finish. Summertime painting is totally possible too with the right guidance from a professional painting team.

Q: Can I paint my home's exterior myself, or should I hire a professional?

A: While some homeowners may choose to tackle exterior painting as a DIY project, it's often best to hire a professional painter. Professionals have the necessary experience, tools, and knowledge to complete the job efficiently and safely. They can also help you choose the best paint type and color for your home, ensuring an optimal result.

Q: How can I protect my home's exterior paint from harsh weather conditions?

A: Consider using high-quality paint with added UV protection and water resistance. Regularly inspect your home's exterior for signs of wear or damage too, and address any issues promptly. As we mentioned above, proper caulking and sealing around windows, doors, and other openings can also help protect your paint job from moisture damage.

Q: How do I choose the right type of paint for my home's exterior?

A: There are several factors to consider: siding material, local climate, and desired finish. It's essential to use a paint specifically formulated for exterior use, as it will have the added durability and weather resistance you need. Consult with a professional painter or local paint store to help you make the best choice for your specific needs.

Have more questions?

Contact us at Dennis Moffitt Painting! We’re here to help, offering the insight, guidance, and services you need.