Spring Home Maintenance

Whether you're putting your home on the market or just want to maintain it, these Spring Home Maintenance tips will help keep your home in good shape.


We all look forward to Spring. Our winters here in Southeastern NC are rarely harsh for more than a few days, but Spring is still a welcomed event. As a Builder and Realtor I recommend all homeowners take the last few weeks of cold weather to make plans for home maintenance. There are a few things that will pay off in the short term and others that will continue to pay off for years to come.

I always suggest using the change to Daylight Savings Time in the Spring as an action date. The time reminder of “Spring Ahead” to reset the clock also reminds me to “Get Ahead”…of the maintenance. Here are a few things to think about doing at this time of year:

  • Check your heating and cooling system. This is best done as the weather warms and the air conditioning can be properly tested. This is good because the technician can test both heating and cooling in the same service call and once they have, you should be good for the year.
  • Be sure to change HVAC filters each month. I recommend the “cheap” filters and changing them EVERY month. It is better for your system.
  • Check the caulk around windows and doors. A good caulk can last for years, but not forever.
  • Periodic painting of trim around windows and doors can help prevent water intrusion in these areas. Sometimes the rest of the exterior can wait a year or two to be painted.
  • Is it time to paint? Look closely, you’ll know.
  • Check and clean gutters and downspouts. Remember, some trees in this area do not lose their leaves until Spring, so don’t do this too early. Also, a gutter “screen” can be a great investment and after cleaning is a perfect time to add it.
  • Now is a good time to check the foundation for new cracks and settling. If you see problems call a Licensed General Contractor for an evaluation.
  • Check wood on porches, porch railings, handrails, decks, and fences. Consider replacement if there are signs of warping or deterioration.
  • Check the irrigation system. It’s best to know it works well before you need it to save your plants.
  • Think about summer weed control in your lawn. You can apply most pre-emergent herbicides once the Forsythia blooms. If you use a “weed and feed” fertilizer let the grass green-up first.


If you are planning to sell:

  • Pressure wash after the pollen subsides
  • Replenish mulch in plant beds
  • Call a Realtor to help you evaluate your options.
Rodney Harris

About the Author

Rodney Q. Harris, Broker/Realtor®

910-443-3444   rharris@intracoastalrealty.com   www.RodneyHarris.com

Rodney Harris is a Licensed General Contractor and a Realtor with the Valentine-Wallace Group at Intracoastal Realty. He has built and sold hundreds of homes in the Cape Fear Region. Rodney has served as President of the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association and over a decade on their Board of Directors. He has also served two terms on the New Hanover County Planning Board, four years as Chairman. Rodney found his way to Wilmington while in the golf business first working for Pine Valley Country Club as Superintendent and then at Landfall Country Club as Director of Golf Maintenance.