While it seems like winter will never leave us here in Charlotte, it’s never too early to begin thinking about spring maintenance for your townhome. While this annual chore is typically not an exciting or fun task, it’s necessary to keep your home running smoothly and efficiently throughout the year. Making a plan now to tackle these items both inside and outside of your home will allow you to get them over and done with in a short amount of time.

Warm weather can bring a variety of pests from termites, ants to bees and roaches who are looking for water or relief from the heat. To eliminate these pests make sure that all of your doors and windows are sealed properly as well as along baseboards, around pipes and behind sinks. Double check any window or door screens to ensure they don’t have any holes or tears that may allow small pests to make their way inside as well. Also, inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks or holes that may need to be sealed or filled. Pay close attention to where any utility lines or other items may enter your house from outside. 

Plan to have your air conditioning unit serviced before you think you’ll use it for the first time. Be sure to change your filter at least every three months while the unit is being used. Not only will this limit dust and potential allergens in your home, but it will help your system running more efficiently which will save you money on your electricity bills.

Windows are an important item to inspect before warmer months. Ensure that they’re in good, working condition by checking that they work properly; they fit tightly and that the weather stripping hasn’t torn or cracked. Eliminating any places that air may leak into or out of your home will help to reduce your energy bills. 

Inspect the exterior of your home for any places that may need new glazing compound, caulking or painting. ALERT HOA if you need them to notify the management company.

While these tasks may not seem like top priority on your weekends, it’s important to remember that saving money and stress is the goal in the long run. For more information on interior and exterior home maintenance, visit www.nahb.org/forconsumers.