Ah, spring… when a homeowner’s fancy turns to thoughts of cleaning, mulch, rain, and air conditioning. And that’s a good thing! Your home and property will need a bit of TLC before you can really put winter behind you and properly welcome spring. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with this list of the major jobs you need to tackle before spring arrives.

Head up top. It’s a good idea to give your roof a once-over, especially if you’ve had a hard winter with lots of strong weather events. Check for loose or broken shingles, flashing that’s pulled away from around vents and other protrusions, and blocked gutters.

Clean up. Your home’s siding and any concrete areas in your yard will look brighter and fresher after a good power wash. This will also give you a chance to see if any paint on your home is wearing away and needs touching up.

Scrub down.  Tools and outdoor equipment should be cleaned and oiled. Use steel wool to remove rust.

Mind the gaps. Time to put up new weather-stripping if the old material is worn. Fill cracks in your concrete, and examine your external wooden trim for holes and cracks as well (this could be a sign of insect damage).

Water, water, everywhere? Check outdoor faucets and inspect hoses for rot or damage. If you have a sprinkler system, test it now.

Check the canopy. Do you have any trees that sustained heavy damage over the winter? Are branches getting a little too close to power lines, or your roof? Prune them back, or for higher trees or greater issues, hire a tree service.

Prepare for outdoor living. Inspect your outdoor furniture for rust, tears, sun fading, and other damage. Wash cushions or purchase new ones now before you really need them.