Owning a home is a major investment, making proper home maintenance is so important. Waterfront homes require seasonal maintenance. Whether your house is a lakefront or oceanfront property, there is a kind of homeowner checklist you should follow for each season. Taking the last bit of winter to catch up on some waterfront home maintenance is essential if you are dreaming of spring near the water’s edge.

It is important to maintain the inside of your waterfront property. Besides the routine care and keeping of your house, there are some seasonal tasks to accomplish inside. Deep cleaning your entryways as winter comes to a close ahead of spring is a key chore to do. This is the time to clear away the clutter of winter, from coats and boots to mittens and hats and anything else that has collected over the last few months. It makes it easier to clean up any dirt and road salt/sand, not to mention puddling snowmelt, and mop the floor. It is also a good time to check your door for drafts; you might need to add weatherstripping or possibly replace the door with one that is more energy-efficient.

Another maintenance task to complete now is to clean and inspect your windows, inside and outside. While you might wait until a warming trend to tackle the windows on the outside, you can address the inside of your windows while staying warm and cozy. One benefit of checking on your windows is that removing the grime of winter days by the water will brighten your space, making spring seem that much closer. And if you happen to discover drafts around your windows, you can reseal them or replace them, too.

Take time now to inspect your attic as well. Winter brings wind and frost to waterfront homes, and there are often signs in the attic of roof leaks, mold build-up, inadequate insulation, and/or a lack of appropriate ventilation. Whether it requires a visit to your local DIY store or a call to professionals, you will want to remedy any and all of these issues now, so you are ready to enjoy the warmth of spring as soon as it arrives.

You should also take care to maintain the outside of your waterfront home. Checking your gutters and downspouts to make sure they are not clogged or backed-up with debris and ice is a good start. When you check for clogs, you should also investigate whether the weight of any ice has caused your gutters to detach from your house. The gutters will need to be secured immediately to avoid them falling completely and causing further damage to the home or injury to anyone.

If you have not added these things to your seasonal maintenance checklist for your waterfront home, now is the time to do it. Maintenance now will help you enjoy a carefree spring tomorrow!

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Written by: Erika Mehlhaff