Winter can be hard on a house, so now that the snow has melted and days are long, it’s time to inspect your home for damage, and then tackle repairs. After all, your house represents the largest single purchase you’ll likely ever make. To help you with this chore, we’ve compiled some fixes and seasonal maintenance musts.

1. Fix torn window and door screens. Use a screen patch kit to fix larger holes, or fingernail polish to fix small tears. You’ll also want to clean your house’s window screens. One way is to remove each screen, lay the screen on a flat surface, wash with soapy water, rinse, set in an upright position to air dry and then put back into place.

2. Repair a leaky toilet. The Halifax Country Service Authority points out that silent toilet leaks can account for up to 300 gallons per day of lost water, costing you more than $500 dollars a year. Check for silent leaks seasonally by adding 10 drops of food coloring to the toilet tank; color appearing in the toilet bowl after 10 minutes indicates a leak. One common cause is a warped rubber flapper. To replace an old one, first shut off the water supply valve under the toilet, flush the toilet to drain water, unhook the old flapper and replace with a new flapper by following the package’s installation instructions, advises The Family Handy Man, which also provides tips for fixing other types of toilet leaks.

3. Fix doors. As part of summertime home maintenance, take time to inspect doors and windows, then address any issues. To silence a squeaky door, spray the hinges with a silicone spray lubricant - or remove one hinge pin at a time, rub with petroleum jelly, reinsert and wipe away excess, advises the City of Phoenix. Replace any worn weather-stripping around doors; you can get detailed instructions from the Department of Energy. If a door is too warped for weather-stripping to seal air leaks, you will want to replace it.

4. Clean stains from your driveway and garage floor. A simple way to clean a small stain, according to the City of Phoenix, is to sprinkle a thick layer of cornstarch or baking soda on the stain, let stand for 12 to 24 hours, scrub with soapy water and rinse with a hose. To clean a large area, use a power washer, and mind these safety tips.

5. Reseal the deck. If your outdoor deck is peeling or no longer repels water, you’ll need to reseal it to protect the deck, as well as your house’s walls and foundation, from moisture buildup. Lisa Turner, author of House Keys: The Essential Homeowner's Guide to Saving Money, Time, and Your Sanity Building, Buying, Selling, and Maintaining a Home, offers these tips: First clean the deck with a power washer, then allow the deck to dry completely. Next, apply stain or waterproofing, being sure to wear proper personal protective gear as recommended by the manufacturer. Also, take some time to inspect your deck for safety issues with these steps.

6. Fix a loose gutter. Gutters can come loose under the weight of ice, snow and rain, which can result in water running down the side of the house and damaging the siding, walls and foundation. Popular Mechanics suggests homeowners purchase gutter hangars meant to fit their gutter type, then snap them into the lip along the gutter’s front with the clip side on the back, and drive the attached screw through the hanger, gutter and into the fascia and rafter. Be sure to clean the gutters as part of your seasonal maintenance, too.

While you’re thinking about the roof, you’ll also want to inspect the roof for damage, and the easiest way is to stay on the ground and use binoculars. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends looking for buckling, curling or blistering shingles; damage around chimneys, pipes and other penetrations; and shingle granules in gutters, which can suggest damage. If you notice any of these signs, contact a licensed roofing contractor.

7. Replace or clean your HVAC filter. The EPA recommends that every month, homeowners inspect and change the HVAC system’s filter, or clean it if it’s the reusable kind. In addition, if you haven’t already, be sure to schedule a professional HVAC contractor to service your system for summer, which involves a multi-step process, including maintenance on the condenser. This seasonal servicing will help keep your system running efficiently and help to head off costly repairs – and it’s something best left to a professional.

Although it can be tempting to put off seasonal chores, keeping up on home repair and maintenance will extend the life of appliances, help avoid big repair bills and help keep your family safe, so be sure to tackle your house-related to-dos without delay.