Spring is in full effect and so is the aftermath of winter on your home—inside and out. Here are some great spring maintenance tips to prep your property for the warm months!
1. Check rain gutters. Repair (or replace) leaky and loose units to ensure proper drainage. Clear gutters of any blockages of foliage
2. Examine shingles on the roof and replace any that have fallen off or are damaged from winter rains and snow
3. Have your chimney cleaned and inspected for structural integrity
4. Service and clean your heating and cooling units. If you haven’t already done an annual check up, now would be a good time to do so to prep for the summer heat.
5. Replace air conditioning filters throughout your home
6. Level out the soil around your yard. Areas where water pools can eventually seep into your home and cause water damage in the process. In the summer, these pools can attract mosquitoes
7. Give your garage and/or workshop a good spring-cleaning. Toss old, rusty blades, organize loose nails and screws in bins, and clear the area of clutter
8. Replace your lawnmower blades, replace batteries or top off gas, and ensure garden shears are in working order so you’re ready for the spring/summer yard work
9. Pressure wash your windows to spruce up the outside of your home
10. Prepare your pool for the warm weather! Check on the filtration system to make sure it’s working properly, clean out baskets, and remove any plugs.
11. Have a professional test your pool water to ensure it’s safe for use.
12. Top off the pool if the water level has been reduced during the winter.
13. Install ceiling fans if you’re in a moderate climate for low-cost cooling in the spring and summer
14. Invest now to save later on your energy bill. Get a programmable thermostat that can help cool your home in a more efficient, automatic fashion.
15. Drain and clean swamp coolers
16. Redo weather-stripping around doors to keep cool air from escaping
17. Use caulk to fill gaps around a door or windows
18. Touch up seal around windows
19. Have your outdoor deck checked for structural integrity, especially after
20. Rent a pressure washer to clean up the exterior of your home
21. Shampoo your carpets clean
22. Patch up surface cracks or chips in your driveway or walkway concrete
23. Consider budgeting for your driveway asphalt to be resealed after about 2-5 years
24. Take note of any musty smells or stained walls to ensure your basement does not have any leaks or has been damaged by flooding. If so, address it immediately and call in the pros
25. Reseal your outdoor deck
26. Place a “draft stopper” in your chimney’s flue to maximize energy savings in the summer
27. Fill patches in your lawn by laying new sod
28. Enhance your curb appeal by clearing your flower bed of weeds and planting new buds
29. Reset your sprinkler system to adjust to the warmer, drier season
30. Clear your dryer’s vent to ensure effectiveness and eliminate fire hazards
31. For a quick, low-cost exterior spruce up slap on a new coat of paint onto smaller units like window shutters
32. Clean or replace your welcome mat at the front door
33. Dust light fixtures and replace old bulbs with energy-saving bulbs
34. Wash down doors and knobs
35. Shine faucets
36. Reseal grout in bathrooms
37. Whether you can hit the “self clean” button or must do so manually, clean all kitchen appliances thoroughly
38. Repair or replace missing or broken window coverings/blinds
39. Re-coat and polish wood floors to give them a nice shine
40. Wipe down and polish staircase railings
41. Wash thresholds of all exterior entries
42. Dust and clean ceiling fan blades
43. Dress your front door with a fresh coat of paint
44. De-clutter your home and rid storage rooms of unnecessary boxes
45. Paint visible, interior walls, especially ones that your children or pets have messed
46. Use the proper cleaning solutions on bathroom and kitchen tile to get them sparkling
47. Remove stains from countertops
48. Vacuum refrigerator coils underneath
49. Check and replace batteries in smoke detectors
50. Clear dry brush from the grounds against and surrounding your home to limit fire hazards in the warm months
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