There are some benefits to being at home more than usual right now such as time with family and the chance to tackle projects around the house. Well, spring is here and it’s a great time to take care of important spring maintenance to get your house ready for warm weather!
Winter can take a toll on your home and if certain things aren’t tended to you could be looking at costly repairs. Spring maintenance goes beyond deep cleaning and many homeowners aren’t exactly sure what that checklist entails. No worries! We have put together a list of seasonal maintenance chores just for you right here.
- Check the deck – Look for signs of water stains, discolorations and warping on wood decks. Check for rusty nails and rotting boards. Determine what you can do yourself and what you’ll need to hire out. Give it a good scrub down so you can see damage more clearly.
- Run the sprinklers – Turn the sprinklers on to make sure the system is working properly. Make sure there aren’t leaks or broken sprinkler heads. Often times they need adjusting so they are watering the grass and not the house or driveway.
- Open the windows – Let the fresh air in and while you’re at it clean the sills to get all the built up dirt and debris that accumulated over the winter. Check the screens and replace any that were damaged. Screen repair kits are also available to fix holes or small tears.
- Home Safety Checks – Each season is a great time to check batteries in smoke detectors, ensure that fire extinguishers are still intact and that exhaust fans are working. Making sure these items are in good working order is always a top priority. Every 3-4 months with season changes is a good time to do that.
- Furnace and HVAC – Your furnace worked hard this year and it’s time for a cleaning. Clean the filter and anything else you can easily do. Mark your calendar for a professional to come in once you’re comfortable with that. The air conditioning unit has had a nice break so make sure it’s ready to go. Remove debris around the unit and replace the filters. Plan to schedule a professional HVAC inspection and tune-up to keep it running efficiently.
- Seasonal cleaning – Dust or vacuum upholstery, chair rails, baseboards, window casings and ceiling fans. Clean and turn mattresses. Clean tile and look for missing grout or areas that need caulking. Caulk where needed to avoid water damage. This is a great time to touch up walls with paint where needed.
We hope these tips are helpful! Happy spring and here’s to clean, healthy homes.