As we hopefully begin to wrap up what can definitely be called a long, difficult winter, most of the country is more than ready for warmer weather to arrive. As the snow and ice begin to melt away, it’s time to think about getting your home ready for spring.
Below is a simple checklist to ensure that your indoor and outdoor areas are in top-notch shape for the changing of the seasons:
Clean or replace your furnace filter. A dirty filter can lower the efficiency of your home’s HVAC system. If the filter is reusable, remove it, wash down with a hose and then re-insert. Otherwise, you’ll want to replace it with a new one.
Test your air conditioning system. If you wait until the first hot day of the season day to check it and have a problem, you’ll probably be waiting quite a while to have it serviced!
Check caulking around all doors and windows. Improper caulking allows for moisture to get inside your walls and cause mold. This is also the perfect time to wash/clean all windows and replace torn or damaged screens as necessary.
Check/replace fire extinguishers. Make sure each unit meets current safety standards and check the gauges to ensure they are charged and ready for use.
Clean ceiling fans. Whether you utilize overhead fans year-round or only during the warmer months, wipe down blades with an all-purpose cleaner. In addition to a providing a calming breeze, ceiling fans increase the overall airflow throughout your home.
Dust and check wattage of light bulbs. While cleaning each bulb, check for correct wattage. A fire can result within a light fixture, wall or ceiling if the wattage used in a fixture is too high.
Clean and store humidifiers. Unless you reside in a very dry climate, you probably won’t need them until Fall or Winter.
Deep cleaning carpets is a spring-cleaning must. Consider purchasing a steam cleaner for your home – not only will it come in handy during twice-yearly major cleaning sessions, but it will also prove to be a lifesaver if you have pets or children in the home.
Clean out your refrigerator and freezer. If you have a coil-back refrigerator, vacuum the coils at least twice each year for maximum efficiency. Wipe down interior and exterior surfaces, and place new boxes of baking soda in each to maintain overall freshness.
Spring is the optimal time to perform both indoor and outdoor pest control. Even if you aren’t currently experiencing a pest problem, it’s best to undergo preventative treatment rather than wait until warmer temperatures potentially create an issue.
Check for possible damage to the roof. Look for missing, cracked or broken shingles and make note of any needed repairs. For safety reasons, you may want to consider hiring a qualified professional to take care of any repair work that needs to be done. The Home Depot offers professional, efficient roof installation services at a competitive price. Clean gutters and downspouts and make sure they are directing water away from the house.
Cut back tree limbs and shrubs growing within five feet of the house or that are brushing up against the roof. You will create better ventilation, help dry out surfaces and prevent possible damage.
Check for and repair cracks in driveway/sidewalk. Spring is the best time to seal cracks in the driveway or any other concrete.
Clean/condition your outdoor grill by first rinsing all outside surfaces with water. If grease has loosened on the grill grates and inside of the grill, wipe off using grill cleaner and paper towels. Follow by washing with a mild detergent and water. Rinse well and wipe dry.
By taking the time to prepare your home for spring, you’ll be able to focus more on enjoying outdoor activities, longer days and mild weather and less on household fixes and repairs.