After a long and dreadful winter, the weather is finally warm enough to grab a chair and catch some rays in the park. But, while most of the country is getting ready for spring break, now it’s the perfect time to clean your house. Before you know it, summer will come, and you’ll want to spend your days at the beach or by the pool, not doing home maintenance.
Don’t know where to start? Here are a few hints.
Take a close look at the shape your house is in, and check for whatever winter may have left behind for you. Dead plants, sidewalk cracks, mold, leaf-filled gutters, cobwebs, and months old dust are just a few of the things that might need your attention now.
1. Check Out the Exterior of Your House
The first part you want to start your spring cleaning with is the exterior of your house. After all, the outside was the most exposed part of the home to the elements, and if you don’t take care of the damages now, they could turn into big problems later on.
So, get on your roof and inspect the shingles. If they are cracked or loose, then they need to be replaced to avoid leaks. The chimneys, skylights, and pipe flashing need to be checked too.
Next, you should check the gutters for cracks or punctures. Remove leaves, branches, and any debris that can cause blockages. Also, make sure to direct the downspouts away from the foundation. You don’t want to flood your basement.
Check the caulking around every door and window and replace it if it’s old or cracked. And since you’re walking around the house, look for any loose siding and replace them if needed.
2. Prepare Your Home for Spring Landscaping
You may not be able to start planting yet, but you can prep the soil, organize tools, and set up your patio.
Sweep and power wash the paving stones and inspect them thoroughly. Seal the cracks, and replace loose bricks and pavers if you find any. Don’t forget about the walls – they need to be pressure washed, as well, to remove the dirt and debris accumulated during winter.
Clear the yard of any leaves, wood, and debris. Make sure to fill the lower areas near the foundation with compacted soil to avoid flooding and damage. While you’re there, check the outside faucets too for freeze damage and replace old or cracked garden hoses.
3. Have Your Interior Systems Checked
Few homeowners know that clean heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems work more efficiently, reducing energy consumption, and lower home maintenance costs.
This reason should be enough to have them inspected by a qualified contractor regularly. The best time to do it is during spring and autumn when the temperatures are moderate. That way, you can ensure they’ll work at peak performance when you need them the most.
Have the air filters cleaned or replaced and stock up on new ones if you use disposable filters.
4. Finish with the Inside
Before you rush into dusting and vacuuming, make sure to check your emergency systems first. Keep in mind that you should test your smoke fire alarms monthly, not just during spring cleaning. If it’s not a common practice for you, then now should be a good time to do it. Inspect every smoke detector in the house and change the batteries if needed. Ideally, there should be at least one sensor on each floor, including the hallway and each bedroom. So, consider installing additional ones.
You should also check the fire extinguishers to ensure they in good condition and are located in easily accessible places. Also, don’t forget to test if the home alarm and carbon dioxide detectors work properly.
Take a look at the dryer pipes to see if there’s any dirt gathered in the vent pipe or around the exhaust duct. Clean both of them and the space under the dryer.
The final touch before you can finally chill is to scrub off what you don’t frequently clean, like the windows, ceiling fans, or the fireplace.
With regular maintenance and repairs done when the seasons change, your house will be in good shape throughout the year, and it’ll preserve better as time passes. Not to mention that tackling issues while in their “infancy“ is a lot cheaper than if you wait until you need professionals to handle them.
Furthermore, following these tips should make it easier for you and your family to freshen up your home.