Spring is here everyone! The grass is turning green, trees are beginning to bud and flowers are beginning to sprout. Everyone is itching to get outside and spend some time in the sunshine. But, what needs to be done around the house? We all have our lists in mind. Here is a list of Springtime home maintenance items to consider while the sun is shining.
Power Wash the siding. During the fall and winter, dirt and other debris can build up on the siding of the house. Take a power washer and quickly remove all unwanted materials.
Clear gutters and downspouts. Check out your gutters to make sure they are clear and ready for the Spring rain to come. Make sure downspouts are clear, attached to the gutters correctly and are directed away from the home’s foundation.
Seal cracks. Ice can cause cracks in the driveway, sidewalks, steps and possibly foundation of your home. Look to see if there are any cracks that need to be repaired.
Check Roof. Take a look at your roof to make sure it is in good shape, and repair if needed.
Clean out crawl space vents. Some homes have crawl space vents to provide air circulation in the crawl space. Be sure to check the vents to make sure they are clear of leaves and debris. Also, make sure they are intact. Sometimes little critters like to make a winter home in the crawl space.
Change furnace filters. Your furnace has been working hard all winter. It is a good time to replace the filter.
Clean out the dryer vent. Maintaining the dryer vent is very important. Clean out the dryer vent of lint.
Schedule air conditioner maintenance. Make sure your air conditioner is ready for summer! Get it checked and prepped by a professional.
Vacuum refrigerator coils. Don’t forget behind your fridge when doing your Spring cleaning! Pull the refrigerator out and vacuum all the dust from your refrigerator coils. This will help your refrigerator to run more efficiently.
Sump Pump. If you have a sump pump, be sure it is working properly. The spring rains are coming and a failed sump pump can create a disaster in your basement.
Check screens. It is about time to open the windows and get some fresh air in the house! Check your screens to be sure they are without holes and tears. Fresh air is nice, bugs are not.
Replace batteries in smoke detectors. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors. This needs to be done every six months.
Check the attic. Take a look in the attic. Look out for leaks, mold or animals. Sometimes the roof can leak and we will not notice since the leak is in the attic. Mold can occur for a number of reasons, so it is important to check and remedy the situation if it occurs. Animals need a place to stay warm in the winter, and attics are very attractive to them.
Clean windows and sills. We all want fresh air in our homes, and cleaning the windows will help. Also, when cleaning the windows you will notice if there has been any damage during the winter months.
Change Ceiling fan direction. In the winter you may have changed the direction of your ceiling fans to push the warm air down. It is time to switch it back to draw the warm air up again.
Trim trees and plants. Look for branches and plants that are overgrown. Trim them accordingly to make sure they are not touching your home and are out of the way. This may be a time to hire a professional to trim trees.
Standing Water. Springtime brings loads of rain that can collect in different objects and areas. Walk around your yard and look for places that are collecting water. These are the perfect nurseries for mosquitoes to hatch. Tip over containers, put away unused flower pots, and drain low lying areas of water.
Plan Landscaping. Now is a great time to plan your landscaping. Decide where to put flower beds, gardens and drainage. Here is a quick guide to plants that repel mosquitoes, in our area that thrive in containers as well as gardens.
Add mulch around trees. Add some fresh mulch around trees. When mulching around trees only apply one inch of mulch. Make sure it is not touching the tree trunk. Be sure not to add more than 3 inches.
Fertilize as needed. Fertilize your yard and trees as needed. Be sure to test your soil first to know what you need. You could hire a professional to do this for you to be sure it is done correctly.
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I hope you find this list helpful. If you have any questions please contact me!
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