6 Tips To Get Your Home Ready For Spring
Spring and warmer weather are finally here. For many homeowners, it’s an exciting time to freshen up your home and get it ready for the new season. During the winter, many portions of your home get neglected or aren’t used as often, we’ve all been there. Getting your home ready for spring will ensure you’ll be ready to enjoy the warmer weather once it hits. Below are some ideas we have to help get you ready for the upcoming season.
Check Your HVAC Systems
The fall and spring are the two most important times to review your home’s major HVAC systems. Check and change air filters if needed, although they should be reviewed at least monthly. Check your air conditioner before the summer to ensure it is in good working order. If you need a service tech to review your system, now is the time to contact us so that you can enjoy your AC system when the New England heat hits.
Inspect Your Roof
Do a visual inspection of your roof to make sure there aren’t any loose or missing shingles from any of the winter storms. High winds can also cause damage to your roof, especially if there are trees close to the house. Inspect the siding of the house near the trees as well. Also check the second floor or attic of your house for potential leaks. A leaky roof can cause expensive damage to the structure and interior of the home as well as allow mold to grow inside the walls. Spend time doing a walk around or call a professional if needed.
Clean Your Garage
If you are lucky to have a garage at your house, it’s very common for everyone to just throw things in the garage during the winter… and then there are piles of belongings by the time spring comes. Now that the season is on its way out, it’s time to go through an organize your belongings. If you have a large garage or it’s just a disaster, break it down into several days allocating small amounts of time each day to not overwhelm you.
Inspect Windows & Doors
Once the roof and exterior of your home have been inspected (and maybe power washed), take some time to inspect the windows and doors for damage. If you have a lot of landscaping or there are tree limbs near your windows, check for scratches and cracks in the windows. Inspect the seals and weather-stripping, the glass, and any exterior caulking and paint. Replace or repair any damaged areas and glass and re-caulk and paint as necessary. This will save money on heating and cooling your home as well as prevent water damage from leaks.
Clean the Windows
Once you’ve inspected the windows and doors, now it’s time to clean windows and let that natural light in! Often, when we take up the job of cleaning our homes we tend to forget the windows. And with pets or small children, you’ll see finger prints and nose prints much noticeably in the spring and summer. Throw on some gloves on, get some Windex, and some paper towels and wipe the windows clean. It also doesn’t hurt to open them up and let some fresh air in!
Spring Clean Your Kitchen & Bathrooms
We tend to spend much more time in our homes during the colder months. As much as we spend more time indoors, it doesn’t necessarily mean your spending more time cleaning the home. Deep cleaning of your kitchen as well as the bathrooms in the house will help freshen up your home, but importantly clean out the dust and bacteria that has collected over the winter. Dust the cabinets, take out your appliances and clean them before putting them back in place. In your bathrooms clean the sink and the taps thoroughly. A deep clean of your shower will also keep your bathroom clean and fresh for the new season.
There are many more items to help you transition your home from winter to spring, but these will certainly help get you started. Don’t try to get this all done in one weekend. March is a perfect time to spend the whole month transitioning from one season to the next.