Preparing A Home for Spring
While it may seem we’ll never dig out of below-freezing weather, spring isn’t far away. Once we thaw out and can venture outside for more than a few minutes at a time, it pays to check out how your home has fared during the winter. Here are some ways to prepare your home for spring.
Clean Out Gutters
Build-up and debris might have clogged your gutters over the winter. Make sure they can handle those spring showers that are sure to show up soon by cleaning them out thoroughly.
Wipe Down Walls
Clean the mud and dirt off walls and baseboards, especially where pets have stayed for any length of time.
Put Safety First
Welcome spring with a safe home by cleaning out dryer vents, replacing the heat filters and smoke alarm batteries, and checking all outdoor steps and railings to make certain they are in good condition.
Get Some Fresh Air
When temperatures rise a bit, open the windows for a few hours to let in some sunshine and air out the stale winter indoor air. Carry your window treatments and bedding outside and lay them on a tarp in the sun for an hour or so.
Take Stock of Your Home’s Condition
Check out your chimney and get any issues that have showed up over the winter repaired. Inspect your driveway, patio, and all other paved or concreted areas and take care of any cracks that have occurred. If you own a fence, walk it and fix any loose boards or rotted pieces. Make an appointment to get your air conditioning unit serviced.
Look over your mower, leaf blower, weed eater, and all other yard tools to ensure they’re in working order. Take the cover off your grill and test that it is still in good condition, and get your patio furniture out of storage and set it up.
Anticipating spring is one of the best parts of winter. By preparing your home now, you’ll be ready to take full advantage of the milder weather, longer days, and extra time outside that spring brings.