12 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Spring
The change of seasons often motivates a fresh start, and for many, that means one thing: spring cleaning
As the temperatures begin to rise, now’s the perfect time to pull back the curtains, open up the windows and let the fresh air in while taking care of the tedious tasks that you neglected all winter. Check out these helpful tips to get your home in shape for spring.
- Clean Gutters
Work from a sturdy ladder
Remove as much as you can with your hands (Don’t forget to wear gloves!). Remove any leftover gunk with a garden hose. Take off any nozzle and have a helper turn on the water when you’re ready. Shove the hose into the downspout to power out of gooseneck bends. Make sure your downspouts channel water at least five feet from foundation walls.
- Scrub Walls and Baseboards
Scrub your walls in the bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms, and living areas to get them clean. Use a scrub for harder surfaces and a sponge for softer surfaces. Mild soap and water will do the trick.
- Replace Filters
Change out your water, furnace, range hood, and air vent filters. Most filters typically need to be replaced every 3-6 months depending on their application.
- Clean Faucets and Showerheads
Clean your aerators, sink sprayers and shower heads by soaking them in equal parts vinegar and water solution for about an hour. Rinse them off with warm water.
- Clean Out the Dryer Vent
A clogged dryer vent can be a fire hazard. Remove the vent from the back of the dryer and use a brush to remove the lint. On the outside of your house, remove the vent cover and brush off the lint from that end and make sure the vent flaps move freely.
- Wash Exterior Windows
Seeing the sunshine this spring and summer is a must. Make sure your exterior windows are cleaned from the outside.
- Keep Allergens away
Keep dust, mold, and pollen out of the house by decluttering your home. Dust off window sills and furniture. Check your air vents in the house for dust and other particles.
- Cleaning Foundation Vents
Houses with a crawl space have vents along its foundation. These vents collect leaves and debris but they also help with air circulation.
- Clean the Grill
Over the winter the grill has most likely collected dust. Clean out the oil pan below your grill. Take off the grill surface and clean the burned debris below. Make sure the burners are free if you have a gas grill. Clean off the grill surface by using a wire brush. If you have a grill cover, make sure to use it.
- Gardening Prep
Make sure you have good soil. Clear any debris in your garden area. You can even get a soil test at your local co-op to make sure it if primed for growing season.
- Test Smoke Alarms
Test your smoke alarms and your Carbon Monoxide detectors. Purchase batteries if they aren’t working. Its quick, simple, and can save your family’s lives.
- Clean Outdoor Furniture
Your outdoor furniture has been sitting in the shed or garage for the entire winter. Make sure to clean it off from all the dust and cobwebs it has collected over the winter.