We’re back with Pt. 2 of some helpful tips for getting your home ready for spring. With so many things to do, it’s time to get started. The first day of the season began on April 20, meaning that now is the perfect time to do those tasks that you’ve been putting off.
By Ashley Carter
Spring is synonymous with fun vacations and new wardrobes, but a smart homeowner also realizes it’s time for some regular maintenance on the home. Spring’s return brings some fresh elements with it, and caring for your home is an important part of protecting your investment. Discover four ways you can get your home ready for spring.
Prepare for Spring Showers
No homeowner looks forward to cleaning a home’s gutters, but this task is important, especially before the heavy rains of spring take a toll. Standing water accelerates wood rot and attracts mosquitos.
Check drainage pipes and concrete surfaces around the home, making sure that water drains away from your home’s foundation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency includes both of these actions as ways to prevent mold in your home. Both wood rot and mold are costly to repair, so use potential savings as a motivating factor when you’re removing leaves from the gutters.
Anticipate Spring Breezes
As the weather warms, you’ll want to keep your home cool. Your home’s HVAC system might seem complicated, but the simple installation of a new air filter in your HVAC system has many benefits for the health of your home. You should also contact a service professional to make sure you are aware of any necessary system repairs before a potential breakdown occurs.
Do you love opening your windows to get fresh air? Give all of your screens a review and repair or replace damages to make sure pests don’t come inside along with the breezes. Finally, give your ceiling fans a sweep with a duster to reduce allergens and make sure the switches all work as they should.
Get Ready for Spring Growth
An attractive and lush lawn is the pride of many homeowners. Let spring be the season when you take time to check on your lawn care tools.
Does a trimmer need a new battery? Do the lawnmower blades need sharpening? Perhaps your lawn fertilizer from last season has expired. If you’re getting your lawn care schedule together for the season, make sure you also purchase any necessary grass seed now. Survey your materials so that you can enjoy your lawn’s look with no stress this season.
Welcome Spring Cheer
Getting the inside of your home ready for spring is fun, too. Spring cleaning isn’t only a chore; it’s also a good excuse to refresh your space and declutter. Your surroundings affect how you feel. Don’t let your home be a source of bad feelings; doing something as small as painting an accent wall or adding new pillows on your couch or chairs can add a newness that shakes off the winter blues. If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, look to the internet for examples of home decor trends to help you get inspired.
Once you’ve organized your project list, you can go ahead and blissfully enjoy your spring getaway or shopping spree knowing that you’ve already planned for some DIY maintenance projects around your home.