Despite what the calendar says, Mother Nature is suggesting that it’s time to think about getting your home or cabin ready for spring. Here is a simple checklist courtesy of HomeDepot that will ensure your home is in top-notch shape for the new season.
- Clean or replace your furnace filter. A dirty filter can lower the efficiency of your home’s HVAC system.
- Test your air conditioning system. If you wait until the first hot day of the season day to check it and have a problem, you may end up waiting quite a while to have it serviced!
- Check caulking around all doors and windows. Improper caulking allows for moisture to get inside your walls and cause mold. This is also the perfect time to wash/clean all windows and replace torn or damaged screens as necessary.
- Check/replace fire extinguishers. Make sure each unit meets current safety standards and check the gauges to ensure they are charged and ready for use.
- Test smoke and fire alarms, replacing batteries and cleaning dust from the covers.
- Clean ceiling fans. Whether you utilize overhead fans year-round or only during the warmer months, wipe down blades with an all-purpose cleaner. In addition to a providing a calming breeze, ceiling fans increase the overall airflow throughout your home.
- Dust and check wattage of light bulbs. While cleaning each bulb, check for correct wattage. A fire can result within a light fixture, wall or ceiling if the wattage used in a fixture is too high.
- Clean and store humidifiers and exchange them for a dehumidifier. Removing moisture from the air will make you more comfortable in warmer weather and keep mold from growing.
- Deep cleaning carpets is a spring-cleaning must. Consider purchasing a steam cleaner for your home – not only will it come in handy during twice-yearly major cleaning sessions, but it will also prove to be a lifesaver if you have pets or children in the home.
- Clean out your refrigerator and freezer. If you have a coil-back refrigerator, vacuum the coils at least twice each year for maximum efficiency. Wipe down interior and exterior surfaces, and place new boxes of baking soda in each to maintain overall freshness.
- Spring is the optimal time to perform both indoor and outdoor pest control. Even if you aren’t currently experiencing a pest problem, it’s best to undergo preventative treatment rather than wait until warmer temperatures potentially create an issue.
- Check for possible damage to the roof. Look for missing, cracked or broken shingles and make note of any needed repairs. For safety reasons, you may want to consider hiring a qualified professional to take care of any repair work that needs to be done. Clean gutters and downspouts and make sure they are directing water away from the house.
- Cut back tree limbs and shrubs growing within five feet of the house or that are brushing up against the roof. You will create better ventilation, help dry out surfaces and prevent possible damage.
- Check for and repair cracks in driveway/sidewalk. Spring is the best time to seal cracks in the driveway or any other concrete.
- Pressure wash your deck/patio and bring outdoor furniture out of storage. Make sure to wipe down each piece thoroughly prior to placing on a freshly-washed surface.
- Check garden hoses for dry rot and inspect hose faucets for possible freeze damage that may have occurred during the winter months.
- Clean/condition your outdoor grill by first rinsing all outside surfaces with water. If grease has loosened on the grill grates and inside of the grill, wipe off using grill cleaner and paper towels. Follow by washing with a mild detergent and water. Rinse well and wipe dry.
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