Spring Home Maintenance: 13 Projects To Tackle
After a long winter, spring is the perfect season for homeowners to perform home maintenance projects. Since the weather is usually warmer outside, it’s a good time for you to tackle both exterior and interior projects.
By following the spring home maintenance checklist below, you can beautify your home and potentially avoid expensive future repairs.
Exterior Home Projects
Some exterior home projects like landscaping, pressure washing and roof cleaning are better to do in the spring, especially if you live in a climate with harsh winters.
1. Lawn And Landscaping
During the wintertime, you most likely took a break from mowing the lawn and doing other yard work. But the spring weather causes the grass to grow again.
If you own a lawnmower, you should read the owner’s manual to see if you need to replace anything. Routine maintenance includes replacing the spark plugs, changing the oil and replacing the air filter. In addition, you should check to see if your other lawn equipment works. This may include hedge trimmers, weed eaters and edgers.
Besides mowing the yard, it’s also a good time to learn how to landscape your yard. You could plant new flowers, install decorations or even put in a fountain. If you have sprinklers, check to see if they need new heads.
Not interested in doing yardwork? Instead of doing it yourself, you can always hire someone to maintain your lawn or landscaping. Just make sure you shop around to get the best price that fits your budget.
2. Pressure Washing
Are there hideous stains on the outside walls of your home or on your concrete? Now is the best time for you to remove them. To do this, you can rent or buy a pressure washer and do it yourself. Alternatively, you can hire a professional to do it for you.
3. Cleaning Gutters And Roof
Your gutters prevent rainwater from damaging the structure of your home. But when the gutters clog up with debris, they don’t function properly. This puts your roof, as well as your home, at risk for damage.
Because of this, it’s important to clean your gutters. This will require a ladder. While you’re up there, you can also remove debris from the roof. If you don’t feel comfortable climbing on top of the roof, reach out to a roof repair company.
If your windows aren’t sealed properly, they can increase your energy bill. Check each window to make sure it’s sealed properly. Afterward, clean each window using soap and water or glass cleaner.
If you have a back or front-yard patio, you can sweep off debris that may have accumulated during the winter. Also, now is a good time to wash it with a hose if it’s dirty. To remove some stains, you may have to pressure wash the patio.
Want to give your home a new look without breaking the bank? You should consider the budget-friendly spring project of painting the outside of your home. For example, to spruce things up, you could paint the front door a different color.
In addition, if you have outside furniture, you could paint it to give it a refresh.
When painting your house, keep in mind that painting the door a neon yellow probably won’t add the most value to your home if you want to sell it. And if you’re thinking of selling soon, we recommend more neutral colors that appeal to a wide range of buyers.
7. Clean Grill
The warmer weather might encourage you to grill outside for family and friends. Before you cook them a delicious steak or burger, clean your grill. For charcoal grills, you can use dish soap and water, along with a grill brush.
Home Interior Projects
Although you can take on home interior projects year-round, spring is a good time to clean out your closet, reevaluate your storage situation and reverse the ceiling fan.
8. Reverse Ceiling Fan
During the winter, AC experts recommend that your ceiling fans spin in a clockwise direction to circulate hot air down. However, in the spring and summer, they recommend the ceiling fan spin in a counter-clockwise direction to circulate cooler air.
To change ceiling fan direction, consult your fan’s manual.
According to the Department of Energy, if you use the ceiling fan properly, it can save on energy costs.
9. Test Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Testing your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is a project that could save your life. To test each of these devices, you hold down the test button until you hear beeps. If the beeps are weak, replace the batteries.
Also, if you hear a persistent chirping noise in your home, you might need to replace one of your smoke detectors.
10. Clean Baseboards And Walls
Another budget-friendly spring-cleaning project is cleaning your baseboards and walls. This requires soap, water and a sponge. If you can’t remove the dirt with those ingredients, you may need to add a fresh coat of paint.
11. Get Your Air Conditioner Inspected
Since spring brings warmer temperatures, getting your air conditioner inspected is a wonderful idea. Before the spring turns into summer, you should make sure your unit is cooling the house properly. Having an inspector look at your unit can ensure it’s running efficiently, which might help you reduce your energy bill.
While getting your air conditioner inspected may require a technician, there’s something you can do that’s simple: check your air filter. If the filter is dirty, replace it with a new one.
12. Clean Out Your Closet
As the winter changes to spring, your wardrobe might change. With warmer temperatures, you’ll no longer need to wear heavy coats. While going through your closet to find spring clothing, you might find that you don’t wear some of your clothes.
If you find yourself in that situation, the best thing you can do is get rid of the clothing that you no longer need. After cleaning out your closet, you can donate the items in good shape to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
Alternatively, you could sell the clothing to a consignment or thrift shop in your area.
13. Deep Clean Appliances
Haven’t had time to clean your refrigerator, oven or microwave? Add deep cleaning your kitchen appliances to your to-do list.
For example, instead of lightly cleaning the refrigerator, you can take out all of the shelves and racks and clean them. Afterward, you could move the refrigerator and sweep or vacuum underneath it.
The warmer spring weather gives homeowners a chance to tackle several spring maintenance projects. By performing the items on checklist, you can tidy up your space, inside and out. Also, you might save money on expensive repairs by lengthening the lifespan of your air conditioner and roof.
Tackling all the projects on this list in one day might not work for your busy schedule. However, adding one at a time to your to-do list will help you get them done before summer. And getting professional help could help you knock items off the checklist sooner.
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