There’s something about that first warm day after spending all winter trudging through cold and ice and huddling on the couch in blankets. The tree frogs awaken, the birds arrive, and we throw open our windows and embrace everything fresh and renewed. It’s a good time to channel those spring cleaning urges into checking in with your home maintenance.
- Raking in the spring is more important than the fall—any leaves left now can contribute to mold or bald patches in your lawn, so head out there with a blower or a rake and get the grass ready for spring green
- Mulch your flowerbeds
- Turn outside faucets back on
- Plan ahead for summer lawn care—either renew your lawn care service contract or make sure your mowers blades are sharpened and trimmers are running
- Assess the trees on your property—both potential for storm damage and for disease or rot that may spread. Consult with professionals if you have any questions
- Reseed your lawn
- Plant perennials
- Fertilize—once your grass is green
- Clear out any raised beds and plant spring vegetables and herbs
- Store winter supplies and drain the fuel from any snow-blowers
- Check the exterior of the home for loose shingles, cracks in the foundation or other repairs that may need to take place, including any places that may need paint
- Clean the gutters and check for any cracks or water flow issues
- Hose off your decks and siding—no need to powerwash
- Clean exterior windows and replace any missing or broken screens
- If you have a pool, prepare to open the pool and inspect the patio and pumps for any repairs that need to be addressed
- Before the first hot day, check your HVAC to make sure everything is working. A cleaning and tune up with your local HVAC technician is something that can prevent future costly repairs.
- Check in with your plumbing to make sure there are no leaks.
- Spring brings rain—if you have a sump pump, ensure it is working before the storm hits.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide.