The countdown is on! Spring is only a few weeks away, and so is the phrase ‘spring cleaning’. Here are some simple things you can do to make sure your house is ready for the warmer weather.
1. Check your gutters
After buildup of snow and ice, your gutters may need some extra TLC. Check for any loose or leaking areas, and make sure there aren’t any clogs. Another important thing is to make sure the downspouts are facing away from your foundation to avoid any flooding or water getting into your basement.
2. Help keep bugs at bay
With spring, comes bugs. Take a walk around your house and make sure any wood or other things you had up against the house are moved away. Damp and wet places are the perfect breeding ground for bugs.
3. Inspect your air conditioner
Bring in a professional and get them to clean and service the outside of your air conditioning system before turning it on for the season. This is a good safety measure and can help prolong the life of the AC unit. Make sure to change the filter too!
4. Clean your windows
Water marks from melting snow, hand marks, paw prints, etc. all build up over time on window panes. Spring is the perfect time to clean your windows from inside and out. While you’re at it, check the caulking around your window sills and repair any broken or missing pieces to keep bugs away.
It’s easy to accumulate things over the winter months when you spend more time indoors, so make the change of season your time to declutter. Go through each room of your home and get rid of things you never use, or don’t need anymore. Donate them to charity, or hold a garage sale!
7. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
8. Get rid of the extra layers
It’s time to pack away your extra duvets, throw blankets, and rugs. It’s a good idea to wash them before storing them so when you take them out next winter, they’re already fresh and clean!