When winter departs, it is a perfect time to do some work around the house. Longer days and more sunlight that come with spring can only motivate you to take better care of your home. Taking advantage of warmer temperatures and getting your home ready for summer is something that will make you feel great! No wonder “spring cleaning” is a thing that many cultures have practiced for centuries.
“Spring cleaning” can also pertain to getting the big, hard tasks done. This is the right time to do it – get rid of the old and start with the new. As you work through your regular home maintenance chores, it is easy to forget about a few critical things. Creating a home maintenance checklist will ensure that you do every necessary task. It will also let you avoid any surprises and maintain your property value. If you wish to stay organized, we encourage you to take a look at our spring home maintenance checklist.
Replace Old Mattresses, Sheets and Pillows
Spring is the perfect time to replace old mattresses – most people don’t replace their bedding or mattresses as often as they should and suffer insomnia or bad quality sleep as a result. Waking up refreshed to face the longer, sunnier days might be the best thing to happen to you this spring! Try to choose sheets that are made out of natural materials like cotton. It breathes easy and doesn’t make you sweat, like a lot of polyester blends. This is especially true for kids’ bedding – a lot of popular designs and branded sheets are simply not natural and contain a lot of plastic! When choosing a mattress might seem complicated, check out hacks on mattress-guides.net for tips and see what’s best.
Retrofit Your Windows and Doors
Window and door replacements are critical for maintaining your home’s energy efficiency. Colder temperatures will start to take their toll on your windows, which can lead to energy leaks and higher energy bills. The same is true with doors. If you want to save on your energy bills, make sure that your doors and windows are in good shape.
Replace Worn Roof Shingles
A worn roof can be a security risk for your home. Since shingles are among the first things to wear out, you should replace them before they get to the point of becoming hazardous. This doesn’t mean replacing your whole roof, but doing a thorough inspection, especially where the gutters are installed, or along the seams where your chimney meets the roof. Leaks have a tendency to develop there first.
A clogged gutter can cause a big headache for you. If you want to avoid unnecessary problems, schedule a gutter cleaning service after the winter season – this is a tough time on gutters. This also goes for any dirt brought in by snow and wind. You can do this yourself, but if your roof and gutters are too high up, it’s a good idea to call someone who has a cherry picker!
Clean Your Chimney and Maintain It Properly
Your chimney should be cleaned and properly maintained at least once every year. This will maximize its lifespan and prevent any serious problems in the future. A clean and properly maintained chimney will allow the smoke that leaves your home to flow smoothly through it instead of being hindered by any blockage. If you’ve been using your fireplace over the winter, it’s a good way to end the season.
Remove Dead or Rotten Branches From Trees
You will need to remove dead branches from trees before new foliage begins growing. This will prevent the dead branches from becoming a fire hazard or damaging your home’s structure, and it will help the tree grow properly throughout spring. This goes for fruit trees as well!
Change the Batteries in Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
A smoke or carbon monoxide detector could save your life in case of a fire or in case of an electrical problem in your home that causes a carbon monoxide leak. It is crucial to change the batteries of these detectors frequently so that they can perform their function properly when needed the most. This is a great time to remember to do this!
Make Sure that Your Faucets Still Have Enough Flow Pressure
There are many things that can cause water issues in your faucets and pipes. The wrong choice of water pressure system could also cause damage to your pipes when the water is freezing during winter, too much pressure could cause pressure break when the water is turned off, old valves could malfunction and so on. If there is no water flowing from one or more faucets, schedule a plumber ASAP. This is another problem that people tend to put off “for later”.
Wipe Down All Mold or Mildew with Bleach and Water Mixture
Mildew is nearly inevitable during spring when it is warm outside, but it still needs to be handled properly so that it can’t spread to other areas of your home or damage any object or surface. You should wipe down all moldy surfaces with a bleach and water mixture mixed in equal parts and leave it for at least 10 minutes before rinsing it off with clear water. Use a wet cloth or sponge to clean moldy surfaces because it is much safer than using hot water. Also remember not to use a broom while cleaning mold because it could spread it to other surfaces of your home. Get a vacuum cleaner instead and use some long bristled brushes to make sure you get rid of all mold from the surface where you find it. Keep in mind that mold grows well in fabrics so you should not place wet clothes or cloths anywhere without drying them first!
Check for Carpenter Ant Infestations and Treat Accordingly When Necessary
It is natural for ants to come out during spring because new sources of food become available as winter ends and spring begins, but not all ants are harmless! Some species can cause damage to wood, like carpenter ants! If you want to make sure you solve this problem before it can get out of hand, you should watch out for any type of ants coming into your home during spring! They can only be a sign of bigger problems! If you see ants coming into the house during spring, call us so we can get rid of them for you!
Spring is the time for cleaning, but also for taking care of those long-forgotten-chores that should be done once in a while. While it may seem like a lot of work, getting these things done is very satisfying. Spring is also a time for new beginnings. Think about starting it off right with that long to-do list completely checked off!