Spring is just around the corner. Okay, it might not feel like it in your neck of the woods, but it’s always better to be optimistic, right? With that in mind, it’s the opportune moment to start getting your home ready for spring, or at least thinking about it.
Maybe you’re sick of the biting cold and ready to embrace warmer weather? Perhaps you have big plans for your garden and want to use your outdoor space this year? Or maybe you’re planning to move and need to make your home look its absolute best to sell?
Whatever your reason to look forward to spring, here are a few things to take care of to get your house ready for spring—aside from the ever important spring cleaning of course.
Clean your gutters
The outside of your home has endured the harsh winter weather so it should be the first thing you inspect. Walk around your home and take a good look at its exterior. One important area is your home’s gutters. Take a look at your gutters and downspouts and make sure they are clear of leaves, tree branches, and any other debris.
Remove as much as you can with your hands and any leftover muck with a hose. Ensuring that your gutters are in good shape will save you a ton of money in repair costs down the line. Make sure you take the necessary safety precautions, such as gloves, a properly-set ladder, and perhaps a helping hand.
Give your windows a good wash
Another important element of your home’s exterior is the windows. After the winter, it’s a good idea to wash your windows. At the same time, check that your windows are in good condition—replace or repair caulk, weather stripping, or frames. Depending on the size of your house, this can be done in a day or over a few days.
Cleaning your windows will have a huge effect on both the exterior and interior of your home. From the outside, clean windows improves the overall appearance of your house, making it look clean and inviting. Clean windows also let in more light and transform indoor spaces as well. The importance of clean windows is often overlooked so don’t make that mistake.
Prepare your outdoor furniture
Once the warm weather does arrive, it’s time to bring out the outdoor furniture. If you are eager to spend time outdoors, think about cleaning your furniture early. After all, the time for outdoor entertaining is brief, so you probably want to take advantage of it as much as possible.
Depending on the type of furniture, there are different ways to clean. Some might need a good washing down with a hose, while others need more careful cleaning. Look online to find homemade recipes for cleaning solutions that match your furniture type. Also, some items might have some wear and tear due to the weather. A new lick of paint, sanding, and even polish could do the trick.
Check for leaks
Throughout your home, look out for leaks. Leaks can be hard to find, especially in crawl spaces, attics, airing cupboards, and in spaces behind your appliances. Although leaks can be quite small, they are capable of causing quite a bit of damage, which is something no one wants for their home.
Water damage is serious and there are many dangers. Leaks damage plaster and paint, can cause mold and mildew to grow, and even act as fire hazards if it comes into contact with wiring. Additionally, leaks mean wasted energy and water so you’ll have higher utility bills in the long run. Your best course of action is to spot these leaks and have them fixed immediately.
Inspect your interior systems
Now is the time to check up systems inside your home. These include anything from your central heating system and air conditioning to your electronics and security system. Checking these systems should become a habit just to be sure everything in your home is working properly.
Inspect your central heating components since you’ve probably been using them throughout the winter. If you have air conditioning, check that they are okay to start up once the warm weather comes in. Ensure air filters are replaced or cleaned. Also, make certain that your security system is still working well and that everyone knows how to operate it.
Getting your home ready for spring is not just limited to the things mentioned above. The tasks involved will vary depending on your home and the area you live in. However, if you cover the basic tasks, your home will be ready for the warmer weather in no time.
Winter can be very harsh, which means you’ll need to check that your home is alright following the cold spell. Also, if you can’t wait to use your outdoor space, you’ll need to prepare a little bit beforehand. And if you want to sell your home and move, it is crucial to make sure your house is clean and that everything is working properly.