Spring is in the air and there is no better time to spend on beautifying and maintaining your home. From planting to cleaning, clearing to painting, there are lots of easy projects that can help your home maintain it’s value for years to come. Here are some great ideas to keep your home looking its best:
Windows: Spring is the perfect time to give your windows and screens a thorough wash. Take down screens and hose them to remove dirt and debris collected during the rainy season. Rescreen any screens that have holes or tears. Make sure to clean out all window tracts, which collect dirt, bugs and moisture during the winter. A bit of lubricant helps if needed to ease with opening and closing. Check all window locks and make sure they are tightened and functioning.
HVAC Filters: Make sure to replace (or clean the permanent ones) your filters before the air starts to warm up. After a cold winter and heater usage it is important to have clean filters, as it will save you money and prevent build up in your ducts. It is also a good idea to clean out all vents and make sure there are no obstructions.
Rain Gutters: Clean out rain gutters and remove leaves and other debris.
Tree trimming: This is the perfect time to trim your trees. Make sure to trim them so they do not touch your home, as rodents and other critters can access your attic via trees that are too close to the house.
Plant flowers: The soil is in great condition from the winter rains, and flowers can be inexpensive if you plant seeds. It is a fun and easy way to make a big difference in curb appeal and gives you an enjoyable feast for the senses. You can even venture into drought resistant plants to give your garden a beautiful look without requiring too much water.
Sprinkler system check: Make sure to check your sprinkler system and program the timer. Pay attention to any city or county regulations such as allotted watering days and times, and do not set the timer to over-water your yard. Check all sprinkler heads and replace any that are broken.
Paint: Painting is one of the least expensive ways to beautify your home, and you can do it yourself. Walk around your home and see what rooms need touch-up paint, or even a new coat. It is a great time to try new colors! Painting makes one of the most noticeable differences in the appearance of your home, so have fun with it. Inspect the outside of your home as well–if it has been ten years or longer since you last had your home painted you may want to consider repainting. This not only approves the appearance of your home, but saves money in maintenance. If you have a stucco exterior and you noticed big wet spots on your house during the rains then it is time to consult a professional painter.
Check roof: You should check your roof at least once a year to prevent any problems from arising. It is important to look for cracks in tiles, broken tiles or shingles, or any damage that is apparent. As it is dangerous to walk on your own roof, especially if you have a tile roof (as they can crack), you should call a qualified roof technician to inspect the roof for you.
De-Clutter: Take advantage of the change in season and go through your closets, garage, attic, kids’ toys, books and clothes. There are a plethora of charities that would welcome your donations…and you will love the feeling of having less “stuff” laying around. Get the whole family involved. It’s also a great time for a garage sale. Be sure to check your medicine cabinets for expired medicines, and your pantry and refrigerator for expired food.
Leaky faucets: Many of us do not think to ever look under the sinks in our home. Take everything out of your sink cabinets in bathrooms and the kitchen and check for signs of moisture or leaks. While you are at it you can throw away old cleaning supplies. If you find any leaks be sure to call a plumber right away to prevent a mold problem.
Smoke Detectors: Check all smoke detectors after replacing batteries.