Spring Home Maintenance Tips

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Spring Home Maintenance Tips

You can always tell when spring is just around the corner - the sun is shining, the air is crisp… and all of the home maintenance projects you’ve been putting off since last spring are beginning to rear their lovely heads.

If the idea of getting yourself back into the spring groove seems daunting, the best thing to do is to stop putting it off. If you’re overwhelmed, start small - spend just ten minutes a day on any one task and you’ll be amazed at how much you get done. We’ve put together a list of tips and suggestions to make the process easier.

Outside

  1. Look for signs of wear and tear on your roof and check if any shingles have been damaged or lost over the winter.
  2. Breathe new life into your gardens by laying down fresh mulch and looking into bulbs and seeds.Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage.
  3. Check your foundations for cracks and leaks. If you find any cracks, mark them with tape and watch to see if they get any bigger - if not, they can usually be filled with an epoxy injection. If they continue to grow, call in an expert.All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home's foundation. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.
  4. Examine the caulking and weatherstripping around your home for any damage and replace as necessary.Probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. It’s best to make any necessary repairs sooner rather than later to prevent the spring rains from damaging exposed wood.
  5. Look for loose or leaky gutters as faulty drainage can lead to water accumulating in your basement. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris.
  6. Test your outdoor faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. While you're at it, check the garden hose for dry rot.
  7. Make sure your outdoor tools and lawn equipment are clean, sharp, and ready for summer usage.

Inside

  1. Have your air conditioning unit inspected and cleaned and remember to change interior filters on a regular basis.When coils are clean, they operate more efficiently and an annual servicing will keep your system working its best.
  2. If you have ceiling fans,switch the orientation to run counterclockwise so that cool air is pushed downward.
  3. Stop feeling like you’re throwing money away by donating or getting rid of things you don’t use regularly. You’ll be happier in the long-run in a space that feels more authentically “you.”
  4. Set up recycling bins outside your home for any junk mail you know you have no interest in reading.
  5. Don’t stress about keeping every “milestone” item or special gift from your kids or your parents - more often that not, keeping something out of guilt or obligation is neither worth it for you nor what the giver had intended in the first place. Set a number for yourself for which treasures to keep.
  6. Take every item in your closet and ask yourself a) have I worn this in the last year? And b) do I have at least three other articles of clothing I can wear it with? If the answer to at least one of these questions is no, consider tossing the item. For the long-term, try the clothes hanger trick: turn each clothes hanger in your closet so that the hook is facing outward. Each time you wear something, put it back with the hook facing the opposite way. At the end of the season (or after six months) any item on a hanger still facing outwards goes for the donation pile.

Simple, right? Again, don’t stress - anything becomes easier with a checklist and with enough time. Once you know your home is in proper shape, you’ll feel free to enjoy the spring and summer ahead!