April & May are right around the corner, making March the perfect month to get your home ready for spring. Sure, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done to clear away winter and get ready for warmer weather, but with these simple steps you can manage to get it done in no time. Take a look at the quickest & easiest ways to prepare your home!
The first place to start is the exterior of the home as it’s the part that’s taken the most winter damage. Grab a ladder, take a look at your gutters, and clean them of any debris. Have a professional come out to take a look at your roof shingles - they suffer a lot of wear and tear from ice & snow and may need to be replaced. If you take a close look at your windows, you’ll likely notice you can’t see through them very well, so wash them thoroughly (outside AND inside!).
Now, it’s time to move the spring cleaning inside. Besides the regular spring cleaning one tends to do, it’s a great time to do a deep clean as well. Scrub your walls & baseboards (and check for mold while you’re at it), then clean faucets & showerheads by soaking them in equal parts vinegar and water for an hour before rinsing. Replace the filters in your home including water & air vent filters. They should be replaced every 3-6 months.
If you have a chimney, now that the cold weather is winding down, go ahead and have the chimney inspected. The NFPA recommends having your chimney inspected and thoroughly cleaned once a year and doing it now will get rid of buildup that could cause more damage if left to stick around till fall. This is also a great time to test your smoke alarms and replace any batteries that might be needed, not to mention getting your dryer vents cleaned. All of these things will help prevent fire or keep you and your family safe in the case of fire, so they’re vitally important!
It may seem like a lot of work but these steps will get your home prepared for spring in no time, then you and your family will be ready to enjoy the warmer weather and fun knowing your home is ready to go!
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