Spring is a time of renewal - time to make plans and set a few goals. It also means two words that can strike fear in the hearts of any homeowners ... Spring Cleaning! Here are some suggestions for making the process easier - and to keep you calm while sprucing up your home ...
They don’t call it “Spring Cleaning” for nothing. Especially focus on the exterior of your home as it’s just gone through winter and is preparing for summer heat and ... humidity!
- Check the exterior drainage. Will rain water flow away from the house? Puddles should not stand around your home for more than 24 hours. If water stays, or moves toward your foundation, you have a few options. Check your gutters. It could be a bad spout or a loose connection there; they may also just need cleaning. For pavement, you can have professionals come out and ensure water drains away from your home.
- Clean out gutters. They’ve likely accumulated leaves from the fall and grime/sediment as well - inhibiting the water flow.
- Inspect the exterior of your home. Is any paint chipping? Are there any cracks or holes in the stucco? Take a close look all around your house, and make any repairs as needed. Also be sure to check the foundation for any cracks. A good silicone/caulk can fix a lot of your problems.
- Get your air conditioning system ready for summer; consider having it serviced. This one really depends on your individual home system. Refer to the user guides for specific regular maintenance. Central air systems can be very complex. Getting it serviced by a professional is recommended and can save money and headaches down the road.
- Repair/replace damaged window screens. You don’t want bugs making their way in because you missed a hole in a window screen. And no, duct tape doesn’t count. It can be a quick fix, but don’t leave it for long. It just looks bad.
- Clear dead plants/shrubs from the house. This could double as a gardening tip, but if you didn’t trim trees or shrubs in the fall, do so now. Plants can weasel their way into cracks and holes on the exterior of your home, causing damage and shortened longevity. Nip that in the bud before it’s an issue. If you have decorative vines on the exterior, pay close attention.
- Check trees for interference with electric lines. Have professionally trimmed if necessary.
- Inspect roofing for damage, leaks, etc. Repair as needed; you may need a professional.