When winter ends and spring begins, it's easy to start thinking of all the exciting things that are on the way. From spending more time outside to barbeques to summer vacations, you can see the possibilities. To enjoy all of those moments to the fullest, it's a good idea to have your house in order so you don't have to worry about it. At the start of spring, take a moment to freshen up your home with some simple maintenance tasks.
Indoor Spring Maintenance
Spring days can vary wildly in temperature, so it's a good idea to have some indoor items on your list for those cool or rainy days. Here are some good things to add to your to-do list:
• Deep clean: Spring is the perfect opportunity to give your home a deep clean. Dust surfaces, wash windows, vacuum or sweep floors and clean carpets and upholstery.
• Check smoke detectors: Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries if needed.
• Check HVAC: Have your HVAC system serviced by a professional. This includes cleaning or replacing air filters, checking the refrigerant levels and inspecting the system for any damage or wear and tear. Consider getting your chimney cleaned as well.
• Check plumbing: Check for leaks and drips in your plumbing system and repair them as necessary. Inspect the water heater for signs of wear and tear, such as rust or corrosion.
• Clean appliances: Clean your appliances, including the refrigerator, oven and dishwasher. This is the time to move the appliances and get anything that's fallen behind them.
You can do a lot of these tasks in just one weekend and they are good things to do if you plan on selling your home anytime soon.
Outdoor Spring Maintenance
When you have nice weather conditions, it's a good idea to also tackle a bit of outdoor spring maintenance. A few of these tasks require ladders and climbing, so work with a partner to stay safe.
• Clean gutters: Clean gutters and downspouts to remove debris and prevent water damage to your home. This will prevent water issues for your home.
• Inspect roof: Inspect the roof for any damage, such as loose or missing shingles, and replace them as needed.
• Check exterior: Examine the exterior of your home for any damage, such as cracks in the foundation or siding.
• Landscaping: Prune trees and bushes and plant new flowers and plants in your garden. Trimming protects your property while helping the plants grow properly in the new spring season.
• Check irrigation system: Test your irrigation system to make sure it's working correctly. Some pipes or spouts could have frozen and cracked during the winter. Check for leaks or broken sprinkler heads.
By performing these spring maintenance tasks, you'll be able to enjoy your outdoor spaces.
Embrace Spring Maintenance and Have a Great Year
It may take a bit of elbow grease, but spring maintenance can pay off in a big way. Not only do you get to live in a clean and orderly space, but you also stay ahead of potential maintenance problems that could become costly later. To see which spring cleaning tasks can help improve the value of your home, reach out to Chapel Hill Realty Group at 919-740-0884 for a chat.