Spring is the most anticipated time of the year for Canadians. We go from spending most of our days indoors and avoiding frigid temperatures, to welcoming the much-needed warmth and enjoying outdoor activities. Although we are all eager to begin taking advantage of the weather, there are a few things every homeowner should consider when spring arrives.
It is important to maintain your home during all seasons of the year, but particularly during spring. After a harsh winter, there can be a few things inside your home and outside that may require extra TLC. Keeping up with your annual maintenance will help preserve and increase your home's value and leave you feeling great knowing your property has fantastic curb-appeal!
Keep up with your spring home maintenance by using our list below.
This may seem obvious, but we are talking about the spaces and little spots within your home that are often neglected. On top of regular weekly cleaning, remember to wipe and vacuum high and hard to reach areas like the tops of cabinets and ceiling fans. If you have pillowcases and couch covers that are easily removable, wash those by following the instructions on the label. Finally, if you have carpets, consider renting a carpet cleaning machine – your white socks will thank us!
These are areas within your home you may not visit often, so it is important to carefully inspect upstairs and downstairs for any cracks, leaks (water damage), and signs of little critters who may have found a home over the winter months.
Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are a must-have in each home and should be tested on a monthly basis. Every year, it is suggested you change the batteries on both the alarms and detectors at least once.
Garages are notorious for collecting items throughout the seasons. Your day or decluttering and organizing will go by quicker with some help from family and/or friends. Consider donating items, selling them online, or hosting a garage sale. We promise, you will feel much better after purging!
Your homes gutters and downspouts can get clogged during the winter season and this may result in water damage to your home. Clearing our gutters can be done with a ladder and someone to spot you below. If there are any cracks or holes, consider purchasing caulking for outdoor materials from your local hardware store.
Although this seems like a no-brainer, there may be a lot to do, depending on the size of your property. Prepare for a day of yard work, including raking and disposing of leaves, and preparing your yard soil for the upcoming summer. Dust off supplies such as rakes, yard bags, and grass seed. Don't forget about your lawn mower – check the blades carefully and the engine oil to ensure you are able to effectively cut your grass when the time comes.
What is warm weather without the use of your deck? Check to see if there are any holes, splits, cracks or evidence of pests. Depending on the type of wood you are using, you may be required to stain the deck or opt to do this regardless. This also goes for your fence – walk around the entire perimeter and feel free to ask for another set of eyes to help you!
Once your deck is in check, you will be able to uncover or bring your out your spring/summer outdoor furniture. If your furniture was covered outdoors during the winter, check for little animals who may have found a new home and wipe/wash them down.
With the basics of spring cleaning covered above, your final step before you begin is to create a realistic schedule. Keep in mind, this likely cannot be completed in one weekend. We suggest you recruit family members or friends, and keep them energized and happy with refreshments throughout the day! Pizza, anyone?
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