The fun of holidays comes with a flurry of decorations, and family and friend fun. But when the holidays come to a wrap, it can be difficult to not notice some issues in and around your home. Spring home care is important for your home’s health. Luckily, you won’t need to take on this task list in one weekend, instead, you can check off each item throughout the season. Whether it is indoor or outdoor home care you are tackling, here are 8 home improvement tips for you to conquer this spring!

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1. Clean Windows & Screens 

You can kick off the spring home cleaning by letting natural light into your home through newly cleaned windows. Many products may already be in your home you can mix to clean the exterior of your home’s windows. Think of a mixture of dish soap, white vinegar, and water to rid yourself of that layer of dirt and grime. Ensure you scrub enough to get your soap to lather on that window before rinsing it with water. For interior cleaning, it is always best to use your favorite store-bought or homemade window cleaner to keep things a bit less messy. 

Here are some steps to cleaning window screens: 

  • Place a solution of mild vinegar and water in a spray bottle 
  • Remove your screen and spray away any dirt or grime 
  • For stubborn stains, add a bit of dish soap to the vinegar mixture and spray again 
  • Rinse well after spraying down the screens with any type of cleaner 
  • Let the screens dry outside for a few hours before placing them back on the windows

2. Replace your HVAC’s Air Filter 

You must replace your home’s air filters approximately every three months. This is a great task to add to your spring maintenance checklist. You may even consider replacing filters more frequently depending on the overall air quality of the environment surrounding your home, especially if you have any pets in the home, or those with allergies. 

3. Service your Air Conditioning Unit 

To get your air conditioning unit ready for both the colder months and warmer months of the year, it is a good idea to get it serviced. Unless you or someone you live with has experience working with A/C units, call in a professional for the task. Depending on whatever warranty you have on your unit, there is a possibility you may get a discounted or one free seasonal HVAC tune-up per contract term, of course depending on the coverage plan you choose. Make sure to check into your home’s ductwork and vents to ensure there are no blockages to take care of the problem ahead of time. 

4. Inspect the Exterior for Damage 

Winter storms are known to wreak havoc on the exterior of your house, depending on what state in the US you live in. Another great home maintenance tip for spring is to inspect the roof, gutters, and siding. Here’s a list of things to look out for: 

  • Inspect the roof for any loose or missing shingles
  • If there are any holes in the home’s exterior possibly created because of natural disasters or aging 
  • Check your gutters to ensure they are free of debris and open for sufficient drainage 
  • Spray down the siding of your home with a power washer, or mild soap

5. Seal Doors & Windows 

During the colder months, it is more common for uninvited critters and pests to make their way into the warmth of your home. Termites, unfortunately, are typical home invaders. Before winter sets in, make sure screws that are loose around doors and windows are tightened to prevent insect infestation. Consider installing rubber door sweeps to the spring maintenance home checklist. This is an inexpensive way to fix the bottom exterior of the door with gaps between the door and the threshold. Rubber door sweeps help keep pesky insects out to aid in keeping your home’s internal temperature stable. 

6. Touch-up Exterior Paint 

After checking for exterior damage, the next thing to do is add a touch-up of paint to your spring checklist. Repainting areas of chipped paint or trim isn’t only reserved for renovation. This is a task you can tackle any time of the year, especially after the winter storms have passed. Look for exterior paneling, siding, and window and door trim that require painting love. 

7. Spruce Up Outdoor Spaces 

To ready your yard for spring festivities and fun, you will want to get rid of debris that may be leftover from winter storms. Do gutter cleaning, and trim back shrubs or trees so they can have a fresh start as well. Then comes spring lawn maintenance. This may look like getting rid of dead grass, adding a fresh layer of topsoil, and reseeding the area so grass can regrow. Don’t forget to clean the patios, decks, and balconies to liven up the area. 

8. Declutter your House & Garage 

Decluttering your home is what spring maintenance is all about! Ridding yourself of items you no longer have use or need is a home maintenance tip that can contribute to overall home improvement. Revitalizing your home environment is the main attribute to decluttering your home space while allowing for better home air circulation. Move furniture, rugs, or appliances that are blocking air vents. if you have older home décor pieces you no longer need or want, now is the perfect time to let them go.  There are several local non-profits that pick up donations right from your curb so it makes it super easy!

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