The snow is gone, the mild weather is back, and you’ve got a to do list of things that need accomplishing before the heat and chaos of the summer returns. Spring is a great time to do all kinds of things around your home. With a little planning, you can get a jump on some common springtime tasks before the Easter bunny makes its rounds.
Here’s a checklist of things that you’ll need to follow up on as the weather gets warmer. (These tips are brought to you by Redbeacon.com, a home services website designed to hook families up with the right pros for their home-project lists.)
Review your roof
The winter is a punishing time for your home’s front line of defense against the elements: your roof. Check for shingles that have come loose or broken in the snowy or icy winter weather. These inefficiencies can allow your roof to leak and water to puddle. For a quicker (and safer) inspection, get out the binoculars and detect damage from the ground.
Get your mind into the gutter
While you’re on the roof, you might as well give your gutters some attention. Snow and ice storms can send additional leaves and twigs into your gutters, and you’ll need to make sure that the detritus isn’t clogging the downspouts. In spring’s rainy season, the extra precipitation, if not funneled away from your home, can end up leaking into your foundation.
Swap your winter coat for a coat of paint
Spring is the perfect time to paint. The weather is finally warm enough that you can open the windows when you put a fresh color on your indoor walls, so pick a room and give it a facelift. This is also a good time to get an estimate on sprucing up your home’s exterior with a new color.
Declutter your home
While you were in the throes of cabin fever, you surely brought home some things you don’t really need. It’s spring cleaning time, so open your windows, shake out your rugs, and start going through your closets. If you need a jumpstart, check out our Spring Cleaning Plan to Deep Clean the House.
Dig into your landscaping
Grab your pruning shears, because this job will take some elbow grease. Start by removing any dead annuals and pruning back the perennials that have new growth at the mulch line. Proactively pull weed seedlings while the ground is soft and before the weeds become pesky in the summer months. Assuming the winter left your soil unbalanced, your beds could probably benefit from an application of fertilizer.
Condensed Spring Home Maintenance List (for easy download as a Cozi to do list)
- Review your roof
- Attend to your gutters
- Consider a new coat of paint
- Declutter the home
- Tidy up the lawn and garden
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