It’s that time of year again! Spring (and Georgia Pollen) is in the air. Before you get pool ready – here are a few tips to keep up with your home maintenance this year and keep your house happy and healthy!
1. Clean Gutters
Grab a ladder, and check your gutters for debris. Remove as much as you can with your hands (Don’t forget to wear gloves!). Remove any leftover gunk with a garden hose. Take off any nozzle and have a helper turn on the water when you’re ready. Shove the hose into the downspout to power out of gooseneck bends. Make sure your downspouts channel water at least five feet from foundation walls.
2. Scrub Walls, Baseboards & Outlets
Scrub all the walls (do a test spot, some paints may not be washable) — in the bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms and living areas — with a sponge or brush and mild soap and water. This includes baseboards and outlets. Make sure to completely dry outlet covers before replacing.
3. Replace Filters
Replace all filters including HVAC, water, range hood and air vent filters. You should replace these filters every 3-6 months depending on the type of filter you have.
4. Clean Faucets and Showerheads
Unscrew the faucet aerators, sink sprayers and showerheads, and soak them in equal parts vinegar and water solution. Let them soak for an hour, then rinse with warm water.
5. Clean Out the Dryer Vent
A clogged dryer vent can be a fire hazard. To clean it, disconnect the vent from the back of the machine and use a dryer vent brush to remove lint. Outside your house, remove the dryer vent cover and use the brush to remove lint from the other end of the vent line. Make sure the vent cover flap moves freely.
6. Wash Exterior Windows
If you can get to all of them safely, clean all of the exterior window. If you have multiple levels or are not able to get to it for yourself, hire a window-cleaning service to clean all exterior windows.
7. Check and Clean Patio Furniture
The winter weather can cause damage to different materials and make them more brittle. Bugs can make their homes, and spring is a great time to check everything for safety and get it cleaned up and ready for the warm months. Check out this article from the DIY Network on how to clean your out door furniture.
8. Check the Foundation Vents
A house with a crawl space has vents along the foundation walls. The vents provide air circulation that helps prevent excess moisture and mold growth, and they prevent critters from taking up residence underneath your home. The screens collect leaves and other debris from fall and winter. Spring is a great time to clean them out and check for damage. Clean the vents by hand or use a shop vacuum. Repair any damaged screens — critters can get through even the smallest holes.
9. Clean the Grill
Your grill has most likely collected dust during fall and winter. Help your grill live a long life with these maintenance tips, whether you have a charcoal or gas grill.
10. Prep Your Garden for Spring
Big or small, here are a few tips for getting your garden ready.
- Order summer-flowering bulbs and seeds. …
- Tidy up flower beds and borders. …
- Clean out and wash your greenhouse. …
- Sow any seeds that need a longer season. …
- Hunt down and remove garden pests. …
- Install water butts and start collecting rainwater. …
- Move deciduous shrubs. …
- Maintain fences, gates and trellis.
- Clean and sharpen gardening tools
- Create a composting area
11. Test Smoke Alarms
Test smoke alarms and CO detectors, and change out batteries as needed. It’s cheap, only takes a few minutes and can save your family’s lives. While you are changing batteries, you may want to check remote controls, alarm systems, thermostats, and kids toys.
12. Pressure Wash the House and Driveway
It is best not to pressure wash your house every year. But spring is a great time to check and do so if needed. The reason to wash a house is if it becomes dirty or has accumulated mildew. It’s a rare occurrence to have a significant accumulation of dirt unless there is new construction nearby. So mildew accumulation is generally the only reason to wash a house.