On February 2nd Punxsutawney Phil stated we can expect an early Spring this year. This means it is the perfect time to get your home and garden ready for sunny days and warmer temps. We’ve all heard the term “spring cleaning,” and this month’s blog is going to give you a few tips on what you can do to make your home look and feel summer-ready.
In the Fall Maintenance blog, we shared some ideas on how to get your home winter ready. Many of those same tasks should be done in the Spring as well.
1. Clean the gutters
Make sure they don’t have holes and all the downspouts are still attached and taking water away from the house. Clogged gutters can also cause mosquito infestations, mold and mildew from decomposed leaves and other problems. Cleaning the gutters is an easy job that you could tackle yourself.
2. Get your air conditioner system ready
Change or wash your filters (which should be done monthly). Clean the coils and wash the condenser outside. Trim away any bushes away from the unit and make sure the drainage line isn’t clogged. The last thing you want is for your A/C unit to quit working on the hottest day of the year. Many HVAC service companies offer plans allowing them to come out and perform maintenance on your system periodically to help keep it running for a long time.
3. Power wash driveways and walkways
This is a chore that you can easily do yourself. You can rent a power washer at your local home improvement store and even borrow from a friend if you don’t have one. Power washing your home helps wash away discoloration and mold and mildew. Be careful before washing your wood deck as the force can strip away wood fibers.
4. Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
You should change the batteries in your smoke and carbon detectors at least twice a year (changing them when the time changes makes it easy to remember to do) and you should run a test monthly to make sure everything is running properly. This is not something you want to take for granted.
5. Fertilize your lawn
Investing in a push fertilizer spreader and some fertilizer will allow you to quickly and efficiently fertilize your lawn. This will help keep weeds and crab grass from ruining your green lawn during the summer.
6. Plant flowers for summer blooms
Planting seeds and bulbs in the spring will ensure bright beautiful blooms in the summer. Check out this website for tips when and what to plant in North Texas.
Spring is the perfect time to declutter and organize your home. Go through your closet and donate clothes and accessories that you have not worn in at least 6 months (or a year for seasonal). Take the time to organize by color to ease the stress of getting ready in the morning. Tackle that junk drawer(s) once and for all, and clean out your purse.
8. Deep clean and freshen
Your comforter and mattress pads need to be cleaned 2-3 times a year. While everything is washing, take the time to give your mattress a little TLC too by vacuuming the crevices with your vacuum attachment, spot clean any spots with some vinegar and baking soda and spray down with Lysol®. Curtains also need to be freshened up a couple of times a year. Always check the labels before putting anything in the washer machine.
These few chores will help make your home feel fresher and ready to enjoy during the lazy days of summer. For more ideas on spring cleaning your home, check out these websites: