Friday April 12, 2013
Prep your home for spring with these spring home maintenance tips!
Tips on Taking Care of Your New Home this Spring
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping… it’s springtime! Now that the weather has warmed, here are a few spring home maintenance tips that will have you primed to keep your home at its best this spring:
- Check Your Gutters – Winter storms and autumn leaves can clog up your gutters, preventing your home from draining properly. Visually inspect your gutters and clear away any leaves or debris so you’re all ready for those “April Showers”.
- Refrigerator Cleaning – To get ready for all the fresh spring produce coming your way, clear out and clean your refrigerator and freezer. Consider using an antibacterial cleaner to get rid of any lingering germs. If you have ice cube trays, send them for a spin in the dishwasher.
- Get Your Tools Ready – Ensure that your gas and battery-powered yard tools are powered up and ready for use. Consider having a professional sharpen the blades on your lawnmower to make yard work easier!
- Air Filters – Now is a great time to change the air filters on your heating and cooling systems to clear away the winter dust and ensure you’ll have fresh air throughout your home. Air filters should be changed approximately every three months (although some air filters require monthly changes – check the documentation on your air conditioning unit and heating system to find out what air filters to use and when to change them!).
- Prep Your Lawn for Spring – Our spring home maintenance tips also cover your outdoor living space. Clear away any leaves, debris and weeds you may have missed over the winter – you’ll give your lawn room to breathe and grow!
- Check Your Batteries – Here’s one of our most important spring home maintenance tips – because it’s about your safety! With the coming of each new season, make it a habit to test out the batteries on your smoke and CO2 detectors.
- Cut Shrubs and Trees – To prevent your plans from impacting your home, trim overgrown trees and shrubs. Tree branches should be about 7 feet away from your home.
- Sump Pump Maintenance – Before the rainy season hits, check your sump pump for proper operation and replace the batteries in the backup.
- Oven and Stove Top – Run the cleaning cycle on your oven (better now than when it gets extra-hot outside!) and thoroughly clean your stove top to prevent built-up grease from becoming a fire hazard.
- Fire Extinguisher Check-Up – Check, test and replace your fire extinguishers as needed. Check the gauges on each unit to ensure they are charged and ready for use.
We hope you enjoyed our spring home maintenance tips! Stay tuned throughout the year for more great ideas on keeping your home at its best.