5 Things to Do To Your Home This Spring
It may not feel like it, but spring will be here before we know it. The transition from Winter to Spring is one that often gets ignored as a home owner. I’m not really sure why that is but winterizing the home (which don’t get me wrong is extremely important) has some how taken the monopoly on preparation in transitions of seasons. We we think of spring we often think of the great, old classic cliche, spring cleaning. Now what that looks like is another story in and of itself. Getting your home ready for the warmer weather is a great opportunity to take some small steps to help maintain the condition and value of your home. So let’s dive into these simply, not very time consuming tasks.
1) Clean the Screens
It is one of those things that are often overlooked but do yourself a favour and conduct a little experiment. If you have screens in your windows, pop one of them off, take a light coloured damp cloth and give them a wipe. It is amazing how much dirt, dust and grime that can build up on those during the spring, summer and fall. When spring hits and you want to open up those windows and get that beautiful breeze blowing through, don’t let that all that junk be blown in with it. Taking a weekend and giving them a good clean will help improve the air quality in the home, lower the dust and just look a lot better.
Not the most glamorous activity I know. It involves getting that dreaded ladder out, climbing up and empty out the “who-knows-what” that has been collecting up there for the past few months. Again, not glamorous, but is an important activity that should be done at least one a year. Blocked gutters can cause real havoc. Getting the water away from ones home is crucial. With blocked and clogged gutters, water can pool, drip and drain into all those areas of a home an can damage that can take a heavy hit on the wallet when it comes to repairs. So climb up (or get someone who can do it for you) and clean them out, your home and your bank account will thank you in the long run.
3) Floors, Floors, Floors…
Spring is the perfect time of year to go do a deep clean on the floors. Like the screens, it is incredible how much dirt, and during the winter months, salt has come in during the other three seasons. Doesn’t matter if its hardwood, laminate, tile or carpet, there are a ton of great services and products that can help you bring those items back to life for not a lot of money. And if you are looking to sell your home in the spring, this can truly help bring an extra bit of life back to your home. It amazes me how many times people do not focus on floors and trust me, buyers are looking at them.
4) Empty the Freezer
If your house is like mine, the freezer throughout the year can start to look like a frozen graveyard. Things are stuck in, piled up, shoved to the back and forgotten, as terrible as it is. A good spring purge should include the freezer. Go through it, use up what you can, clean out the 5 leaky popsicles that have stained the bottom and get rid of the rest that are past date. You just might save some money on your next grocery run as well if you can find this week’s meals in your fridge.
How old is your home? The answer doesn’t really matter because year in and year out, dust and dirt build up in the duct work of your home. However, the older the home, the great chance there is that this simple task may have never been done. If you home is 30 years old and the duct work has never been cleaned, that’s 30 years of stuff gathering in their and blowing throughout your home every time you turn on your air conditioning or furnace. This is an easy fix. There are several companies that, for around $300, will come in and thoroughly blow out all of gunk that has build up. We recently had it done at our home when we moved in, and it was worth every penny. It was incredible to hear and see how much stuff was in there and in our air. This also helps keep your furnace and AC in top working shape.
Try some of these simple activities this spring. They don’t take a lot of time but can make a big difference in helping maintain your home and enjoy it to the fullest.