Spring Cleaning: 12 Items to Inspect as Winter Thaws

Now that winter is safely behind us, it is time to make sure your home is in tip top shape for the Spring/Summer season. Taking a few moments to check the following 12 items in your home can save you time and money in maintenance down the road.

  • Inspect the roof and gutters. Check the roof for damage; it’s been taking a beating all season. Then clear gutters of debris; a clog can lead to water damage.
  • Check the HVAC system. Hire a professional to clean and service your system. You also should clean or replace filters; it’ll help ensure your system is running efficiently, keep energy costs in check and remove extra allergens from your home.
  • Clean and repair driveways, fences, decks and patios. Spray away salt, sand and deicers. Then fill any cracks, holes or gaps.
  • Examine windows, doors and seals. Look for damage. Sealants can crack in extreme cold, leading to water damage and drafts. Clean the window panes, drapes and blinds too.
  • Inspect paint inside and outside. Make any necessary paint repairs or try a fresh look.
  • Replace smoke detector batteries. If you didn’t do this when daylight saving time began, do it now.
  • Steam-clean floors and carpets. Remove salt, sand and deicing chemicals.
  • Examine your chimney. Hire a chimney sweep to check the exterior for damage and clean the flue.
  • Vacuum underneath and behind your refrigerator. A dusty, dirty fridge also increases electric bills.
  • Clean out the refrigerator, freezer and pantry. Toss expired foods, clean surfaces and reorganize.
  • Declutter closets. Donate, repurpose, recycle or set aside clothes for a garage sale.
  • Prepare lawn equipment. Make sure your lawn mower and weed whacker are clean, gassed up and ready for the first spring cut.





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