Spring is almost coming and it is the perfect time of the year for repairing and cleaning your house for a fresh new start. Now that the cold winter will soon come to an end, let’s look at some ways where we can get a head start in preparing our home for the warmer days ahead.
1. Inspect Your Roof
Are the shingles on your roof still intact or do they need replacement? Are there any leaks? The roof has a tendency to be damaged especially after a rough winter. Spring would be the best time to have them inspected. While you’re at it, have the gutters cleaned and cleared from leaves, branches and debris that might have accumulated during the winter. Doing so will aid in the proper drainage for the coming rain showers.
2. Check Air Conditioners and Vents
After using heaters all throughout winter, it’s time to switch to air conditioners. It is important to check your air conditioning system first and make this as a priority. Who wants to be stuck in a summer heat wave and realize that their air conditioner is not working properly? Have it checked this early to save yourselves from being uncomfortable later on. Make sure you don’t forget to clean the air conditioner vents too.
3. Clean Up the Exteriors of Your Home
Cleaning the interiors of our homes is just as important as the outside. For all you know, the exteriors are more exposed to rough weather conditions during the cold winter months than inside our house. So, time to sweep and clear out those leaves, branches and debris that may have gathered from the winter. Wash windows from dirt, hose down wall sidings from grime, and check for any caulking around your windows and doors as well.
4. Prevent Bugs from Coming In
As soon as the first sign of spring comes up, bugs and pests usually also begin to appear. It’s better to prevent them from coming in the first place. Store dry goods in air tight containers, clean all trash cans and bins, and wash empty bottles and containers really well. Chop off branches or trim shrubs that may be touching the walls or the roof because a lot of times these are the ways where bugs can enter your house.
5. Do General Cleaning Around your House
If you haven’t cleaned and organized your home in a while, now is the time. Go through cabinets, drawers, boxes, bins and sort through your files. This can also be a good time to segregate those things you already don’t need and you may set them up for a garage sale later on. It is time to also store away those thick, fluffy and heavy winter coats, boots, scarves, bonnets, mittens, quilts, and all those seasonal decorations for the next winter. I know it all sounds overwhelming, but try doing it one room at a time until you get everything done.
6. Draw Some Cool and Fresh Air
Change the direction of your ceiling fan. Instead of having it blowing air upwards, keeping the air warm during winter, try switching it by blowing the air down. This creates a breeze-like effect and helps cool your home. Clean also your window treatments. Wash your curtains, draperies, windows and blinds. By doing this, it can help your home bring in some fresh air more easily.
7. Try using Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Fluorescent or CFL bulbs can make a difference in your home for two reasons. One, they have energy saving capabilities and two, they give off less heat. Switching to these kinds of bulbs is perfect for summer and hot seasons.
If ever your home needs a lot of work, especially if it’s more than you can handle, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You may need to have someone else do your repairs, wash your windows and wall sidings, trim or cut branches, or even clean your home interiors and exteriors. This is absolutely fine. Having someone to help you is a quicker way to get the job done. By following these basic tips, you can save yourself from worry in the long run. So work now then sit back and have a relaxing spring season.