The birds are singing, the sun is shining, and some animals are running about. With all these activities going on, you will surely be excited about the arrival of springtime. If you’re being enthusiastic and energised about the bright and happy season, why not take a moment and do some spring cleaning and the needed home maintenance.
Clean Downspouts and Gutters
Debris on roofs can clog your gutters and can build up some damages that can otherwise easily be avoided by regular cleaning. Besides, downspouts flowing alongside your home may cause further problems.
Thus, consider extending the downspout at least 4 feet away from your house using a water extension. Once you fix the problem, you can have peace of mind knowing that you’ve done preventive measures to keep rainwater from pooling throughout your foundation.
Service Your Air Conditioning Unit
There’s nothing worse than having a broken air conditioning system when the warm weather is in full swing. That’s why it is best to check out your air conditioning unit to make sure that it will keep you fresh for the months to come.
To do so, change the system’s filter first. Clogged and stained filters can make your air conditioning units work harder, and may cost more to run. Indeed, it’s essential to get started on your air conditioning filter works before springtime so that you won’t start the season with that old and dirty one.
After cleaning the filters, turn your A/C on to check how it is cooling. If the system doesn’t start, check the fuses and circuit breakers. However, if it still can’t start up or provide sufficient cooling, call a professional for some ac repair and installations needed.
Fresh flowers and herbs are such a treat, and now is an excellent time to bring them back to your home if you have taken a break for winter, mainly if you’ve replaced them with silk or dried flowers in the colder months. Thus, give your vases a total wash to make them shine again, and replace those that look tired.
Bear in mind that cut flowers keep in water that’s changed every day, and dropping in a bit of bleach is an excellent tip to preserve freshness and keep bugs away. Moreover, when you arrange flowers in your vases, remove the debris of the lower stems of leaves as these can soon become a slimy mess.
Replace Damaged Windows and Screens
In springtime, we tend to have some unwanted visitors into our homes, the insects. During this season, a bunch of insects hatches and rise from their winter habitats, and they’ll be searching for a place to nest. Mosquitoes, ants, spiders, wasps, ladybugs, and more will begin to appear between your screens and windows, as well on your kitchen counters.
Though there are some preventive measures that you can take to eliminate insects like bugs, some insects like bees may need protection from being extinct. Thus, you can keep them away from your house safely by replacing those damaged windows and screens.
On the other hand, it is also best to remove and clean your storm windows that have endured the last months keeping the cold out. To make those windows sparkle, fill a spray container with window cleaning solution, use a squeegee or newspaper to make them streak free, and wear protective gloves if you have sensitive skin.
Get the Mess Cleaned up
Decluttering is an excellent way to keep your home away from stuff you no longer need or want. Not to mention, the advantages of owning fewer things at home may include fewer dust traps, fewer things to clean, less to organize, less stress, and more time to finish some things that you want to do.
After a long winter, spring’s warm winds and bright sun are signs of fresh air. However, it may leave you some damages and discomfort in your home including leaf-filled gutters, broken window screens, and clutters around your property. Hence, following those steps above, you can make your home ready and bloom when the spring comes.
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