Spring is fast approaching – how will you make the most of the season in Central New Jersey? Preparing your home for spring will help keep your property in great shape.
Pack away seasonal decor
If you’ve been putting off taking down your Christmas decorations, now’s the time to do it. Pack away seasonal housewares and clothes, such as thick, fleece blankets and heavy winter coats. Put everything in storage in the attic or basement. Make sure everything is packed properly in airtight containers to keep the items from getting damaged during storage.
Assess the overall condition of your home
Once the snow has been cleared from your property, it’s time to assess your home from roof to gutter and think of ways to get ready for the warmer months ahead. Inspect your pipes and electrical and HVAC systems for any damage that may have developed over the winter months. Consider getting a professional inspection to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Make a spring cleaning checklist
After identifying any issues that need fixing, it’s time to make a detailed list of things to do. Set a realistic timeline for spring cleaning and maintenance work – if you have a lot on your plate, consider getting professional cleaning and maintenance services to make sure that everything gets done on time. This will also help you determine the amount of money you’ll need to set aside for services.
Give your appliances a thorough cleaning
Give your air conditioner, vents, dryer, and washer a thorough cleaning. Replace the filters and remove lint from dryer vents to ensure that everything is working smoothly in time for the warmer months. Refrigerators and freezers should also be cleaned and the back of the units dusted to prevent a build-up of dirt on the coils. Consider repairing or replacing units that aren’t working properly.
Clear your gutters and downspouts
Clear your gutters and downspouts in time for spring and check your roof vents for any leaks and blockages. Hire a professional chimney sweep to clear the chimney at the end of the winter season to prevent accidental fires. Spring is also a great time to aerate your lawn to remove tiny cores of soil and promote healthy plant growth. If your trees and shrubs show signs of ice damage, remove dead and dangling branches as soon as possible to prevent accidents on the property.
Check your home exterior
Check your home exterior for loose or damaged shingles and siding that can potentially cause leaks, water stains, mold, mildew, or damage to your drywall. Keep an eye out for gaps around doors and windows that can affect your home’s insulation in the spring. The same goes for rotting frames and seals that allow water to seep into the interior of the home and replace caulking as needed. Examine your patio and deck for leaks, damage, and loose flooring, railings, and steps.