12 Tips to Get Your Home Ready For Spring
Top Tips to Get Your Home Ready For Spring
Spring has sprung! Sprang? Well, however you say it… it’s time for spring in Michigan. I know that we all can’t wait for snow to melt and warmer weather to get here, but is your home spring ready? Don’t worry, we have you covered! Take a look at the list we have complied for you below. These are the top tips to get your home ready for spring. Ready. Set. Go!
Test Smoke Alarms
Make sure you are changing out the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This is a fairly inexpensive, and only takes a few minutes to do. This simple check can be the difference in life or death for your family.
Check Exterior Vents
If your home has a crawlspace, it has vents along the exterior foundation of your home. These vents provide a barrier from critters getting into the crawlspace, and also allows air circulation to prevent mold growth. But, these vents also collect a ton of excess build up during the fall and winter seasons. Once the snow starts melting, spring is the perfect time to check for any damage, or debris build up of your vents. Replace any damaged vents quickly to prevent rodents and critters getting into your crawlspace.
Clean Shower Heads and Faucets
A simple mixture of vinegar and water will have them looking, and running like new. Mix equals parts water and vinegar, allow them to soak for at least an hour, then rinse with warm water. You’ll swear you bought brand new heads with this hack.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Make sure you have someone to hold your ladder for you while you complete this task. Clean out as much of the debris that you can with your hands, then you can use a hose for the rest. Take the spray nozzle of the hose, then place the hose into the downspout. The hose will have all(most) of the debris flowing out freely.
Clean Outdoor Furniture
You will be entertaining outside again before you know it. There are so many different kinds of outdoor furniture, and materials. It is best to make sure you are cleaning those materials correctly. You can check out the complete list of cleaning outdoor furniture here.
Keep Those Allergens At Bay
Spring is one of the worst times for allergies. Follow these 5 steps for an allergy free home .
Replace All Filters
This includes air vent filters, water filters, furnace filters, air conditioning filter, and filters over your range hood. These filters should be cleaned out every 3-6 months.
Clean The Grill
Sitting outside all winter long surely has your grill collecting dust. Whether you have a gas, or charcoal grill, these maintenance tips will give your grill life.
Clean Out Your Dryer Vent
This is one of the most important things you can in your home. When your dryer vent is not cleaned properly it can be a fire hazard. To clean the vent, you are going to disconnect the vent from the back of the machine. Then, you can use a dryer vent brush to remove lint. After you have thoroughly cleaned the dryer vent inside the home, head outside. Remove the vent cover and use a dryer vent brush to clean this as well. Make sure to replace the vent cover properly when closing it.
Scrub Those Baseboards, Outlet Covers, And Walls
Using a sponge, and soapy water, be sure to clean every wall in each room in your home. Using any water and soap that dripped down,scrub the baseboards. Be sure not to forget the outlet covers in each room. Make sure the outlet covers have completely dried before placing them back on outlets. This would be a good time to swap out those outlet covers for an easy remodel of your room.
Clean Interior and Exterior Windows
Be sure to clean the windows in each room of your house. This helps reduce allergens, and helps for a clean home. You can choose to clean the exterior windows yourself (if you can reach them) or, hire a window washing company to do this for you. Exterior windows get very dirty and have debris from the snow, ice, and salt of the winter months.
Freshen Up Flower Beds and Landscaping
Now is the perfect time to til flower beds, gardens, and freshen up your landscaping. Make sure the soil is ready for those perennials to be planted. Trim up trees and bushes. Get your garden ready for all those yummy plants. Add new rocks and bricks to the exterior of your flower beds. Add solar lights to pathways. These are just a few ways to ensure your yard is spring ready.
Here in Michigan, we are ready for the snow to melt and warm weather to come! With our helpful list of tips to get your home ready for spring, your house will be the envy of the neighborhood!