So, we still might be experiencing the full grip of winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be proactive and start thinking ahead to the warmer months of the year. If like me, you have a habit of leaving things until the last minute then you’re simply opening yourself up to a load of stress and frustration!
Getting yourself organized and your house ready for spring means that you’ll have more time to enjoy this fresh new season and consequently, you’ll get even more time with your family in the sun. Wondering where to start? Read on for my 5 steps to get your home ready for Spring.
Check your air conditioning unit
Spring isn’t just about cleaning, it’s all about preparing your home for the warmer months ahead – summer is all fun and games until your air conditioner stops working! And leaving an inspection or service until the last minute means you’ll probably be stuck on a waiting list for weeks on end. When you need air conditioning repairs it’s important to get the experts in during the cooler months, as you’ll have plenty of time to get things up and running again before the warmer days begin. Make sure you’re conducting regular maintenance on your AC unit, such as changing the heating and air filters every couple of months so it’s running efficiently and not costing you more than it should to run.
Get those windows gleaming
During the spring, we get to experience beautiful sunrises, spring flowers in full bloom and some long-awaited sunshine. But all that is difficult to enjoy if our windows are covered with dirt. Your windows and door screens work hard in the winter to keep out the cold, and as a result, they often get covered in dirt that’s kicked up from the roads and are left streaked after snow and rainfall. Giving them a quick clean with a homemade window cleaning solution will help you achieve a streak-free finish. While you’re at it, check your windows and screens for signs of damage, rot and mold and consider replacing damaged units.
Check your gutters and drains
Leaves, twigs and debris. All these things can quickly clog your gutters and cause some serious damage. Cleaning gutters isn’t as easy as it sounds, so consider hiring an expert if you’d prefer. The next time it rains, check that rain water is flowing as it should and draining away correctly.
Check out your garden equipment
Remember back in the autumn when you put everything in the garage and said you’d worry about it next year? Well, now is the time to get it all back out again. Check items such as your lawnmower for signs of damage or wear, give your gardening tools the once over and clean down your garden furniture.
Whilst you’re checking your gutters, inspect your roof for signs of damage caused by winter storms and general wear and tear. Loose or broken roof tiles, damage to your chimney or misaligned shingles will only lead to more problems further down the line. Call an expert for a thorough analysis.