When old-man winter finally leaves and gives way to spring, here's how to freshen up for the season...
Have your house throughly cleaned by a pro
- Why: No better time than the spring to do some spring cleaning. To get organized, take a look at our Pinterest board for ideas.
- Who can help: Contact a housekeeping service
- Why: Because it's fun to have new paint, and you deserve it. Need some inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board for amazing wall decor.
- Who can help: Call a painter
Service the heating and A/C system
- Why: After the harsh winter cold where you probably kept the heat going more than usual, you'll want to get the entire system checked to make sure everything is in working order.
- Who can help: Heating and cooling professional
Clean your carpets
- Why: Helps the overall appearance and makes them last longer.
- Who can help: Call a professional carpet cleaner
Drain your hot water heater (or go tankless)
- Why: It prolongs the life of the hot water heater if you remove minerals left behind in the tank. Clogged drain valves slow down the efficiency of the hot water heater, costing you more money in the long run.
- Who can help: Consult with a professional plumber
Reseal your deck
- Why: Not resealing and/or staining your deck every year causes discoloration, dirtiness, roughness, and the likelihood of splintering.
- Who can help: Find a local deck professional
Cut back vegetation and overgrown bushes
- Why: By not trimming them back, you're actually stunting growth.
- Who can help: Contact your local landscaping professionals
Check and service your swimming pool
- Why: Since your pool was shut down for the winter, you'll need to verify that the filtration system and other parts are in working order before you jump in for the first cannonball of the swim season.
- Who can help: Call one of the local pool service professionals
Need a summer lawn care plan? Contact a pro
- Why: Though the spring is when the grass starts to grow, you'll need a plan to prepare for the hot summer months when lawns are stressed and weeds can potentially take over.
- Who can help: Find a qualified lawn professional that can get you on a program that will ensure the life of your lawn.
Exterior, Basement, & Foundation
Clean gutters and downspouts
- Why: Prevents damage to your home's interior if flooding occurs through the foundation and walls. Clogged gutters cause water to sit, possibly allowing the water to seep in near your roof.
- Who can help: Call a gutter professional
Check the roof for needed repairs
- Why: A leaky or damaged roof can cause major problems to the inside of your home, resulting in expensive repair costs. You'll want to inspect both the inside and outside of your home to discover possible warning signs of roof damage.
- Who can help: Find a top-rated roofing contractor
Inspect the basement for moisture and rotten wood
- Why: Wet basements and rotted wood often mean that there is a leaky pipe in the walls, a downspout that isn't draining away from the house, or possibly moisture coming in through a cracked concrete foundation.
- Who can help: Contact a water and fire damage professional
Check siding for evidence of decay, splitting, cracking, or insect damage
- Why: Regular maintenance keeps your siding looking new and lasting longer against the elements and unwanted pests.
- Who can help: Find a siding specialist
Pressure wash your house
- Why: Removes harmful mold and mildew as well as gets rid of dirt that makes your home look older. Brightens sidewalks and driveways to complement the rest of the landscaping.
- Who can help: Locate one of the many pressure-washing professionals
Check your foundation, walls, and concrete floors
- Why: If your home has symptoms of foundation problems like cracks in walls, sticking and swinging doors, or uneven floors, it may need foundation repair.
- Who can help: Contact an experienced contractor
Check your driveway for cracks
- Why: You want to avoid cracks in the driveway that age your home. Also, some cracks are so severe that they could be considered safety hazards.
- Who can help: Find a concrete pro