No matter what the groundhog may have predicted on Groundhog Day, spring is almost here!
That means getting things in order. A checklist is the perfect first step because it helps you organize what you want to accomplish and allows you to plan projects to be done over several days (avoiding the inevitable “spring cleaning burnout”).
10 Clicks for Your Spring Cleaning Checklist:
- Check for loose or leaky gutters – These can cause damage during spring rains.
- Fill in low areas in your yard – Look for ground that may have washed away from the house foundation or other structures on your property by a winter storm and snow runoff.
- Inspect the wood trim on windows and doors – Replace any rotted wood and prevent further damage.
- Visually check roof shingles – Missing shingles due to storms can be easily replaced.
- Examine the chimney – Do you notice any excess smoke stains? You might want to get a professional chimney sweep out to inspect.
- Walk your driveway and look for cracks – Fill any cracks with concrete filler. You can winter it later in the spring and apply a sealant.
- Remove firewood stored near the house – Be careful of unwanted house guests taking up residence in the wood over the winter.
- Give your house a good dusting – Don’t overlook the ceiling fans, tops of cabinets, air returns and vents. A shop vacuum will help this process.
- Get your AC system professionally serviced – Doing it early allows you to avoid the rush later when warm weather arrives.
- Inspect your lawn equipment – If you winterized it, then you are ahead of the game. If not, now is a good time to get oil changed and mower blades sharpened.
Inspect Your Yard for Damaged Trees and Shrubs
Walk around and inspect your landscape. If you have lost trees or shrubs due to the cold weather, cut them down. Note how many plants you need to replace them. (You may be able to catch them on sale!). Always use caution when cutting down large limbs; it is best to have a second pair of hands available for safety.
Plan Your Storm Window Removal
We may have a few more weeks of winter weather ahead, so plan when you want to take your storm windows down. Give your windows a thorough cleaning inside and out, once you do. (You may want to use a pressure washer outside). Don’t forget to clean the blinds or curtains, too.
Assess Your Home’s Condition with Spring Cleaning
Winter can be rough on our homes. A good spring cleaning is one way to assess the condition of your property and to welcome the return of warmer weather. Showing your house a little TLC now may save you from costly repairs down the road. That’s got to warm your heart (and your pocketbook).
From ladders and pressure washers to nail guns and chain saws, our expert staff is always on hand to help you find the right equipment to tackle your spring cleaning checklist. Looking for a few more indoor spring projects? Another one of our blogs, DIY Projects – Spring Cleaning Ideas and Inspiration, will help get those organizational ideas going. As always, if you have any questions about what to choose, pricing or how-to’s, don’t hesitate to contact us. Stop by our store — we’re open seven days a week.