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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist | Key Residential

The weather may still be trying to sort itself out, but spring is officially here. And the start of a new season is the perfect time to get a few things done around the house. The start of spring means it is time to come out of winter hibernation and prepare for the hot days of summer, which in turn lends itself to several projects around the home that are ideal for this time of year. It may seem like work now, but you'll thank yourself in the long run for getting it done early, especially since it will save you from having to do some of this work outside with the blazing summer sun beating down on you.

1. Inspect Your Roof - As the weather starts to heat up and the spring storms start rolling in, this is the perfect time to asses any damage done to your roof throughout the winter months. Winter weather can do a real number on your roof, especially if you live in an area where ice and snow were an issue. You don't want to find out you have a damaged roof when it starts raining water inside your home during a storm.

2. Check Your Gutters - While you're looking at the roof it would be a good idea to also look at your gutters to make sure they are in good condition and not backed up. Blocked gutters will only cause further issues to the roof when it rains and water can't drain properly.

3. Prep Your Closet - It's time to get the warm weather clothes back out and in the front of your closet. Take the time to inspect the items you are adding back in to your wardrobe. If something is out of style or doesn't fit anymore then donate or sell it. Set aside anything that needs mending and plan to get it fixed soon so that you can enjoy the item all season long. And as you put away your winter clothes do the same. Donate/sell anything you didn't wear or don't plan on wearing next season and mend anything that needs it now so that it is ready to go in the fall.

4. Decorate with Fresh Flowers or Plants - Here's a relatively easy task to accomplish - add some plant life to your indoor decorations. It will help bring the feeling of spring freshness inside, even if the outdoor weather is still a little bit chilly and doesn't completely feel like spring yet.

5. Clean Windows - With spring comes blooming plants, the return of wildlife, and that wonderful warmth from the sunshine that was missing during the cold winter months. Don't let yourself miss out on the sights of spring because you can't see it clearly out of dirty windows. Use the changing of the seasons as an excuse to do a good deep clean of your windows, both inside and out. The weather won't be too cold or too hot outside to be working in, and it fits in perfectly with the next item on the checklist.

6. Clean Up Outdoor Living Areas - The weather outside might not be quite what you need in order to commit to long hours spent outside just quite yet, but it will be here before you know it. Get your outdoor living spaces cleaned up now so that you are ready to go the moment the weather is right. Also take stock of just what your outdoor living amenities are and what you might need in the coming months. Stores are already stocking their summer gear and by shopping early you will have more options to pick from.

7. Prep Your Garden and Landscaping - Regardless of what type of plants you plan on using in your garden, spring is a good time to make sure the ground and soil is prepped and ready to go. Find out what nutrients will be needed for your plants to thrive and make sure the ground is stocked with them. Add mulch back into areas where the covering has gotten too thin. Trim back any tree branches that may have died during the winter. And don't neglect your hardscaping. Look for cracks in concrete and get them fixed before they get worse.

8. Declutter Around the House - Chances are you've probably built up some clutter in your home over the winter. Or even if you didn't, it is always good to take some time to go through what you have and weed out anything unwanted, broken, or outdated. A good declutter will also allow you to take stock of what you have and what may be missing. And it will feel like a breath of fresh air to get your home decluttered and cleaned up.

9. Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor - Now that all the hard work is done it is time to sit back, relax, and make plans for how you want to enjoy the coming months of warm and pleasant weather.

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