When the cold winter months come to an end and the weather starts warming up, it is the perfect time to get your home ready for the spring and summer months. There are a few things that you should take care of so that your home is ready for the summer. Some can be done in less than an hour, others may take a few days.
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Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes
When the weather warms up and the days get longer it is a good sign that mosquito season is upon you. If you want to keep your yard mosquito-free, there are a few steps that you should take. First, check your property for any standing water. If there are any open containers on your property such as empty flower pots or a wheelbarrow that could have collected water. These make for a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. If you dump out any standing water, you have a good chance of keeping the mosquitoes at bay.
Inspect Your Driveway and Walkways
The cold weather of winter can be very hard on your concrete or asphalt driveways or walkways. When these surfaces freeze and thaw all winter long, it can result in cracks. These cracks can create a walking hazard and they can be difficult on your vehicle. Inspecting these areas should be on your spring cleanup list. You should have the crack repaired early to avoid further damage.
Clean Out Your Recycle Bins and Trash Cans
When it is cold outside and there is snow on the ground, there is a good chance that you aren’t going to take the time to wash out your trash cans and recycle bins. If you are like most people, you turn off the water to your outside hoses to keep the lines from freezing. This makes it impossible to properly clean the cans and bins. When they are empty, spray them with a household cleaner and add some water. Allow them to soak for a bit to make cleaning easier. If there is any debris on the inside of the cans and bins, use a scrub brush to remove it and rinse the cans completely.
Complete These During the Weekend
De-Clutter Your Home
To keep your home neat and tidy, you should spend a weekend doing spring cleaning. One of the most important parts of spring cleaning is to remove the clutter from your home. You should go through your drawers, closets, basement, attic, and your garage. If you find things that you haven’t used in a long time and you likely won’t use again, you should get rid of them. If these things are in poor condition, you should throw them out. If they are in good condition, you can either donate them or have a yard sale to make some money.
Test Your Sprinkler and Irrigation System
Before the weather gets hot, you should make sure that your sprinkler and irrigation systems are working properly. If you find any issues, you should contact a professional to make the necessary repairs before you really need these systems to be functioning.
Schedule Your Air Conditioning Maintenance
Before cooling season, you should make an appointment to have the system inspected and maintained. If there are any repairs that need to be made, you will want it done before you depend on your air conditioning system to keep your home comfortable.
Inspect Your Window Screens and Your Screen Doors
When the weather warms up, you are going to want to open your doors and windows to let the fresh air in. When you open the doors and windows, you don’t want insects finding their way into the home through holes in the screens. To keep this from happening, inspect each screen. If any of them are damaged, make the necessary repairs or replace the screen. Also, pollen and grime can build up on the screens so you should wipe them all down during the inspection.
Clean the Gutters and Downspouts
Spring is typically the rainiest season of the year. This is when you need your gutters the most. If they are full of debris, they will become clogged and the water will pool inside. If you are capable of doing so, you can clean the gutters yourself. If not, you should hire a company who performs this service.