With the first full day of spring upon us, it's time to think about spring cleaning! Regular cleaning and home maintenance can help homeowners avoid costly repairs in the future. Here is a checklist to help you get started with your spring cleaning and maintenance projects:
- Weed, trim shrubs and trees, and clear any overgrowth from flower beds, sidewalks and driveways. Lay down mulch to create a clean and well-kept look for all your landscaping. Mulch is also a great way to keep weeds down and is easy to maintain.
- Check your exterior walls, windows and foundation for possible moisture leaks. Look for mold or other signs of water damage and repair immediately.
- Powerwash your home's exterior if it's vinyl siding or brick, or apply a fresh coat of paint to wood siding.
- Clean out gutters and clear any debris from the roof. Double check downspouts.
- If your lawn is patchy, try a seed and fertilizer combination made specifically for filling in patchy grass areas.
- Change furnace filters and vacuum air vents to remove dirt and dust.
- Wash your windows, inside and out. Take out screens and hose them down as well, as they often collect dirt. There are now products that you attach to your outside water hose that allow you to spray with cleaner and rinse second story and out-of-reach windows.
- Clean out cupboards, closets, drawers and the refridgerator and freezer. Donate unused clothing and household items, or plan a yard or garage sale.
- Wipe down floorboards and door and window trim. Vacuum or dust blinds and curtains.
- Vacuum under furniture and in areas you usually skip during regular cleaning.