Winter is finally over and spring is here! Everyone is ready to get outside. Even outdoor maintenance seems to excite people who have been cooped up all winter. If you’re looking for home maintenance ideas, below is a list of 5 spring cleaning chores to look into completing.
1. Clean Your Roof and Gutters
Cleaning out your gutters is probably one of the chores that should be completed every six months. It’s important to clean your roof and gutters every spring and every fall. Debris from the winter and fall can back up the gutters and cause issues.
Debris on the roof can create pools of water that can get under shingles. Now of course during the summer months there is less rain so less chance of damage occurring during the summer months. However, when winter rolls back around, it’s not wise to be up on the roof. So it is best to clean it now. If you are uncomfortable or unable to get on your roof, then there are many roof cleaning companies that you can hire out. Don’t risk getting on a ladder if it is something you are unsure of. It will cost a couple hundred dollars for you to get a company to clean your roof. However it can help the integrity of your roof in the long run.
2. Clean Your Air filters and HVAC
Spring is a great time to clean out your filters after a long winter. Cleaning air filters will help your HVAC run efficiently come summer time. Check your current filter for the right size and style. You can find the right type of air filters at your local hardware store or on Amazon.
Speaking of your HVAC, springtime is the perfect time to get your HVAC serviced. Average cost for HVAC service in Idaho goes between $100-200. A service visit includes checking coils, drains and motor operations. Sometimes, a technician can see if something is wrong and you can get it fixed before the summer heat hits.
Don’t be caught this summer without a working HVAC system.
3. Inspect Your Deck and Porch
Winters can be harsh on your deck and porches. Water damage can warp boards. It can also cause mold and rot to develop.
Check boards, railings, posts and beams to decks and porches for damage from winter weather. Make sure that railings and steps are secure. Do you have pieces that need to be replaced? What about needing another coat of stain?
Springtime is a good time to assess the condition of your deck before you start entertaining friends and family.
4. Clean Windows and Screens
Springtime is a great time to clean your windows, tracks and screens.
Most of us have cleaned a window or two, so the chore doesn’t need a lot of explaining.
Otherwise, all you need is some dish soap, water, a microfiber cloth, an applicator of some sort, squeegee and a step ladder to clean windows. Below is a youtube video explaining how to properly clean your windows.
How to clean windows like a pro, for beginners. Window cleaning like a boss. If you have tall/high windows, it may be best to hire a window cleaning company. Otherwise it is an easy task that any homeowner can do.
5. Clean out Dryer Vents
A clogged dryer vent can be a fire hazard. Not to mention, it doesn’t allow your clothing to dry all the way.
Cleaning out a dryer vent is easy with the correct tool. They are fairly inexpensive and can be found on Amazon here. You simply attach the extension brush to a drill and push it up and down your venting. It's simple and costs around $30 if you already have a drill.
It clears out your lint, removes the fire hazard and dries your clothes efficiently.
Regular home maintenance is worth the time and money because it preserves your home. While this is not a comprehensive list, you can get a good start on spring maintenance with this chore list. If you are unable to complete any of these projects, you can find companies that you can hire out to do them for you. Keeping up on these projects will benefit your home long term.