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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

Tracy Arnett

Determination and drive come naturally to Tracy...

Determination and drive come naturally to Tracy...

May 17 3 minutes read

Spring time is cleaning time !

The approaching first long weekend of “summer” may have you thinking of putting your feet up and enjoying some hopefully nice weather! 

But if you haven’t done your home’s spring maintenance checks yet, it’s a good idea to get them out of the way first.

The early spring chores — clearing snow away from your foundation or off your roof, for example — may be long gone, but there are still plenty of items to tackle to get your home ready for summer. Then you can put your feet up!

I don’t suggest you fill up your whole weekend with chores, but take a bit of time to knock these off:

❑ Now that you shouldn’t need them any longer, have your fireplace (gas, too!), wood stove and chimney cleaned and serviced.

❑ Shut down, drain and clean your furnace humidifier.

❑ Turn on the power to your air conditioner and check the system. (It should be serviced every 2-3 years.). Clean or replace the filter.

❑ Check your dehumidifier and drain. Clean if needed.

❑ Check smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms and replace batteries if you didn’t when the clocks changed.

❑ Clean windows, screens and hardware. Replace storm windows with screens. Let’s get that fresh air inside!

❑ If you haven’t yet, it should be safe to open the valve to your outside hose connection.

❑ Check your foundation walls for cracks, leaks or signs of moisture.

❑ Re-level any steps or decks that moved due to frost or settling.

❑ Check for and seal any holes in your exterior cladding that could allow in small pests.

❑ Clear your eavestroughs and downspouts of debris and check for loose connections. (Even if you did this one already, it’s a good idea to clean out your eavestrough regularly. You’d be surprised how quickly debris can accumulate.

❑ Clear all drainage ditches and culverts of debris.

❑ Itching to barbecue? Give yours a thorough cleaning first and check all parts for wear and tear.

❑ Give your lawn mower a tune up.

❑ Repair and paint fences where needed, but make sure wood fences are dry before tackling.

❑ Start your spring landscape maintenance; fertilize young trees if needed.

❑ Open up the pool if you have one and haven’t done this one yet.

❑ Get ready to start planting!

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