September 06, 2016
Spring is here at last. And Summer is not that far away.
It is a wonderful time of year. As we emerge from the depths of winter and those cold days it is a good idea to give your home a once over before the full arrival of Spring and Summer.
Now before you settle back and enjoy the long warm days of summer a few little things need to be done. It is a good time to give your lovely home a check and clean to give it a lift for those summer days.
A little bit of preparation now will save you headaches in the future. You want to enjoy those lovely BBQ’s and entertaining friends and family outside.
Before you start anything check your cleaning supplies If you find you’re out of paper towels or running low on Windex, in the middle of cleaning what a pain. Make a list and top up your supplies and pick them up next time you are shopping.
Spring is the perfect time to give your yard a little TLC. Set aside time to check all of your outdoor power equipment, especially those requiring fuel or batteries.
Make sure you have backup batteries and fuel cans on hand, as finding yourself out of power in the middle of a project is not fun.
Get the most out of manicuring your lawn by sharpening the blades on your mower.
Get your shed organized before you begin so that everything will flow easily for you.
To prevent leaking, take the time to examine your roof for obvious signs of damage. If you’re concerned about the condition of your roof, consider contacting a roofing professional to evaluate the damaged areas.
Cold weather, can affect the condition of your driveway. You’ll want to patch all cracks and determine if it's time again to coat your driveway with sealer.
Check your smoke detectors and their batteries.
Check your air-conditioner, clean the filters and test the cooling function for summer.
Organise a service call on your air-conditioner if you feel that it is required. You don’t want to be without your air-conditioner during the middle of the summer heat.
Check your BBQ and give it a clean.
You don’t want to go to use your barbie during Spring and Summer and find you have to give it a clean just before your guests turn up.
Check or fill your gas bottle so you start the season with a full bottle.
Every gardener’s personal nightmare is a yard full of weeds. Be proactive and avoid this problem by applying fertilizer and weed preventer before the pesky green tufts sprout. If you apply it too late, it can prove to be a daunting task trying to catch up.
In addition to fertilizing, preparing your perennial flower beds early, before the plants begin to grow and spread out, will make your job much easier. This is also a good time to lay down fresh compost and mulch and also pluck unwanted weeds.
Prune your trees and shrubs
Clear old leaves and unruly weeds from your garden to get it in pristine shape for planting
Your windows need to be washed in the springtime, both inside and out. While washing your windows, inspect the window screens for signs of distress, rips, and tears.
Wash the screens in good condition, and replace damaged ones. While your focus in on your windows, check the sealant to ensure there aren’t any leaks.
Your gutters will be getting a lot of action during the winter rains. Hopefully, you cleaned your gutters during Autumn, be sure to double-check for debris buildup, especially if your yard has a lot of tall trees.
Check the downspout for cracks or signs of damage, and be sure to point them away from your home’s foundation.
Is the exterior of your home looking tired? Consider repainting for a fresh, new look. Painters get booked up early on during the spring and summer months, so be sure to get a head start and make an appointment as soon as possible.
Consider a touch up for your doors and windows.
Refresh your floors with a deep clean or polish
Dry clean your curtains, dust off blinds and clean your windows
Spot clean your furniture
For a handy checklist for cleaning each room during Spring check out this article.
Now time to relax and enjoy the good weather.
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