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Spring has sprung! See my Instagram feed as proof. I cannot stop taking pictures of flowers. You guys, I seriously can’t stop. Addict status. Slightly warmer breezes flowing through newly opened windows, and the sun breaking through for the first time this year, also means it’s time to start thinking about Spring Home Maintenance.
Oh no you say! I can hear the collective groan right now. Because, the thing you want to do most when it’s nice outside for the first time all year is stay indoors and clean, right? Believe me, I am right there with you. I want to get out in that sunshine, smell those flowers, and do all the things I haven’t been able to while cooped up inside all Winter. But, I also know making the sacrifice and doing a few, simple things around the home now will mean enjoying the rest of Spring and Summer later on. Here are my Spring Home Maintenance tips.
Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers are important parts of a home that can keep us safe. We all know this. We all also know there is nothing, in the entire world, more annoying than when you’re just about to fall asleep and the battery starts beeping on your smoke detector. Nothing. So a great practice is to not let that happen by once a year changing your batteries in your detectors and refilling your fire extinguisher.
Oh the love hate relationship we all have with the water heater. That glorious water heater that gives us that scalding hot shower to get us going in the morning. Unless of course you are the second or third person in the shower where lukewarm turns to freezing in a nanosecond flat. But, this Spring, show your water heater some love, check for leaks, corrosion and drain to remove and built up sediment.
You know the old saying, what do we all love doing instead of being out in the sunshine? Getting our furnace serviced. Wait, no, that’s not how it goes. But, this is a perfect time to change the filter and get the furnace’s annual service.
A couple years ago I was living in a rental and cleaned out the exhaust duct and removed all the lint and dust from my dryer I was shocked. Shocked that 1) my dryer was at all capable of drying clothes with that much lint crammed in it and 2) I hadn’t set the house on fire. I always say I’m lucky but that really was just pure luck. So, now I make sure that is something I do at least annually. And, I am happy to report back that I still have never burnt the house down.
Let me tell you what I do not do all winter long, get outside in the freezing cold rain/snow to clean my windows. There are months and months that my windows do not get cleaned. And, by the time Spring rolls around, it shows. Since I want all that sunshine to get in my house and not be stopped and reflected back by the grime on my windows this is the perfect time to get those cleaned and pop in screens so I can open my windows and remain a bug free zone.
This one I leave all for the handsome fella in my life. I don’t know what it is about the male psyche that makes all men love to power wash but power to them! I will happily sit back and let him have his fun. And boy, the deck, driveway and sidewalk look so good after he does his power washing thing to get rid of all the moss and mildew that built up over winter.
When are you scheduling your Spring Home Maintenance this year?