This has been a crazy winter! The entire nation has seen bone-chilling temperatures. Some states are still digging out of the snow. Here in the Austin area we have seen a lot of delayed starts of schools and businesses as well as “snow days” that didn’t really see snow as much as cars on the road running into each other from all of the ice! I think we were all hoping that the groundhog would predict an early spring – but he didn’t. And, apparently, he was right. But, no matter how hard your heater has been working this winter, Spring is just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about home maintenance to keep your home in tip-top shape. Let’s face it…here in the Austin area we will be complaining about the heat in no time!
Home Maintenance To Be Done in the Spring
There are certain home maintenance items that are usually performed at certain times of the year. It is always good to have a checklist for home maintenance. Just like you prefer a schedule, your house does too. For example, it is recommended that batteries in smoke detectors be replaced every 6 months. It is a common practice to perform this task when we have a time change in the Spring or Fall (either going onto or coming off of Daylight Saving Time). This is also a good time to check your Carbon Monoxide detector. By having a set schedule for this very important and potentially life-saving task, it doesn’t get forgotten as easily as if we just put it on some “to do” list that never really gets a second glance.
A few recommended Spring home maintenance tips offered by our friends at HGTV follow:
- Check for loose or leaky gutters and clean them out. – We are in a drought here in the Austin area right now but it will rain again sometime.
- Fill in low areas of your yard with soil. – We don’t want to give the mosquitos a place to hang out when the rain does finally come back.
- From the ground, take a look at your roof shingles. – You may want to start saving for a new one.
- Remove any firewood that you stored near your home. – I know you have been keeping the fireplace running this winter but keep the wood away from your home. It should be at least 18” off the ground and 2 feet from your home.
- Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. – This isn’t one that we think about in Central Texas too often but we had a lot of freezing temperatures this winter.
- Inspect and clean your lawn equipment. – You want to be ready to be the envy of your neighbors.
These are just a few home maintenance items to get you started getting your home ready for Spring. For now, stay warm and know that Spring is on its way. In the meantime, you can begin working on getting your home ready for the sunshine. Do you have any springtime home maintenance tips that you would like to share? Please let me hear about them in the comments section below.