Spring Cleaning: What To Look For!

No matter what the weather is like in your area, it is officially spring time and time for spring cleaning. Spring is also a great time to inspect your house after the winter chill is over and see if you need more storage, a maid service to help out, or a professional organizer. Many people don't realize what type of home maintenance they need to do.

Many spots on the inside and outside of your home need to be inspected to make sure that damage hasn't been occurring quietly over the winter, or maybe even longer. Spring will bring wet weather followed by some intense heat. If your walls, windows or other areas have been compromised by the winter weather, you need to know now. Start by checking indoors, and remember that just because it isn't damaged doesn't mean that it doesn't need to be cleaned. If you are uncomfortable with doing this work, hire a handyman to do this for you.

Indoors

Painting: Check the walls and woodwork. Make a list of anything that needs painting or staining.

Air Conditioning: Have your air conditioner or evaporative cooler serviced and replace all filters. Have ducts and vents professionally cleaned. An attic or whole house fan might be an appropriate solution for drawing warm air from the lower levels of your home.

Carpets: Have your carpets professionally cleaned. Carpet can get dirtier day by day in the winter without any doors and windows open. Most likely it is much more filthy than you think.

Cleaning: Dust and clean light fixtures and ceiling fans. If you have wood floors, don't forget to dust underneath the furniture. Clean all the windows you can reach. Hire professional window washers for the ones you can't, both inside and out.

Outdoors

Painting: On wood siding and trim, look for paint that is lifting or peeling and for splitting wood or areas where the wood grain is separating from water getting into the wood. Hiring a professional painter to waterproof and paint your house now will fill gaps and help your wood siding and trim last longer, saving you money in the long run.

On stucco, if you can rub a chalky residue onto your hand, oxidation of the paint or color coat is reducing the stucco's insulating value. A siding contractor needs to take a closer look at this.

Cleaning: Sweep off all spider webs and dirt from the exterior window sills and clean the glass. Remove storm windows or doors, and replace with clean screens.

Deck: Check the deck. If it looks worn, hire a deck contractor to power wash, sand, and reseal your deck before it is exposed to the heat. This contractor can also replace splintered or worn deck boards. If you are thinking of adding a deck or porch, now is the time to call a professional before the rush of the season causes them to get booked up.

Landscaping: If necessary, make plans now to install a new sprinkler system or walkway.

Roofing: If you incurred ice dams on your roof in winter, call a roofing contractor to install new roof vents. Also, have him check the stability of the guttering and inspect the roof for loose or damaged shingles.

Remove debris that may have settled in gutters during winter. Ensure that the downspouts are directing water away from the foundation of your house.

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