Ever find your home appliances losing power due to the change in the weather? It typically happens due to the heat of spring and summer weather that can damage electronic appliances including refrigerators, freezers, air-conditioners, etc. This season also affects the exterior of houses such as the yard and garden but also includes windows, roofs, gutters, and doors.

Here is a handy list of things to-do this spring to spruce up your home and garden.

Things-to-do this spring

 

1. For Interior Maintenance

  • Make sure there are no frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs in your electrical outlets. Check to see that outlets and fuse boxes are not overloaded.
  • Check the expiration date of fire extinguishers and keep it in the kitchen, or at least in the same place all the time.
  • Get the air-conditioner examined by a reliable and professional technician
  • Test your water heater for any leaks and corrosion
  • Clean the clothes dryer’s exhaust duct and the space under the dryer. Clean out all lint.
  • Change all high-intensity bulbs; replace them with energy efficient bulbs when possible.
  • Be sure that the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector are fresh; batteries in these devices should be replaced every 6 months. To make it easy to remember, think about this when you have to “spring forward” and “fall back”.

2. For Exterior Maintenance

Start with the roof

  • Inspect your roof or call a roofing contractor as scorching heat in summer can quickly ruin a roof’s shingles
  • Safely check the roof for stains, discoloration, or warping.  Also check for broken or decaying shingles
  • Take a look at the deck boards from inside your attic for discoloration from a leak
  • Check railings and stairs to make sure they are secure and stable

Inspect the Yard

  • Bag or mulch leaves and other fallen debris; replenish mulch in planting beds
  • Gently rake grass to fluff up and separate the grass shoots
  • Use a hoe or tiller to loosen soil, mix in fertilizers and nutrients to prep for planting

Check Windows and Doors

  • Protect windowsills, entryways and door sills by filling in cracks, sealing edges of door sills or repainting if necessary
  • For door screens, start by cleaning the screens
  • Check screens for holes where insects can come inside. Fill holes or replace screen as necessary.
  • Repair loose or damaged door and window frames
  • Replace broken, worn, or missing hardware

3. Round the Clock Care

  • Look at the exterior covering of the home for places to be repaired or scrapped and painted.
  • Walk through your home, particularly around the places where spider webs collect and dust
  • Clean air vents and ducts; change air filters every 3-4 months
  • Clean refrigerator filters, clean seals and exterior