Spring Home Maintenance
Every spring, daylight
savings time gives us an extra hour of light in the evening. Here are some home
maintenance tips that you can use while enjoying that extra spring sunshine.
Check back here in about two weeks for maintenance tips for the inside of your
Ravages of Winter
your trees and shrubs.
- Head to the shed and do
inventory" to make sure you have all the items you'll need in the
months ahead. Inspect the tools you already have. For example, test your hoses
Spring is a good time to paint
fences and the exterior of your home, especially wood surfaces. This way, they
will be protected from summer heat and sun. Wood decks should also be sealed
once a year.
- Since roofing shingles
are brittle in winter, they may break if you handle or walk on them. This makes
spring a good time to do an inspection. Look
for loose or curling shingles.
- Now that the heating
season is over, have a chimney
sweep clean any fireplaces and flues.
- Inspect door and window
screens for tears. You can often repair small tears using a kit from your local
hardware store. This will prevent insects from getting into your home, and keep
you comfortable on the screened porch.
- Clean your gutters. Before
getting out the ladder to reach them, review these safety tips.
Beautify the Outside of Your Home
- Before you buy
seedlings, make notes about where you would like to plant flowers and how
much shade and sun these areas receive. This will help you determine which
flowers are appropriate for which areas.
- After any planting, be
sure to water and
Consider planting flowers in hanging baskets
if your garden space is limited.
- If you have bare
patches in your lawn, prepare
these areas for seed or sod. To care for your new and existing grass, be sure
- Before cleaning gutters
or climbing onto your roof, make sure your ladder is in
- Reacquaint yourself
safety tips and inspect all electrical lawn and garden tools.
If you haven't used your circular power saw since
last summer, review the operations manual and safety tips before you begin
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