As the sun begins to peek out after a chilly winter, it’s time to begin your spring cleaning and home maintenance. These helpful tips can ensure your home is ready for the warmer spring and summer months.

Check your systems and energy usage

Before that first 90 degree day hits, checkyour air conditioning unit. If you’d prefer to avoid hiring a professional for this task, be sure to follow these five steps, courtesy of Bob Vila:

  • Check for any leaks in the hose connections.
  • Ensure drain pans are draining freely.
  • Vacuum dust and debris that has settled on the unit and around its base.
  • Be sure to change your HVAC filter every 1-3 months.

Keep in mind that high energy bills can sneak up on you during these warmer months as your air conditioning usage increases. Consider these tips to creatively decrease your energy bills.

Clean up your gutters, eaves and roof

Next, check your gutters for any debris that may have accumulated over the winter. 

Spring is also a great time to have your roof inspected and repaired. If you suspect winter snowstorms may have damaged shingles or seals on your roof, now’s the time to set up an appointment to have it looked over by a professional.

Give your home’s exterior a facelift

While spring cleaning may have you decluttering your home on the inside, you should also get rid of grime on the exterior of your home. Pressure washing the outside of your home can help to get rid of dirt and other stains that may have accumulated throughout the winter. 

Last, these mild-weather months are an optimal time to repair cracks or holes in your driveway or sidewalks. Concrete repair kits can be relatively inexpensive, but you may need help from a professional if you are working with asphalt.

Freshen up your landscaping

Your yellowed grass may be bringing you down, but in just a few short weeks, you can bring it back to life again! Simple lawn care tips aim to save your lawn from the effects of our harsh midwestern winters, including

  • After the ground is fully dry, rake the lawn to aerate the soil.
  • Spread lawn seed in patchy areas.
  • Sprinkle water on the seeds weekly until they sprout.
  • Aerate soil three times once new grass appears.

Once your lawn is in tip-top shape, you can spruce up your landscaping with these DIY insights for beginner gardeners .

Considering selling?

If you hope to sell this spring, this  checklist will help set you up for success as you build curb appeal that will draw in buyers.

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