Spring has sprung! And for those of us who have been trapped inside from the cold it’s time to get out of the house and rediscover the outdoors.
It’s also time to finally tend to those home maintenance projects we all have been putting off since the end of fall and undo winter’s damage to our home.
To help you get started we’ve created a spring home maintenance checklist of the top home improvement projects you should address in spring.
Simonton’s Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
1. Seal your windows and doors.
Did you know the typical family wastes $350 per year on air leaks? According to ENERGY STAR, sealing air leaks is among the most cost-effective things you can do to conserve energy and increase comfort, which is why it makes the top of our spring home maintenance checklist.
And sealing the air leaks around your windows and doors is easy. Just watch our step-by-step video on “How to Weatherize Your Windows”:
2. Tune up your air conditioning.
Don’t start off summer with your air conditioning out of commission. Get it tuned up now while it’s still nice and cool outside. For just $75-$250 a technician will will make sure your cooling system is working to its manufacturer-rated efficiency.
3. Fix your window screens.
Window screens are wonderful because they allow you to have fresh air and sunlight without the annoyance of insects and other unwanted visitors in your home. However, without regular maintenance window screens can become dirty, damaged and will eventually need to be replaced. It’s always less expensive to clean and fix your screens than it is to replace them, so save yourself some money and take the time to take care of those screens.
Read our guide on How-to Maintain Your Window Screen.
4. Clean your siding.
Vinyl siding is a durable and resilient building material, but, like vinyl windows, it does require some routine care and cleaning. With a little cleaning every year your vinyl siding will continue to look as beautiful as the day it was installed.
5. Wash your windows.
Did you know your windows should be cleaned at least once a year? Not only will this improve the lifespan of your windows, but it’s a great way to maintain your home’s curb appeal. So, add washing your windows to your spring home maintenance list and get rid of the dirt and debris that’s accumulated throughout winter.
Looking for a magic window cleaner that will leave your windows streak-free? Check out this DIY Window Cleaner.
6. Repair your sidewalks and patio.
If you have a patio, why not enjoy it? Get your walkways and entertaining area in tip-top shape. Fix broken stones, clear out the weeds, and power wash the dirt and debris away.
While you’re at it, consider adding a little personality to your patio. We have some budget-friendly ideas to help you create a whole new look that won’t take an entire weekend to complete.
Looking for some easier projects to get you jump started? Check out 6 Easy Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal.