Jennifer's 20 Point Checklist to Get Your Home Ready For Spring

Spring is coming!  February flies by every year, but now is a great time to start getting your home ready for Spring. Westchester County typically still has cold spells in April, but local nurseries will begin stocking annuals toward the middle of April.  Make a plan now so you can get be sure to get the best plants and your desired colors for your garden. Following this checklist will ensure your home is ready for outdoor enjoyment!

Here is Jennifer's 20-point Spring Cleaning Checklist for Homeowners:

  1. Clean gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage during spring rain showers.

  2. Inspect the roof for damage, such as missing or damaged shingles, and make necessary repairs.

  3. Check windows and doors for proper sealing to reduce energy costs and prevent drafts.

  4. Power wash the exterior of the house, deck, and patio to remove dirt and grime buildup.

  5. Inspect and clean outdoor lighting fixtures, including replacing any burned-out bulbs.

  6. Prune trees and bushes to maintain their shape and promote healthy growth.

  7. Repair any cracks or damage to walkways, patios, and driveways.

  8. Clean and prepare outdoor furniture, such as patio sets and lawn chairs. Replace or clean damaged cushions. 

  9. Change or clean air conditioning filters to prepare for the warmer months ahead

  10. Clean and service lawn mowers and other lawn equipment to ensure they are in good working order.

  11. Fertilize lawns and flower beds to promote healthy growth.

  12. Plant annual flowers and vegetables to add color and life to your yard.

  13. Check and repair any damage to decks and fences.

  14. Clean and repair swimming pools and hot tubs.

  15. Clean and organize your garage or storage shed.

  16. Check and repair any damage to roof-mounted appliances, such as solar panels or satellite dishes.

  17. Check the sump pump and battery backup to ensure it is working properly.

  18. Inspect and clean chimneys and fireplaces.

  19. Conduct a safety check of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace batteries if necessary.

  20. Schedule a professional HVAC tune-up to ensure the heating and cooling system is running efficiently.

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