SPRING IS HERE!
I wrote a blog last year about spring maintenance tips and it is good to keep going with new tips on home maintenance in the spring. A lot of these are very easy and don't take long at all. All these things will prolong the life of your home and save you money in the long run. A lot of the things I list down below I do at home and I write down what I did and the date and then look back at it and do them the same time every year. I find this turns into a routine and things don't get overlooked.
Driveway Sealing- I do this every other year to my driveway. It prolongs the life of your blacktop and instantly improves the curb appeal of your home. For around $80-100 a reputable company can come out and do it for you in less than two hours.
Gutter Cleaning- I know that I list this every year but it is a vital maintenance task for your home. It is inexpensive and will save you a lot of money as not having properly cleaned gutters can wreak havoc on your foundation, water can get inside your home, excessive water can over work your sump pump, and cost you a lot of money.
HVAC Filters- This should be done more than once a year. Most programmable thermostats you can set a reminder when to change. Changing your furnace filter regularly will keep the dust down in your home, keep the air clean, and the furnace won't work as hard.
Landscaping- It is a good time to cut back the vegetation near A/C units. You can also get rid of all the dead leaves from plants. A fresh coat of mulch with make all your plants stay healthy throughout the spring and summer.
Smoke Detectors- Now is a good time to replace the batteries in your smoke detector. Also if the detectors are more than 10 years old it is best to replace the unit all together.
Dryer Vent Cleaning- Your dryer screen alone doesn't trap all the lint from your clothes. This should be done once a year and it is one of the leading causes of home fires in the US. Using the right tools can get your dryer vent cleaned properly, prevent a fire, and give free flowing exhaust from the dryer which in turn means your dryer doesn't have to work as hard.