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The same way that you don’t wear the same clothes for spring as you did in winter, it’s also necessary to change things up in your home when the seasons change. Pack away the heavy fabrics and dark colors that kept you warm and insulated during the cold months, and switch them out for brighter, more cheerful hues that let the light in and reflect the life blooming outside. Below are our top tips on how to get your home sprung for spring:
Start from the Outside and Work Your Way In
Your home’s exterior bore the brunt of a punishing winter. By comparison, the inside of your house should be fairly easy to get up to snuff, so it makes sense to start on the outside. You’ll want to perform a thorough check for any areas that will need a little extra care and maintenance, such as window and door caulking, weather stripping, or any damage to the roof. You’ll also want to clean out gutters and downspouts and make sure they’re ready to receive any spring rainshowers.
You don’t have to start putting in any new plants or flowers until the thaw has fully set, but make sure that all of your landscaping tools are on hand and are likewise working properly in preparation for that. You may also want to pressure wash or power wash any concrete or paved areas, as well as brick walls and other vertical surfaces that could use a bit of love.
Perform a Thorough Spring Cleaning
You’ll want to swap out any heavy sheets and blankets for some thinner, lighter ones that are more seasonally-appropriate. Dark colors and heavy drapes can trap heat in the home, which is great when it’s freezing out but aren’t the most practical option when it’s sunny and warm.
Swap your heavy curtains out for cordless cellular window shades, which are a smart choice for homes with small children and pets. They’re a cost-effective option for those who want to save a few bucks on their electricity bill, as they provide adequate shade and cooling throughout the home. Clean off ceiling fans and fireplaces that saw heavy use over the winter. You’ll also want to test out your emergency home systems, such as smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide alarms as well as security systems.
Check Your HVAC System
It’s imperative to have your home’s heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning checked before any major climate changes. Having an expert come by twice a year: once during the fall before the temperatures drop drastically, and again in the spring when it spikes. Have your air filters cleaned or replaced and check that your air conditioner provides adequate cooling before summer hits. No one wants to suffer through that kind of heat, so it’s best to nip any issues in the bud. This is also far more cost-effective, as it can be cheaper to get your systems looked at now and alleviate any problems than it would be to get the entire thing fixed later on after it’s broken down.
Let Your Home Bloom from Within
An easy way to incorporate the season into your home is by bringing a bit of the outside in. Fresh cut flowers, for instance, are always a delightful sight to see and can fill your home with a wonderful scent. You can also begin to adorn surfaces and corners with healthy greenery here and there. Keeping a small herb garden or some succulents on your kitchen counter gives you convenient access to flavor boosters when you prepare meals while providing a touch of spring in the space.
That’s our list, and it couldn’t get any easier. How do you prepare your home for the spring season?
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