Spring is finally here! The snow is melting and our weekends are moving outdoors for cookouts and long afternoons spent swimming and picnicking.
There are plenty of reasons to celebrate spring! From the blooming real estate market to the abundance of things to do in the area — we love everything about the season. And, because the days are lengthening and the weather is warming, it’s the perfect opportunity to tackle some of our most neglected home projects.
To help you prepare your home for this coming season, we’ve created a checklist so you can stay on track. So put away your winter coats and grab your toolbelt because we’ve got some work to do!
Spruce Up Your Spaces
Consider a New Front Door Color
Nothing can add a fresh splash of color as effectively as the front door! A brightly colored door immediately gives any home an extra dose of personality. Go with a bright color like red, which is a popular door color that evokes a sense of welcome or a cool pale blue for a muted pop of color.
Small yet bright accessories go a long way in your home’s decor, as they add pops of color and excitement to any space. Throw in decorative throw pillows, bright kitchenware or springlike knick-knacks all around your home. And, for a pop of exterior color, try adding window boxes filled with your favorite spring flowers beneath your windows for a great look inside and out. For more ideas on how to spruce up your interiors, check out 5 Easy Ways to Brighten Up Your Home for Spring.
Give Your Patio or Deck Some Attention
Your patio/deck will be a hotspot in your home during the warmer months, which is why you should make sure it’s in tip-top shape before the season gets going. Check your deck for signs of water stains, discoloration and warping. Most of these issues can be fixed with a can of wood stain or a strategic nail hammered here and there, but don’t be afraid to contact a deck expert if you run into any issues!
Prepare for Spring Showers
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
As soon as the last frost passes, grab your ladder and check your gutters for debris. Remove as much as you can with your hands and any leftovers with a garden hose. If you find any damages, make sure to call a professional to repair them. Clogged or damaged gutters can cause your trim to rot, inviting plenty of unwelcomed critters into your attic space. Plus, with the heavy spring showers coming, you’ll want to make sure your gutters are intact and that downspouts are facing away from your home to prevent flooding.
Inspect Your Roof
Nebraska winter storms can really take a toll on our roofs. That’s why it’s always a great idea to inspect your roof as the seasons change. Use a ladder or binoculars to get a good look at your roof. If you see any missing shingles or signs of rusting, cracking or leaking, call a professional to assess the damage.
Get your Backyard Spring-Ready
Reseal Exterior Woodwork
Take advantage of the warmer weather and tackle an often neglected home maintenance task: resealing exterior woodwork. Wood decks, railings, pergolas and fences will last longer and stay in better condition if you stain or reseal them every year or two. The refreshed wood around your home will also liven up the place and get you in the spring spirit!
Clean Your Grill and Outdoor Furniture
Springtime is perfect for barbeques, cookouts and outdoor get-togethers! That’s why it’s important to clean up your grill and outdoor furniture in preparation for these fun spring evenings. Your grill has most likely collected dust during the fall and winter, so scrub it down with a wire brush and inspect it for any rust or damage. As for your outdoor furniture, you can clean almost any type of outdoor fabric with some dish soap, warm water and Borax (click here for a recipe!)
Check Your Play Areas and Swing Sets
If you have any children, they’ll be dying to get outside and enjoy the new season! Before letting your kiddos loose, give your backyard play areas a good inspection. Check for damaged wood, new rust on bolts and chains, or any other potential safety hazards.
Prepare for the Summer Heat
Schedule an Air Conditioning Service Appointment
Air conditioning is a magical thing and definitely hard to live without during the hotter months. That’s why it’s a great idea to get your units looked at before you really need them. Just because you feel cold air, that doesn’t mean your air conditioning unit is working efficiently. To get the longest life out of your cooling system, change the filters at least once a season and call a licensed professional to service the equipment before the start of every summer.
Open Your Swimming Pool for the Season
If you’re lucky enough to be the proud owner of a swimming pool, now’s the time to get it ready for those hot spring and summer days. All pool owners can benefit from an annual pump and filter service along with a good pool cleaning. Give a professional a call and they’ll be happy to help you beat the heat.
Start Planning Your Garden
Check Your Sprinkler and Irrigation Systems
Spring is the perfect time to start a garden, spruce up your exterior landscaping and more! But you can’t start flexing your green thumb yet, because you need to check your sprinkler and irrigation systems. Checking your systems in the spring, before you’ve planted or seeded, can save you water, money and your plants.
Fertilize Your Yard
The best fertilizing practice is to do it as early as possible. By fertilizing your yard early and giving it plenty of time to mature, you’re giving yourself the best chance at a beautiful lawn and garden!
Plan Your First Plants
If you’re looking to plant your first garden this year, you should start planning now! Start by planting veggies and other plants inside so that you can transport them to your garden as it gets warmer. Or you can jump right into planting petunias, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage and winter peas directly outside.
Are you ready for spring?
We hope you have a happy and exciting springtime! How do you plan to spend it? Let us know in the comments!