To-Dos: May Home Checklist


Spring-CLeaning-CHecklistSpring is in the air and summer days are around the corner. It’s time to take advantage of this newly warm weather so you can soon relax during your summer days. Below are some tips to get your Spring on:

Check irrigation systems. Turn on each hose and irrigation system and check that it is working properly. We wouldn’t want our flowers or lawn to look shabby.

Clean gutters and downspouts. Remove leaves and debris left by winter storms from rain gutters and make sure downspouts are clear.

Clean and repair screen doors and windows. Patch up and holes or tears, we wouldn’t want our summer guests being eaten by those pesky mosquitos.

Check safety devices. Test the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home and replace batteries as needed. Check fire extinguishers.

Maintain heating and cooling systems. Change the filters on window air conditioning units. If you have central air, have a pro come out to service the system. Schedule a cleaning for your heating system.

Refresh bedrooms. Rotate and flip your mattress. Swap heavy winter bedding for lighter quilts and blankets; have winter bedding laundered before storing. Clear clutter from under the bed, in and around bedside tables and atop the dresser.

Give your bath a mini-makeover. Treat your bathroom to a fresh shower curtain, fluffy new towels and a fancy soap or two. Want to go a step further? Swap out an old medicine cabinet for a stylish mirror, change the light fixture and paint the walls.

Schedule your pool guy. It’s worth hiring a professional to open up your pool and get things ready for your first dip.

Touch up interior paint. Use leftover matching paint to touch areas. Sand chipped areas lightly and apply primer before covering with color; small marks can be touched up without priming. If you have moisture spots on your ceiling, that could be a sign of a leak, so be sure to investigate.

Clean out your garage or shed. You’ll probably find yourself digging around in your storage shed or garage as you hunt for lawn tools and beach umbrellas, so why not make things tidier while you’re at it? If tackling the entire space in one go sounds daunting, sort through a small section each time you get something out. Once there is a bit more breathing space, set aside a few hours on a weekend to get through the rest.

Clean and set up your grill. Give your grill a good scrubbing, test that everything is in working order and stock up on fuel for the season.


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