Spring is almost here, which means it’s time to update your spring maintenance checklist. Thankfully living in Florida, we don’t have a lot of effects from winter that can cause structural damage to our homes. With the help of HGTV, we made a list of 10 spring home maintenance tips that every Floridian should follow.
When it comes time to start working on your garden and curb appeal. Stop by Florida’s Largest Spring Home & Garden Show from March 10-12. We will have local vendors that can help with anything from painting the exterior of your home, to finding you brand new outdoor furniture. grills, spas and more.
Here are 10 home maintenance tips to check this spring:
1. Clean and repair window screens
What’s a better way to start spring than having more natural light in your home. To clean the exterior of your home’s windows, you can use a mixture of dish soap, white vinegar, and water to get rid of dirt. Use the same DIY cleaner solution to spray down your window screens. Rinse them off with water from your hose and be sure to let them dry for a couple hours.
2. Replace HVAC filters
This home chore should be completed about every three months. This is a vital step to include on your spring maintenance checklist
3. Service your air conditioning unit
This is one of the most essential checklist items for Floridians. The last thing you want is for your air conditioning unit to break on you in the middle of summer. While your home air conditioning is getting serviced, make sure to check your home’s ductwork and vents to ensure there are no blockage. You should be changing interior filters once a month.
4. Replace Rotted Siding or Trim
If any of your trim or siding is has begun to rot or crumble, replace and repaint it. For color consistency, you may have to repaint the entire area.
5. Probe the Wood Trim
Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. This will help find any decay, rot and termite damage. Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood.
6. Check the Gutters
This is another essential maintenance tip for Floridians. A lot of leaves and debris can build up in your gutters, which can lead to damage. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris. Consider installing gutter screens or protectors to help keep debris out of the gutters. There will even be some vendors at Florida’s Largest Spring Home & Garden show to help you!
7. Inspect Concrete
Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.
8. Recaulk Windows and Doors
Inspect and, if necessary, caulk around your home’s windows and doors annually. That will help keep out heat and humidity in the summer and cold drafts in the winter—and save money on your utility bills all year round
9. Check Your Lawn Equipment
Not like we don’t mow our lawns in Florida during the winter, but we may do it less frequently. Clean equipment and sharp cutting blades will make yardwork easier.
10. Declutter your house and garage.
With spring home cleaning comes decluttering your house and garage and getting rid of items that you no longer use or need. Decluttering interior spaces will not only revitalize your home environment, but it will also allow for better home air circulation.