Essential Home Maintenance for Spring, Part II

Last Friday, I gave you some tips for inspecting winter damage and keeping your home’s exterior in great repair for spring.  This week, let’s focus on the interior!


Spring is a great time to throw open your doors and windows and clean the parts of your home that you haven’t paid attention to in a while. Check your kitchen for residue on cabinets, backsplashes, and range hoods; a little warm water and mild detergent will make these areas sparkle again.  This is also a great time to wash or dry-clean blinds and draperies, clean your carpets, and give your couch a good vacuuming.  Don’t forget your bathroom – check for any areas of damaged grout or caulk while you’re cleaning your tiles and removing any mold or mildew.

Don’t neglect the innards of your home, either.  Spring is the perfect time to get your air conditioner in good shape for the upcoming hot weather; change your filter and check for leaks at the very least.  You can also call in a pro to service and inspect the unit, especially if you had any nagging issues last summer.  Take a look at your plumbing while you’re at it, and note any signs of trouble like leaks or dampness, especially around appliances such as hot water heaters, dishwashers, and washing machines.  Again, you want to catch small problems before they become big ones, so a little time spent now in careful inspection could pay off big-time down the road.

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