Winter – believe it or not – is nearing its end. Finally the days are staying lighter longer, which signals spring's arrival. And while it is quite normal to be looking forward to spring, winter does offer unique opportunities to finish some indoor tasks before the hustle and bustle of spring arrives. The steps you take now can help avoid costly maintenance and repairs later.   Let’s take a look at a select group of maintenance tasks that can finish up your winter home maintenance agenda.

  • Baseboards & doors - clean and touch up paint. 
  • Smoke & carbon monoxide detectors - check batteries
  • HVAC - vacuum & dust
  • Garbage disposal - crush ice (sharpens), baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)
  • Range hood fan - check & clean
  • Electrical - test and reset all ground fault circuit interrupter receptacles, check all extension cords
  • Weatherstripping & windows - check all caulking for separations and cracks, re-caulk
  • Fire extinguisher - place near kitchen, check charge

End of winter maintenance gives you a chance to get outside and breathe fresh air. Once the snow has cleared, there are a few things you can do outside to help prepare for Spring:  

  • Gutters - clean out and make sure downspouts are clear & water flows freely
  • Roof - Clean any debris off your roof, especially the valleys and ridge vents. Also check for any missing or damaged shingles, cracked or missing chunks of tar, rubber or silicone and make any small roof repairs required now.
  • Garden - If you grow plants from seeds, it is definitely time to get them started (This can be done inside or outside in greenhouses or cold boxes.)

Each of these do-it-yourself tasks should take only a few minutes. The payoff -- your home will stay in top shape -- is worth the effort and time. We hope you find these tips useful. Be sure to check in next month for more tips on how to keep your home in great shape.