The official date of spring is March 20th and winter is slowly losing its bite. March is a fickle month when it comes to weather, depending on where you live.  A change of seasons always necessitates a few special chores, and spring is also a great time to tackle some annual tasks that shouldn’t be forgotten. From roof repair to foundation drainage, these chores will get your home in shape from top to bottom. Let's first look at finishing up some winter chores: 

  • 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

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.)

As a homeowner, it’s impossible to prevent every problem that could arise. But with regular maintenance and a little elbow grease, you can ensure your home is a safe and comfortable place for years to come. Be sure to check back in next month for some more tips. 

Tell us: what's on your maintenance list this month?