Spring Home Maintenance
Preparing your home for spring now is a smart move: just think how much more time you will have later to enjoy the gorgeous weather! The TotalProtect® Home Warranty team shares spring home preparation tips from the experts to help you inside and outside your home.
Preparing for Spring on the Inside
- Open every window to help rid your home of toxins built up from cleaners, heating and cooking trapped inside during colder winter months. One cautionary note: if you are allergy-prone, first make sure you check your outdoor air ratings, so that you avoid triggering or worsening any symptoms.
- Deep-clean carpets and curtains. Both are huge dust collectors and require a deeper cleaning at least once per year--more often if you have pets. One spot homeowners often forget to dust is the tops of ceiling fans. The last thing you want is to turn the fan on this spring and disperse a thick layer of dust into the air.
- Add slipcovers to protect upholstered furnishings: This practical suggestion comes from the Martha Stewart website. It reminds readers that spring and summer sunlight is much stronger and can fade or damage furniture upholstery located near windows and doors.
- Keep insects at bay: Another Martha Stewart tip is to be more vigilant about storing and discarding food in spring, as warmer weather attracts many more insects. Use airtight food containers; pick up pet food dishes immediately; always rinse bottles and containers before recycling; and make sure your trash can is still in good shape with a tightly-fitting lid.
Preparing for Spring on the Outside
HGTV landscaping professionals recommend pruning vines now to catch overgrown ones that may be choking plants. That growth will be harder to spot later when leaves return to trees and shrubs. If you have a water garden, they suggest removing all leaves, as decomposing leaves hurts water quality. Also pull weeds near water features--but never use herbicide near ponds with plants or fish, as it is often toxic.
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The information in this article is intended for the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are intended to indicate coverage by our home warranty or service plans. Please review your contract carefully to understand what your product coverage entails.