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Now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s time to welcome in spring. Here are 7 things you can do to get your home ready for this very welcome season after a long, cold winter.

Preparation 1: Clean the Gutters

Grab a ladder, a pair of gloves, a scoop, and a trash bag. Carefully scale the ladder and then remove any debris from the gutters. Once you have them mostly clean, flush them out with water from the hose.

While you’re admiring your job well done, check the condition of the roof and downspouts. If you spot any problems, attend to them straightaway. Spring can be a time of heavy rain, so you certainly don’t want to take any chances.

Preparation 2: Start Yard Clean Up

It’s still pretty cool outside, but you may get a day or two where you want to get out to breathe some fresh air. Raking leaves is a good start, but don’t try to do everything in one go. You may also want to cut away precarious overhead branches that were damaged during winter storms.

Look at your first time out as a good time to plan, not a gardening marathon. Make a mental note of things you need to do later, such as pruning shrubs that died back over the winter.

Give your lawn a good once over too. Are there patches of crabgrass poking up that need attention? Will your grass need fertilizer soon? What about dethatching and aerating?

Make a list of what you need for your first visit to the garden center this year. Book rental equipment, if need be.

Preparation 3: Pressure Wash the Exterior

Pressure washers are pretty affordable and they’re very handy. Now’s the time to wash away the winter grime so you can take a good look at your home.

Check the seals around windows and doors and make a mental note if you detect potential problems. Don’t forget to clean walkways and your driveway too. Are there any cracks you should repair, before they become chasms? You’ll want to clean your deck, patio, and railings too.

What about the foundation? Does everything look sound and does water drain away from your home? If not, you may need to regrade certain areas around your home or install additional drainage.

Preparation 4: Attend to Decks & Railings

Winter weather can wreak havoc on decks and railings. You’ve already pressure washed them, but do they need another coat of stain or repairs?

Once everything is in shipshape order, you’ll need to give your patio furniture a good cleaning with soap and water.

Don’t forget about your grill. It will need a close inspection and cleaning. Wire brush the grates and remove any grease from the interior and exterior with hot, soapy water. Check hoses and connections and don’t forget to fill the tank!

Preparation 5: Service HVAC System

Your furnace has worked very hard to keep you warm all winter. Now’s the time to pamper it by changing any filters.

Spring is a time for pollen and dust, so you’ll want to start fresh. You may want to hire a technician to service your A/C before temperatures rise.

Preparation 6: Clean Floors

It’s time to mop and shampoo away winter muck. Snow, ice, and rain can dirty floors more than you might realize.

Pull out the mop and give your tile, laminate, or vinyl plank floors a refresh. If you have carpet in your home, call a steam cleaning company to remove odors and dirt for a fresh spring start.

Preparation 7: Start Switching Your Gear

We wouldn’t dare suggest that you pack away all your winter gear already. We know better than that. A few warm days does not mean the cold weather is gone for good.

However, do bring out a few lighter pieces of clothing. Also send your heaviest items to the back of the closet. Once you know warm weather is here for good, consider packing the sweaters and parkas into boxes. It will free up closet space until winter comes around again and it also makes you feel darn good.

The beginning of a new season is also a great time to review your insurance coverage. Before you start making plans to get your boat out on the water or your motorcycle or RV back on the road, give us a call. We’ll make sure that you have the coverage you need to truly enjoy the warmer weather!

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