The warmer weather and upcoming start of Daylight Saving time is the perfect opportunity to tackle your spring home maintenance must-dos. We’ve put together the checklist below to undo any damage from winter and start your warmer months with your Johns Creek home in great condition with a spring home maintenance tune-up.
Refresh your doormats by hosing off and air-dry outdoor mats and vacuuming indoor mats on both sides. Going over the back will push trapped dirt out onto the floor where it will be easier to pick up.
Look in your yard for any dead branches or areas that need to be trimmed. It’s much easier to clean up these trees before they’re fully bloomed. Don’t forget to check that dead branches aren’t hanging over your house since this can cause leaf backup in your gutters. Give our preferred vendor, Squirrel Tree Services a call for your tree trimming needs.
Check for cracked shingles, failed fasteners and nail pops. Also check for any branches that may have landed on your roof during winter. Hint: you don’t have to get on your roof to observe potential issues, just grab a pair of binoculars as a safe option. if you need a professional, give our preferred vendor, Atlanta Roofing Pros, a call for your roofing needs.
Make sure your downspouts are still pointed away from your home’s foundation and that your gutters are clear of debris leftover from winter.
According to Real Simple, to clean the inside of your sink, combine warm water with a small amount of mild dish soap in a bowl. Dip a soft sponge (avoid scrub brushes that can scratch the surface) in the solution and rub the entire sink basin, including the walls.
If this solution didn't do the trick, introduce a mild abrasive: baking soda. Sprinkle the baking soda over the entire surface of your sink. Then, using a soft sponge or cloth, rub the baking soda in a circular motion, following the grain of a stainless steel sink.
Continue scrubbing the entire sink surface, including the walls, to remove residue and stains. When you're done scrubbing, rinse the sink with white vinegar, which will cause the baking soda to bubble and make it easier to rinse down the drain. Rinse the sink with water.
If the garbage disposal smells, try adding an orange peel or lemon to deodorize it.
According to Good Housekeeping, placing a large microwave-safe bowl with 1 cup of water and a chopped-up lemon, lime, or orange or several tablespoons of vinegar inside works wonders. Turn the appliance on high for several minutes or until the solution boils and the window is steamy, then let it sit to cool for 15 minutes before opening the door. Remove and wipe out the inside and outside with a sponge.
Double check that your caulking and weather stripping is still in tact. You can also easily clean your outside windows with one cup rubbing alcohol, one cup water and a tablespoon of white wine vinegar. From the inside, raise blinds or shades and wash windows with glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth.
Either call an HVAC technician to perform a tune up on your A/C or head outside yourself to ensure your air conditioning is in good working order before summer hits. You can easily change your A/C filters, check that drain pans are draining freely and ensure hose connections are free of any leaks.
It’s always a good idea to check your attic for signs of colonization of insects and critters that make have occurred over the winter months. Also check for roof leaks and potential mold spots.
If you’re weary of handling spring home maintenance yourself, hiring a licensed handyman or contractor to go through your checklist is never a bad idea. We have a whole network of contacts and contractors, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need help.