Updated: Mar 5, 2021
Spring is a time of new beginnings, so it's the perfect time to start that home improvement project you've put off all winter. See our tips for projects to prepare your home for summer.
Donate or Recycle: As you're cleaning and decluttering the house, figure out what you have and decide what you actually need. Donate unwanted electronics, housewares, and gently used clothing and shoes to charity.
Power Wash: Having your home's exterior and windows power-washed won't just make your home look sharp, it also will prevent the growth of mold and mildew that feed on grime. If you're not comfortable deciding whether your home's exterior can handle the pressure that will be exerted from the various pressure-washing nozzles available, hire a professional to do the work
Clean Up: Minimize the mess and clutter that winter left behind. Wipe down windows, walls, and floors; polish wood furniture; dust light fixtures and ceiling fans; organize the entertainment center; corral countertop clutter; and tame untidy toiletries. But don't try to get all your spring cleaning done in one day. Focus on one room at a time and schedule different rooms for different days. Divide the jobs -- vacuuming, dusting, window washing, organizing -- among family members
Interior Paint: Refresh a room for spring with a new coat of paint. As you search for the perfect color, remember that paint often dries darker or brighter than the swatches. Sample on a piece of scrap cardboard or a small area of a wall first to ensure you love the color. Also, invest in a high-quality primer to ensure a long-lasting paint job. Rearrange the artwork -- after the paint dries -- to complete the fresh look
Carpet Cleansing: Vacuuming is likely a biweekly, if not weekly, chore in every home. However, you should give carpets a quality cleaning once a year to eliminate deep-down dust, dirt, and food particle buildup. Hire a professional, rent a carpet cleaner from a local home improvement store, or buy a professional-style model designed for home use.
Schedule a Tune-Up: The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) says that a well-maintained cooling system will run more effectively, use less energy, and lower your energy bills. With that in mind, contact a professional heating and cooling contractor to inspect your system. Also, clean and replace air-conditioner filters regularly.