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Spring Cleaning Tips

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Spring is a wonderful time of year to give your home a quick cleaning. But beyond the cobwebs and dust, there are a handful of items that deserve your cleaning attention. We have a list of 10 items you should check in addition to your usual spring cleaning.

  1. Get your HVAC ready for the heat. If you have an air conditioner, change out the filter and give it a good cleaning. But be careful not to damage any of the wiring or other essential components. This can also be a good time to clean your heating furnace.
  2. Clean your windows and screens. A lot of people forget about cleaning the screens, but that’s where some of the most dust and algae can accumulate. This is also a good time to replace the window caulking for better insulation.
  3. Examine your foundation for cracks. Seal up anything that could allow water, cold, or rodents under your home.
  4. Clean or replace damaged gutters. Remember those gutters that leaked all winter long? Now is a great time to clean them for the next rainstorm or replace them if necessary. Don’t forget the downspouts.
  5. Clean the lawnmower and other garden tools. This will ensure they’re ready to go when the grass really starts to grow and you’re in the mood to plant some vegetables.
  6. Remove dead vegetation. Shrubs and trees can die off in the winter. If you have some vegetation that needs to be removed from your yard, do it now.
  7. Clean the vents and chimney. This includes your dryer vent, stove vent, and chimney for a wood stove or fireplace.
  8. Replace any missing or damaged roof tiles. You’ll also want to get rid of the moss while you’re up there.
  9. Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace any units that are not working.
  10. Clean the refrigerator and freezer. Carefully vacuum the dust and dirt from visible coils, but don’t remove the back cover.