We have made it to March! Spring is on its way, and the weather is already showing it. If you feel like you’re starting to get the spring cleaning itch early, this is for you! This is the perfect time to do some home maintenance as the weather is beginning to warm up, but also before April showers hit. Below I have a few maintenance tasks that are perfect to do in the month of March, especially if you live in Southern California like me. Check them out below:
Clean the Gutters: This is one task that nobody likes to do, but it is very important to maintain. Remove leaves and other debris that have accumulated throughout the winter, so you are all ready for those April showers. Overflowing gutters and blocked downspouts can damage siding and foundations.
Tip: Install gutter guards—screens, foam inserts, surface tension covers—which help to keep debris out of gutters.
Clean your A/C condenser: This one also sounds like a dirty task, but it is crucial that it is cleaned so it works properly. Especially if the temperatures are on the rise in your area. Remove all the dust and debris around the outside of the condenser.
Tip: Hook up a garden hose and spray the outside of the condenser. The water will melt away the gunk.
Prep your yard: Start bringing your yard back to life now, before temperatures warm up for real.
Tip: Remove large stones, branches that have fallen or that have littered your yard. Get out the lawnmower cut your grass. Nothing looks better in a front yard than freshly cut green grass. Prune all flowers and shrubs. Get rid of all dying blooms, that way they wont affect any others.
Clean the siding: This is one thing that often gets forgotten, or even unnoticed by homeowners. However, those who will notice it are those that will be visiting you in the Spring and Summer for outdoor BBQ’s. Get rid of dirt and grime that can cause mildew and shorten the life of your siding.
Tip: A bucket of warm soapy water and a long handles brush are all you really need. Rinse off with your garden house when finished. No fancy cleaning solutions will really make a difference. With a little elbow grease, your home will look like new.
Inspect the Roof: Our roofs take a beating in the winter with all the rain, or snow for those who get it. Take a close look at your roof for any loose or broken tiles. Also check for missing shingles, worn and rusted flashing, and cracked boots around vent pipes. These may not seem like a big deal now, but delaying repair can cause problems later on.
Tip: To save you from a potential accident, make it easy on yourself by checking your roof with a pair of binoculars while standing firmly—and safely—on the ground.
Doing these few simple tasks will make a big difference in your home. Make use of this beautiful March weather!